November 2013, Issue 5 - Canadian Orienteering Championships

In This Issue

Controller's Notes

The theme of this month's newsletter is the Hamilton Orienteering Nationals. As part of the organizing committee for the 2014 Whistler COCs (and the course setter of the sprint in Whistler village) I was particularly interested to see what GHO would do this year. 
I was very impressed with their organization and returned to Vancouver inspired to work hard and maintain the standard for COCs that GHO set.

As the 2013 orienteering season comes to a close, I want to wish everyone a great orienteering winter (whatever that may mean for your club) and I hope to see each and every one of you out for Vancouver Sprint Camp in February, COCs and WCOCs in August and/or NAOCs in October!

Meghan Rance 
O Canada Editor

Update from the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors

Here’s a quick update of some things going on at the Orienteering Canada level:
Christmas Ideas for the Orienteers in your Life
Orienteering Canada sells a number of branded items that are 1) very swanky looking, 2) help to get the Orienteering Canada brand and message out there and 3) make for great Christmas gift ideas. We partner with the to sell these items. The latest addition is a great looking Trimtex technical running shirt which shares design elements with the new national team uniform. The shirt is available in men’s and women’s sizes and sell for $50. This is a fundraiser for the development of elite orienteering in Canada. You can also buy buffs, stickers and patches too.
Annual General Meeting Recap
Orienteering Canada’s AGM was held Oct 11, Friday evening after the sprint race at the Canadian Championships in Hamilton. Thanks to all who attended and provided input. Dave Graupner was elected as Treasurer. Forest Pearson and Bruce Rennie were elected as members-at-large. At the next board meeting after the AGM, Stan Woods was appointed to the Board to fill the vacant director-at-large position. Thanks to Kitty Jones and Jim Webster for their work on the nominating committee. All that’s left is to fill the vacant President’s position. The new by-laws were passed so we are a step closer to our transition to Canada’s new not-for-profit act. For those of you interested in governance, you can find more info about the new act at 
Coaching Program
We completed a pilot version of our new introduction to competitive orienteering course on Oct 20 in Ottawa. The coaching crew now gets to work on developing the content over the next few months. A big thanks to Bill Anderson and Tracy Bradley for their leadership in this area.
Sport Leadership Conference
 Orienteering Canada’s ED and Asst ED Charlotte MacNaughton and Tracy Bradley attended the Coaching Association of Canada’s Sport Leadership conference Nov 7-9 in Calgary. 
This is an annual conference that focuses on coaching development and sport leadership. Charlotte MacNaughton, Kitty Jones and Deanne Stephen all attended some long term athlete development mini-summits and gathered a number of great ideas regarding LTAD implementation.
Canadian Orienteering Championships
Thank you Golden Horseshoe Orienteering (GHO) for organizing a top-notch championships over the Thanksgiving long weekend. Great courses, great social environment, great learning sessions. Thanks to Mike Waddington and Mark Tarnopolsky for their talks Saturday afternoon on the evolution of the Adventure Running Kids program and on nutrition for athletes. Thanks to GHO for organizing the HPP fundraiser on Thursday. The High Performance Program gang is extremely grateful. Also big thanks to Emily Ross for coordinating the silent auction, which brought in $4000 to the High Performance Program. We are looking forward to gathering again at the 2014 Canadian Championships in August in Whistler, BC. ( and the North American 
Championships in Arnprior, ON in October (
And don’t forget… You can see the national event database in action at
So far all the BC and Alberta clubs, Manitoba, Stars Orienteering and other Canadian clubs are using the system. ContactThomas Nipen ( or Russell Porter ( for information about how to include your club’s events in the database.
Best regards from the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors & Staff: Alex Kerr, Dave Graupner, Ian Sidders, Jeff Teustch, Bruce Rennie, Forest Pearson, Stan Woods, Tracy Bradley & Charlotte MacNaughton

