O Canada July 2016, Issue 14
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The newsletter of Orienteering Canada
July 2016, Issue 14

I N   T H I S   I S S U E

Controller's Notes
Update from Orienteering Canada
JWOC Update from Team Canada
Want to Compete at JWOC?
Upcoming Events 
National Orienteering Week 2017
COC's and WCOC's
World University Orienteering Championships
Pokemon Go: A Giant Score-O
From the Archives
Around the Refreshment Table

Controller's Notes


Thanks to all who submitted content for this newsletter. Send your articles, pictures and ideas to Katie at by the submission deadlines listed below. The newsletter will be published within a few weeks after these dates. Submission deadlines: August 10, September 10

Update from Orienteering Canada


Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival
We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Canadian and Western Canadian Orienteering Championships July 23 - August 1 in Alberta. This is a great time to reconnect with your orienteering friends from around the country in some gorgeous terrain.

In addition to the great orienteering and social activities, Orienteering Canada will be hosting our annual Conference.  To get you excited, here are some session titles: Developing Junior Programming; Coaching Workshop; The Inside Scoop on JWOC 2016;  1967-2017 Celebrating 50 Years; Pecha Kucha.  Of course it will also include our ever fascinating, not-to-be-missed AGM!  

Pecha Kucha deserves a special mention - the session consists of a number of 7:00 minute presentations - in fact the idea is 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. 6:40 total. No more!  Subjects range from fun to slightly serious and are always interesting.  Do you have a topic? - we want to hear from you! - please contact to sign up!

A huge thank you to the organizers of this year's Championships!  We all know how much work is involved, and are so grateful for all that you contribute. 

2016 North American Orienteering Championships
Are you planning to attend the NAOCs in Hanover, New Hampshire Sep 23-25? Enter by Friday, September 2 to avoid late fees. We hope to see lots of Canadians there! 

2017 Planning
Canada turns 150 next year, but Orienteering Canada is only 100 years behind!  We are looking forward to some fun as we celebrate our 50th anniversary next year.  It is still relatively early in the planning process, but we do know that we want to engage orienteers across the country in our special activities.  Keep your eye out for competitions, flash backs to 1967, a special re-run of the 1968 (first COCs) championship courses - on the original map, no less - in Ottawa at next year's COCs.  To generate more ideas and lots of interest, we will be holding a brainstorming session as part of our Conference at the COCs this year.  Help us make it a special year!

Join Orienteering Canada in Instagram
Orienteering Canada now has an account in Instagram. You’ll be seeing lots of great orienteering pictures there. You can find us and follow us at
Go Canada Go!!
The Junior World Orienteering Championships just wrapped up in Switzerland, but we still have lots of cheering to do for Canadian athletes over the rest of the summer at the following events:

World University Orienteering Championships : Hungary Jul 30-Aug 4 
World Masters Orienteering Championships : Estonia Aug 5-14 
World Orienteering Championships : Sweden Aug 20-28 

Be sure to follow along (and comment and cheer) on the Team Canada blog and on Orienteering Canada’s social media.

JWOC 2016


Congratulations to all the athletes who represented Canada in Switzerland - Leif Blake, Pia Blake, Robert Graham, Tomas Graham, Caelen McLean, Christian Michelsen, Jan-Erik Naess, Emma Sherwood, Michael Svoboda, Emma Waddington, and Nicole Whitmore, and a very big thank you to Jeff Teutsch (coach), Sabine Schweiger (team manager)  and Erik Blake (communications) for contributing their expertise and time.

Results Summary

Emma Waddington was top Canadian female in 30th. Robert Graham was top Canadian male in 111th

In the middle distance A final, Pia came in 55th (a personal best placing for a forest event). She even got to wear a GPS track! She is the first Canadian woman to make it into the A final since Emily Kemp in 2012.

In the B final, Emma W had a great race to come in 10th (another personal best placing for a forest event). For the boys, Michael came in 17th (a personal best for a forest race), Christian was in 33rd with Robert right behind him in 35th, and Leif in 45th.

In the C final, Nicole came in 15th with some strong splits and Emma S came in 26th after taking it easy due to a knee injury. Jan Erik came in 4th of the men, with many top 3 splits and Caelan came in 17th. Check out the full results at:

Emma Waddington was the top Canadian female in 78th place. The Canadian men all placed between 103rd and 117th, all within a 3.5 minute time span.

