O Canada November 2016, Issue 17
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The newsletter of Orienteering Canada
November 2016, Issue 17

I N   T H I S   I S S U E

Controller's Notes
Update from Orienteering Canada
ParticipACTION Playlist
KidsCAN Day- An Interview with Tori Owen
Coach Communiqué
Orienteering on Heartland

World Masters in New Zealand
Halloween Pumpkin Contest
Photo-O Puzzle
Around the Refreshment Table
From the Archives
Contacting Orienteering Canada

Controller's Notes


Thanks to all who submitted content and content ideas 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. Upcoming submission deadlines: December 15, January 30, March 15.
Header photo by David Roberts. Finn & Riley Roberts at Quarry Lake, Canmore.

Update from Orienteering Canada


Welcome to new committee members
The Orienteering Canada Board has recently approved various committee appointments. A big thanks to the volunteers who have stepped forward to assist with these committees that move the work of Orienteering Canada forward. We are still looking for members for these committees: Ski-orienteering, New Participant Recruitment, Celebration, Awards & Recognition committees. We are also talking about starting a mapping committee. Please contact for more info or to express your interest.

2017 High Performance Program
Applications are due November 25th for the 2017 High Performance Program (HPP). Athletes who wish to represent Canada at the Junior World Orienteering Champs, the World Orienteering Champs, World Cups, World Universtiy Orienteering Champs, and the World games are required to be members of the HPP. 

The High Performance Program is designed specifically to support athletes who wish to achieve excellence in international orienteering. The HPP offers coaching support, training opportunities, and other benefits that will assist athletes in achieving their goals. The HPP includes athletes, but also the support system of volunteers and coaches as we try to encourage a broader community around our top athletes. The HPP supports athletes in the Learn to Compete, Train to Compete and Train to Win stages of Orienteering Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD). Information about applying to the 2017 HPP can be found here!

Rule Revision
Every two years, Orienteering Canada's Technical Committee conducts a review of the Orienteering Canada rules. The technical committee would like to complete this review by the end of this year so any revisions can be made early in 2017 for the 2017 season. If you have any particular items, questions or suggestions for things the Technical Committee should look at in the rules, please email before the end of November.

2017 Planning
As the season winds down and your club/association starts to think about the 2017 season, here are a few things we would like you to consider in your scheduling:
  • National Orienteering Week is May 20-28, 2017 & World Orienteering Day is May 24. Please schedule a beginner friendly orienteering event during that time. Feel free to send any ideas for recruiting new Orienteers to so we can share them among the community.
  • Coaching and officials clinics: Will you be adding a coaching and officials clinic to your schedule? Contact for more info on hosting a clinic. 

1967-2017 Orienteering Canada turns 50
Orienteering Canada celebrates being 50 years old in 2017! Our plans include:

  • Collections from our history: we are starting to collect stories, old photos, bios of big figures in our history, old maps, and any other publishable history.  Anne Teutsch is heading up this collection process - please email if you have any items or suggestions!
  • 50th anniversary celebrations at the COCs in Ottawa (as Canada celebrates turning 150!) 
  • Developing a 50th anniversary logo and having some great merchandise
  • Launching a fundraising campaign to help develop Orienteering Canada's future
  • Developing an Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame
  • Working with clubs across the country to encourage lots of celebrations at events throughout the year
Have any comments, questions or ideas? connect with us at We'd love to hear from you!

Sport Matters Lobby Day
October 18th was the Sport Matters Lobby Day on Parliament Hill. Close to 50 sport, physical activity and recreation leaders from across Canada came to Ottawa to meet with some 37 Members of Parliament, Senators and government staff. Anne Teutsch and Charlotte MacNaughton attended on behalf of Orienteering Canada. Our message to Parliamentarians was based on Sport Matters' submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and was focused on improvements to the high performance sport budget, the need for a significant, dedicated budget for sport and recreation infrastructure and the need to support the development of a national plan to get more Canadians more active.

World Ranking Events & Advisors
The IOF has approved the sanctioning request for all three 2017 Canadian Orienteering Championships to be World Ranking Events.

Four Canadians have been confirmed as new Word Ranking Event Advisors. The current Canadian Event Advisors are: Stefan Bergstrom, Erik Blake, Jim Blanchard, Brian Ellis, Marg Ellis, Alex Kerr, John Rance & Adrian Zissos. The worldwide list can be found here.

COC 2017
Planning for next summer's Canadian Championships is underway. Registration is expected to open in mid-January.  From July 28 to August 7 the Canada 150 Orienteering Festival will offer 10 days of orienteering excitement for everyone. The first weekend will be the Eastern Canadian Championships, in the Montreal area, hosted by the Montreal Ramblers. During the week, the Ottawa O-Fest will offer a historical revisit to the 1968 Canadian Champs in Gatineau Park, a night-O at a local golf course and, tentatively an event on our lovely Barrens map. Starting on Thursday, August 3, the Canadian Orienteering Championships will centered in Perth and Westport, with the Sprint on Thursday afternoon, the Middle on Saturday and the Long on Sunday.   