How to Tie your Shoes Like Emily Kemp

By Emily Kemp

1. To tie your shoes like a pro all you’ll need is a pair of shoes with shoelaces and two hands. Here I’ve labelled my two shoelaces A and B so that you can keep track of them.
2. Start by tying a normal bow but leave the knot loose since we’ll be doing funky stuff with it next.
3. Pull out loop A so that you have the loose shoelace in your hand. Loop B is just chillin’ in my watch hand.
4. Now here’s where it gets a tad tricky. Make a small loop with shoelace A and put it through loop B. Now I have loop A in my watch hand and shoelace B in my other hand.
5. Pull shoelace B until the knot around loop A is nice and snug.
6. Now make a loop with shoelace B and thread it through loop A. Loop B is now in my watch hand and I have shoelace A all loosey-goosey in my other hand.
7. Pull shoelace A tight. A trick to remember which shoelace you should be using: after you pull it tight don’t let go of it; that’s the one you’ll be making the next loop with.
8. Continue with these last two steps (Pictures 6 and 7) until you almost run out of shoelace. Instead of making another loop with the loose shoelace, thread it completely through the loop.
9. Pull everything tight, et voila!
10. An added precaution against it coming undone is to tuck the whole creation underneath the rest of the laces.
Repeat this for the other shoe and you’re all ready to take on any terrain and never have your shoelaces come undone!
An added plus is that it’s a piece of cake to get undone! When you want to untie your shoes you just have to undo the last shoelace that you threaded through a loop and then pull both loose ends… it’s like magic!

Club Management 101

By Tracy Bradley

Here are a couple questions received after last month’s club development article:
1.        If a club wants to pursue better practices- where do we start?
2.       Our club board meetings are very long.  How can we make our meetings more manageable and stay on topic?
Two AWESOME questions!  Not everything will work for everyone or every club but let’s map out some ideas here for you to consider. 
What is the first step in getting your club on track?  First think about your club from two perspectives:
1.        Sport Delivery                  2.  Sport Management
Regardless of the sport or club you generally “do business” in two ways.  So let’s focus on the management side of things.  The easiest and simplest way to get your club on track is to use a yearly calendar.

Step 1- Find a calendar system that works for you

Adopt a yearly calendar.  Sites such as google, a shared outlook folder is the easiest way to do this

Step 2- Simplify by categorizing

Start categorizing your events into the two categories and colour code.  Anything on the sport delivery side is one colour and would include things such as: group training times, events, competitions, coaches training, open houses, guest visits, officials training etc.  Sport Management would be a different colour and would include things such as: Board meetings, committee meetings, Etc.

Step 3 – Keeping the calendar public or private?

Access to your calendar- you may wish to post most of your calendar online and be made public- also consider WHO will be updating the calendar.

Step 4- Organizing your affairs

Once you are organized in a calendar, another good habit is to have a collection of all your documents in two different places.  Many clubs have the secretary collect and keep documents; however, I’m inclined to suggest having a backup of all club documents.  There are many free places to do this- Google docs or Dropbox are two very good options.  Organizing all your affairs into folders will help keep track of everything; here are some suggestions on categorizing folders:  Board docs, Board meetings, coaches, events, policies, constitution and bylaws.
Having copies of everything electronic not only ensures seamless information turnover as new people come onto the board it allows the transfer of knowledge to continue for many years to come.

Next month’s topic!
Next month we will tackle the question that always comes up: “Board meeting management”- Are your board meetings more than two hours long?  Do you spend your time listening to reports rather than important topics that require discussion?  A simple change in your agenda will promote good time management and leave lots of time in your meetings for the discussion items that matter most!

Always happy to hear from you!
Tracy Bradley
Assistant ED

Race Report

This year's nationals (Canadian Orienteering Championships) held October 11-13 in Hamilton ON set the bar for all future championships in Canada. GHO hosted a fantastic event that, from the competitor's perspective, was almost flawless. With amazing fall weather (except for the rain on Sunday), maps, course planning and technology, the event organizers showed why Hamilton is one of the premier orienteering locations in the country.