Jan-Erik, Leif and Robbie came in 22nd of 58 total teams (16/35 of the official teams once you take out a country's second place teams. Top half!). Michael, Christian and Caelen came in 34th of 58 total teams. Both teams improved over our 40/56 placing (29/36 officially) last year. Emma W, Pia and Nicole came in 36th of 47 totals teams (24/28 in official results). 

Full results, maps, videos and pictures at

JWOC 2016 has come to a close, and with it, undoubtedly, a plethora of new memories, experiences, and lessons for the JWOC runners. Team Canada shares with us some great tips for new Orienteers on the Team Canada Blog .
Tomas encourages new orienteers by saying, "You should never compare yourself to others. Everyone is different. Some have to work extremely hard just to get a minimal benefit, but skills may come naturally for others. You should be your best, not somebody else’s best."

Emma W emphasizes the social aspect of the sport, "Take any opportunity you get to make new friends, and enjoy yourself!"

and Michael gets back to the basics. "Train hard and remember to have fun!"

Check out the Athletes' pre-race rituals and more pieces of advice by checking out the Team Canada Blog yourself!
Photos courtesy of Dave Yee Photography. 
Check out more JWOC photos here!
Check out this JWOC middle distance highlight video.
Looks like some fun and challenging terrain! 

Want to compete at the Junior World Orienteering Championships?

JWOC (Junior World Orienteering Championships) is a competition for mostly 17-20 year old juniors from all over the world to compete at the highest level of orienteering. Juniors from about 40 countries around the world take part. It is a fantastic event to meet and make friends from around the world, see new places, and orienteer in exciting terrain.
The 2016 JWOC ( just took place the Switzerland. Canada sent a team of 6 men and 4 women to challenge the Swiss mountains.
If you are a young Canadian orienteering athlete you should start thinking about how to train and qualify for future JWOCs;  2017 in Finland, 2018 in Hungary, and 2019 in Denmark!
The Canadian JWOC selection committee is using results from major events for the selection, and the athletes must keep a training log to show their training and level of fitness. You also have to be a member of the HPP (Orienteering Canada's High Performance Program).
For the 2017 selection for JWOC in Finland any Canadian junior that is aiming for the team should participate in the following races.
  • Western Canadians 23-25 July 2016
  • Canadian Championships 30-Jul to 1-Aug 2016
  • North-American Championships  23-25 Sep 2016
It is also recommended to participate in as many Canadian Cup events as possible (for example Quebec Championships, BC Championships).
For more information see
Regards from the JWOC selection committee.

Upcoming Events

July 23rd-August 1st: Canadian & Western Canadian Orienteering Championships

July 26th-29th: Sass Pepree National Junior Training Camp

July 29th: 2016  AGM- Canmore Alberta

July 30th- August 4th: World University Orienteering Championships

August 5th-14th: World Masters Orienteering Championships

August 20th-28th: World Orientering Championships- Strömstad-Tanum, Sweden 

September 23rd-25th: North American Orienteering Championships

October 1st and 2nd: Quebec Orienteering Championships (Canada Cup)

And be sure to check out the National Event Database for many orienteering events happening across the country!

National Orienteering Week 2017

MAY 20-28th, 2017

National Orienteering Week (NOW) 2017 will be May 20-28. We shifted NOW forward by a few weeks to coincide with World Orienteering Day (May 24, 2017). This will be the 12th annual National Orienteering Week and an extra special one as Orienteering Canada turns 50! As your clubs plan their 2017 schedule, please do schedule at least one beginner friendly event during NOW. Please do send us any feedback or ideas for National Orienteering Week to 

Canadian and Western Canadian Championships

July 23rd- August 1st

The Icefields Parkway Orienteering Festival is about to begin! Many of you are making your way to the Alberta Rockies as this newsletter goes out. There are just under 350 registrants from 9 countries attending the festival. Here's the program:
  • Fri Jul 22
    Registration package pick-up and model event
  • Sat Jul 23
    WCOC Middle
  • Sun Jul 24
    WCOC Long / WCOC Banquet / PechaKucha presentations
  • Mon Jul 25
    WCOC Sprint
  • Tues Jul 26 - Thur Jul 28
    Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp
  • Fri Jul 29
    Coaching session / Orienteering Canada AGM
  • Sat Jul 30
    COC Middle
  • Sun Jul 31
    COC Long / Jr Development and 50th anniversary discussions / COC Banquet / Silent Auction
  • Mon Aug 1
    COC Sprint / COC Sprint HPP fundraiser
Please follow along on our social media and use the #coc2016 hastag in your posts:

World University Orienteering Championships

Miskolc, Hungary, July 30-August 4.