A note on accommodation:  From Thursday August 3 to Monday August 7, camping and hard floor dorm style accommodation will be available for our participants at a very reasonable cost in Perth, through your Zone4 registration. With hotel accommodation at a premium in the National Capital area next summer due to Canada's 150 anniversary, we recommend  taking advantage of these camping or dorm options.

For those wanting to stay in hotels, motels, B&Bs, rental cottages, etc., we recommend you look into it early, especially for the Ottawa and Perth portions of the Festival!  In terms of locations and dates here are our suggestions:  July 28 to 30 in Montreal (stay tuned for more detailed locaton); July 30 to August 2 - Ottawa or Gatineau; August 3 to 6 - Perth or Westport. Hope to see a lot of you out for another great COCs!

ParticipACTION Playlist


Vote for Orienteering as part of ParticipACTION’s Playlist! 
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, ParticipACTION is creating the ultimate list of all the physical activities that make us Canadian. It’s called the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and we need to make sure orienteering is on it! Together we can show Canadians why we love orienteering so much, generate interest, and hopefully get more Canadians being physically active and playing.
Go to and vote for orienteering because only 150 activities will make the final list. (Find orienteering on the list, a select it so that there is an orange heart. If you see the orange heart, you have voted)
Throughout 2017, ParticipACTION will challenge Canadians to do all 150 activities for the chance to win incredible prizes. This will be a great chance to promote orienteering to Canadians so please do vote, and vote often! Voting closes December 9th.

KidsCAN Day

This month, I interviewed Tori Owen, member of Orienteering's Team Canada, and Canada's Athletes Representative. See what she has to say about participating in KidsCAN day this year!

Hey Tori! Thanks for taking the time to interview with me today. For those who don’t already know you, tell us a bit about yourself and how you’re involved with Orienteering in Canada
Tori: As an orienteer, I am a member of Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program. I have competed for Canada at one Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) and two Word Orienteering Championships (WOC). On the more organizational side, I am orienteering Canada’s current Athletes representative. It is through this role I am part of the High Performance committee and a board member of Orienteering Canada’s Board of directors.
It's really amazing how involved you are! Tell us a little bit about your latest WOC experience, and some highlights of that experience
Tori: The last WOC I went to was in Scotland in 2015. My Mum and her family are from Scotland, so although it was not my first time visiting Scotland, it was my first time orienteering there. It was pretty special to be able to compete in a country I have always enjoyed visiting. I think the highlight for me was running the relays. I ran in both the sprint relay and the women’s forest relay. Both had amazing an atmosphere that was easy to get swept up in. The forest relay especially was fun and nerve wracking, as I fought to stay focused with some of the worlds best orienteers running around in the forest at the same time. That is nothing to say of the strength of my teammates!
Absolutely, we've seen some incredible performances from your teammates this year. You’ve been around the Orienteering community for a quite while yourself though- we orienteered together as kids! What about orienteering has kept you with the sport for so long?
Tori: When I was growing up, much the same as I think it was for you, it was a family sport. We would go on family road trips to compete at the Canadian Orienteering championships. During High School I did less as I was training for cross country skiing, but returned to racing in university, when I realized it was my last year to go to JWOC. I have stuck with it because I like the competitiveness and complexity that is interwoven to create the challenge that is involved in running a ‘good’ race. For even as you get better, there are always things to work on and ways to improve.  
For sure. What do you think is appealing about Orienteering to kids today?
Tori: I think one of the big appeals is that it is different than most of the sports they have tried.  It gives you a chance to get outside, get dirty and not have to follow a path. There is also the mental aspect of navigating while running that adds a whole extra dimension to sport.
I think that unique combination is what draws a lot of people to Orienteering. You recently were at KidsCAN day- can you tell us about KidsCAN and AthletesCAN?
Tori: Well I'll start with AthletesCAN as then it's easier to explain KidsCAN.
AthletesCAN is the association representing Canada’s national team athletes. It is meant to be a collective voice so that sport systems stay athlete centered. AthletesCAN does this by developing athlete leaders who then influence sport policy and inspire a strong culture. The forum is AthletsCAN's flagship event. It is a gathering once a year and a representative from each national team is invited to attend. There are many Olympian and ParaOlympians present, as well as other non Olympic sports like Orienteering. 
KidsCAN day is held the day before the forum and National team athletes are invited to attend if able. The day is an opportunity for youth to meet with national team athletes from a variety of sports. We met with kids to share our individual experiences as national team athletes, demonstrate our individual sports and participate in sport with the students.