The Sprint - McMaster University

The Sprint took place Friday afternoon at McMaster University. The university track was converted into an orienteering arena complete with the start, the finish, a warm-up area, a spectator leg and bleacher seating for all.

Straight from the start, competitors entered a complicated area of walls, overhangs and gardens. The course planning took advantage of the campus and set courses with tricky route choices, traps and a nice variety of leg-lengths and direction changes.
A 15 year old and a 14 year old running in the 17-19 category showed that they will be runners to watch in the coming years. Both Emma Waddington (GHO) and Michael Svoboda (FWOC) outraced their older competitors to place first in their categories and sixth overall on the elite women's and men's courses.
In the elite women's category,Charlotte Ward, a UK import currently studying at McMaster University, beat Louise Oram (GVOC) by 43 seconds. Louise did not get the chance for a rematch because Charlotte is an urban-sprint specialist and did not race the middle or the long.

In the elite men's category, Will Critchley (EOOC) battled for the sprint title with Damian Konotopetz (CdeB). The two racers started just one minute apart and saw each other throughout the twisty campus course. In the end, Will was faster by 39 seconds.

The Middle - Mineral Springs

Saturday morning was the middle distance race at Mineral Springs, the area used for the 1975 Canadian Championships. Mineral Springs is open kame and kettle terrain. If you could power up the steep hills, there was not much on the ground other than mud and a few burrs to stop you. 

The start was held in a corn field on the edge of the map. Competitors descended down into an area of complicated contours, through a low swampy area (which was swampier than usual due to a wetter than average year) and up a killer hill to the finish.
The map sample below shows the variations on the middle distance long leg across the courses. Which route would you take?
JWOC team member, Kendra Murray (YOA) showed off her technical orienteering skills gained in Europe and the Yukon by winning the W17-20 category by more than 15 minutes.

Alexander Bergstrom's (OOC) victory in M17-20 was considerably smaller, only 22 seconds.

Louise Oram (GVOC) claimed the elite women's race by 8 minutes and Serghei Logvin (GHO) eked out a win over Eric Kemp (OOC) by 12 seconds on the elite men's course.

The Long - Mineral Springs

The long distance was held on the northern and eastern portions of the Mineral Springs map. This portion of the map had a more concentrated trail network than the western portion of the map and lent itself to long route choice legs.

The map sample below shows the variations on the long leg on the different courses.
Serghei Logvin (GHO), Eric Kemp (OOC) and Will Critchley (EOOC) were the fastest men on the long leg. They were also the three fastest on the course. Serghei was leading for most of the race but mistakes on controls 19,20 and 23 meant that he was only one second ahead of Will at the second last control. Will pushed hard and found three seconds on Serghei on the final hill and the finish chute, winning the race by two seconds after 11.6 km. Eric Kemp was third, one minute behind.
Louise Oram beat out Katarina Smith (Falcons) for the title in the women's race.
Next year's Canadian Orienteering Championships will be held in Whistler, BC.

Triple Champions

Congratulations to the six competitors who won all three races (sprint, middle, long) in their categories at the 2013 Nationals.
Andrei Popovici - GHO - M 15-16                   Julia Cioban - Stars - W 35-44
Marianna Weber- GHO - W 45-54                    Marg Ellis - GVOC - W 65-74
Don Scott - EOOC - M 85+                             Nesta Leduc - YOA - W 80-84

2013 Canada Cup Champions

The sprint, middle and long distance races at the Canadian Orienteering Championships in Hamilton were the last of 14 Canada Cups held in 2013.
At each Canada Cup race, participants in the men's and women's elite classes receive points based on their placing.

Louise Oram from GVOC won the women's category for the 3rd year in a row with 153 points. Catherine Hoofd, a former member of the Belgian JWOC team currently living in Vancouver, placed 2nd.
Galyna Petrenko from Ontario club VO2 was 3rd.