The 7 Canadian students who will be heading to Hungary to compete in the World University Orienteering Championships have just been announced by CIS. On the roster is Calgary’s Damian Konotopetz (Winnipeg, Man.), a member of both the Dinos track and field and cross country teams. The team also includes Chalmers University of Technology’s Robert Anderson (Ottawa, Ont.), Carleton’s Robert Graham (Ottawa, Ont.) and Eric Kemp (Ottawa, Ont.), UBC’s Emma Sherwood (Calgary, Alta.) and Adam Woods (Coquitlam, B.C.) and Simon Fraser’s Pia Blake (Whitehorse, Y.T.).

Eric will be competing in his second straight world university championship, while
Damian returns for his third time, having represented Canada in both 2012 and 2014. All seven student-athletes are members of the Canadian national orienteering team, having represented Canada at either the senior or junior world championships.

Patrick Saile, an orienteer in Australia and Canada for over 20 years, will serve as team leader. 

“World university championships are unique in that they offer really high level competition, with some of the world's best competing, while at the same time providing an excellent development opportunity for younger athletes,” said Saile. “Canada's team reflects that – there are several athletes who will hope to compete at world championships later this summer. The team also contains a couple of juniors who will be looking to gain valuable international experience against senior athletes.”


Pokemon Go: A Giant Score-O 


If you haven't yet heard of Pokemon Go, you will probably discover it while out on a walk- perhaps in your favourite park, or out and about in the hot spots of your city or town. Pokemon Go is taking the world by storm, and is getting a lot of people outside being active. The smartphone game allows the player to go to real life locations to catch pokemon, or charge up at a nearby pokestop. The user follows a GPS map on their phone to find these locations. Some orienteers have compared it to a score-o on a larger scale. Just think of how many kids (and adults for that matter) who rarely set their eyes on a map, have now started to use them to navigate through their own neighbourhoods on a daily basis. As we know as orienteers, spatial awareness is heightened when we are able to see a map of our area- even a familiar one. The game could prove to provide valuable lessons to children and adults alike.
Pokemon Go also has a few incentives to get active- some pokestops will give you items such as eggs, that can only be activated after walking a certain distance (sometimes 10km!)

Some outdoor enthusiasts surely aren't thrilled with the marriage of smart phones and outdoor activities, but it is important to remember that many individuals who are playing the game weren't getting outside at all before the game came out. Many people have even said their depression and anxiety has been eased by getting outside, thanks to the game. For those individuals, I say go catch 'em all! And who knows, maybe with their newfound map reading skills, and their desire for adventure, we might just gain a few new orienteers out of it.

-Katie McLean

From The Archives


With the 2016 COC's and WCOC's coming up in Canmore, Alberta, we're taking a look back at this Team Alberta photo from 1981 when the team was heading to the Canadian Championships, in Kamloops. It looks like Pat got a little turned around... hopefully not on the course, though! Thanks to Jim Webster for providing this blast to the past!

From left to right: (Back row) Andy, Peter, Jim Webster, Pat Glover, Don Bayly,
(Front row) Russ Kilborne, Heinz Hubacher

Around the Refreshment Table


George Murphy: Edmonton Sports Hall of Famer
On June 13, George Murphy was inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame at an impressive ceremony in Edmonton. He was one of 9 individuals inducted into the Edmonton Hall of Fame for 2016: 4 for arts & culture, 1 for community service and 4 for “building sports”. Orienteering certainly got some amazingly good promo at this event, as the audience included the premier of Alberta, several Alberta MLAs, the mayor of Edmonton, several Edmonton councillors, a bunch of media, and a full hall of supporters including at least a dozen EOOC members. Congratulations, George, and THANK  YOU for your contributions to the sport!!

Jim Webster: Paul Harris award recipient 
Congrats goes out to Jim Webster as well for being awarded the 2016 Paul Harris Award for community volunteers from the City of Kimberley on March 9.

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