And what was your role at KidsCAN day?
Tori: I was at AthleteCAN and KidsCAN representing Orienteering. At KidsCAN I had a station for orienteering. I had set up an indoor multi level orienteering course and had roughly 70 kids run it that day. Each group of kids would get a quick run down on the sport and what it was like to be an athlete in the sport and then I set them free in their school.
How was Orienteering received by the kids?
Tori: It was received enthusiastically. They all ran hard. The school we were at this year was a sports school and the kids were in grades 9 and 10. They picked up the concept of navigating through their school to find the SI boxes easily and we were off to the races (as it were)
If you had to give one piece of advice to a kid just starting orienteering, what would it be?
Tori: To give it a try. You might find that it is the perfect combination of thinking and athleticism; you might find that there is another sport you like better. One of the things I really appreciate about growing up is that I was exposed to a lot of different sports, I got to choose the one that worked for me at that time. That was one of the super cool things about KidsCAN, giving kids the opportunity to see different sports and choose for themselves.  
Great advice, Tori. Hopefully a few will choose Orienteering! Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, and for being such a great asset to the Orienteering Community!
Check out the video made of last year’s event. Orienteering doesn't make it into the footage, but it gives you an idea of what the event is like. Last year the kids were in grades 5 and 6.

Coach Communiqué

This summer, we held a successful Teaching & Learning workshop delivered by a very good facilitator from Sport Alberta – Shelley Fried. Six people completed this multi-sport section of Competition-Introduction and we received positive feedback from those that attended.  At this time, several coaches are completing the mandatory Multi-Sport workshops offered by the Provincial/Territorial Associations towards certification as a Competitive Coach and/or a workshop Facilitator.  We look forward to having NCCP trained competition coaches and NCCP trained learning facilitators in our sport.

Orienteering on Heartland

Are you a fan of the CBC TV show Heartland? Heartland on CBC is filmed in southern Alberta. The Oct 30th episode featured Orienteering on horseback! 

The Heartland folks were even thoughtful enough to tweet a link to and tagged our twitter @OrienteeringCAN for viewers who wanted to find out more about Orienteering. Awesome!!

Watch the full episode here!

World Masters Orienteering in New Zealand!


Calling all Canadians going to the World Masters in New Zealand.
Does orienteering in New Zealand in April sound appealing to you? We think it does! This year the World Masters Orienteering Championships are part of the World Masters Games in Auckland. 25,000 participants from 100 countries are expected. There are 28 sports on the program including orienteering. Masters in orienteering starts at age 35 and goes up in 5 year age categories. No qualification is needed to compete at the World Masters so orienteers of all levels are welcome to compete.
A number of Canadians are heading over. Want to join them? The registration system doesn’t allow us to check which Canadians have registered so some of the folks who are planning to go have asked us to try to gather a list of all the Canadian who are making the trip. So if you are planning to compete at the 2017 World Masters, send us an email at and we’ll connect you with the other World Masters bound Canadians.
And here’s an idea, do you have other sports in your life aside from orienteering? Maybe you want to compete in a second sport at the World Masters Games? A few orienteers have done this before. Its costs $50 NZD to add another sport to your registration. Athletics (cross-country) or road cycling look like they might fit well scheduling wise with orienteering.
More detail at

Halloween Pumpkin Contest


Thanks to everyone who submitted photos of their Orienteering themed pumpkins! Check out the photos below


Photo-O Puzzle


If you're craving a good sprint, or reminiscing about the 2016 COCs, Bill Anderson has just the activity for you (you might still want that run after though!) After the COCs, Bill put together this fun photo sprint for anyone who missed the COCs, or for anyone who wants to re-live the great sprint at the University of Calgary, organized by the Foothills Wanderers Orienteering Club. Check out the Photo-O here!  

Thanks for sharing, Bill!

If you know someone who would like to share their Orienteering thoughts or initiatives with us, e-mail

Around the Refreshment Table


Congratulations to former national team member Victoria Smith and her husband Nick Polzie on the birth of their son on Aug 26: Lincoln Arthur Smith Pol

Congratulations also to former national team member Justine Scheck on her recent marriage to Derek Cronthriller in Whitehorse, Yukon.

From The Archives


From the November 1982 edition, we thought we'd revive this cute cartoon depicting the reality of being an Orienteering Volunteer. Perhaps he needs some notes of gratitude from fellow orienteers! This 2016 season, we were surely grateful for all of ours. Thanks volunteers, we couldn't have done it without you!!

Contacting Orienteering Canada

Are you wondering who to email at Orienteering Canada with your questions, comments and ideas? Orienteering Canada's email directory is handy. You can find this on Orienteering Canada's contact page.

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