The men's competition came down to the final race and a tie-breaker. One of Damian Konotopetz's (CdeB) major goals this season was to win the Canada Cup series to prove that he could be consistent and have many great performances on all different types of terrain. Damian came into the Canadian Championships weekend with a 14 point lead over second place Magnus Johansson (GVOC) and a 22 point lead over 4th place Will Critchley (EOOC). However, 1st place finishes for Will in the sprint and the long left both Damian and Will with 134 Canada Cup points at the end of the competition. If athletes end up with the same overall score, it is the overall score in the Canada Cups which are WREs that decide a winner.

Damian managed to eke out a win on the tie-breaker by scoring 30 points in the WRE Sprint and 23 points in the WRE Middle for a total of 53. Will scored 40 points in the sprint and 12 points in the middle for a total of 52 points. Serghei Logvin (GHO) was 3rd.

When all Canada Cup points are tallied by club, GVOC places 1st with 504 points, CdeB 2nd with 214 points and GHO 3rd with 204 points. Despite a commanding lead in the point totals for the past 3 years, GVOC will have to watch out for the other clubs in 2014 when GVOC heavy-hitters Louise Oram and Thomas Nipen move to Oslo.

Full list of the final 2013 rankings
Damian's Blog about his Canada Cup win and 2013 Nationals

From the Archives

Orienteering Canada Fall 1989

Orienteering Canada has recently posted PDFs of all its old newsletters dating back all the way to the 1960s. Check them out to see young faces, vintage orienteering ads, and much more!

Here is a thesis on route choice from 1989.

Quiz Time

Match the control on each map segment control to the correct picture.

The answers are at the bottom of the newsletter

O-Store at Nationals

The 2013 Nationals in Hamilton was a wonderful event. Many thanks to GHO and the organizing team for putting on a superb weekend of orienteering. If “Get Muddy” is a slogan of Adventure Running Kids, we all qualified, not just the kids! Perhaps we could add “Get Burry” as well?
The O-Store was delighted to be a part of the weekend and we want to thank the event organizers and all the participants for welcoming us. It is such fun to hang out at the O-Store and share O-stories with all the other participants – the great route choices, the terrible route choices, getting lost on the map or brilliant relocating. Perhaps the most rewarding thing for us, as the O-Store people, is when others actually thank us for being at the event. We have talked among the family about how important it is to us that the O-Store to be a true part of the orienteering  community, and when we hear the thank yous, but feel we should be thanking orienteers for visiting the store, we believe we’re in the right place.
Saturday at the Middle event was the busiest day the O-Store has ever had. I just did some stats:
Over the entire weekend the most popular item? The Orienteering Canada Supporter Shirt! By a long shot! That brilliant design that almost makes you feel like you are on the Canadian team and ready for WOC or JWOC. And it’s a fundraiser for the High Performance Programme as well, so everyone wins. 
Here are some other “most popular”s, by category from the weekend:
Compasses: the #8 (rainbow model) closely followed by the #3 (black trim);
Shoes: the OROC 280 and the VJ Bold;
Pants: The new Trimtex Trainer pants (in fact we sold out of them on the weekend!) and the Trimtex full length pants;
SI sticks: the #8;
Control Description Holders: The Combi long and the Tube long;
Some other popular items: Bifocal glasses, gaiters and the HPP fundraiser buffs.
Thanks Hamilton for the forests, the hills, the mud, the fun, the camaraderie. Thanks for your hospitality. We all meet again at Whistler next summer for the 2014 Canadian Champs. See you there, if not before!

Around the Refreshment Table

Calvin Alexander O'Brien Smith was born Sept 8, 2013 in Prince George, BC to former national team member Mike Smith and his partner Anita O’Brien.
Canadian national team member Carol Ross and US Ski-O team member Greg Walker got engaged at the summit of Tahoe Donner Saturday, November 2nd while on a run. They celebrated with champagne that Greg had previously stashed on the mountain.
Swiss superstar Simone Niggli, orienteering's most decorated athlete on the international stage, has announced her retirement from competitive orienteering. Between 2001 and 2013 Simone won 23 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze at the world championships.

Simone (35) and her husband, Swiss Orienteering Coach Matthias Niggli, have a 5 year old daughter and 2 year old twins. 
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