O Canada Sumer 2018, Issue 25
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The newsletter of Orienteering Canada
Summer 2018, Issue 25

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 deadline listed below. The newsletter will be published within a few weeks of the submission date.
Upcoming submission deadline: September 10th

Cover photo: the 2018 JWOC Team with their Coaches

Update from Orienteering Canada


Silent auction for NAOC and COC’s
Every year at the COC’s The High Performance Program hosts a silent auction to help raise money for the program. The money raised supports the athletes by paying for coaches and training camps. If you are coming up to the NAOC and COC’s this year in Whitehorse and have room to bring an item for the auction that would be great. If you don’t have room and buy something in Whitehorse we will gladly accept it. If you can’t make it up but would still like to donate, you can send you item up with a friend or club member!

Ideas of things to donate:
-Have you made any cool maps lately?
-Can you offer your coaching skills?
-Have a cabin to rent in the Yukon or maybe COC are on your turf next year
-Are you crafty with your hands?
-Baking is always loved
-Have some O-clothing that is in good condition but doesn’t fit?

If you have any questions you can email Jennifer MacKeigan and if you could give her an idea of what you are bring that would also be greatly appreciated because we can fill-out bid papers ahead of time so we aren’t rushing right before the auction.

 See everyone up in The Great White North!

Course & Class Guidelines Updates
Carol Walker, Technical Committee

There are new Course & Class Guidelines with a bunch of changes to make the courses work better for orienteers of all levels. Here’s a quick look at the most important changes. The complete document with a great explanation of who should run what class is available on the Orienteering Canada Officials page.   

  • There’s a new M/F10 class with a similar technical difficulty to the old M/F12 class, i.e. this course will have controls at every junction. The technical difficulty of the other junior classes have been adjusted.

  • The old M/F17-20 class has been split into two classes: M/F17-18 and M/F19-20. This change was based on feedback from junior coaches that the jump up to M/F17-20 was too much for many juniors.

  • The recommended winning time for course 10 has been changed to 90-100 minutes so that the elite men’s and women’s courses have the same winning time, as requested by the elite women.

  • M/F15-16S, M/F17-20S and M/F21S are new short classes. These are to make a place for juniors and young seniors who may have started orienteering recently or for other reasons would enjoy a shorter and/or less technical course. Medals are not awarded for these classes.

  • Some other classes have changed courses to get classes with similar running speeds onto the same course.

  • The 2017 Orienteering Canada Competition Rules now allow for juniors up to age 16 to look at their map before the race. This is encouraged for courses 1-3 but we recommend M/F15-16 get their map at the start to develop the skills needed for later age classes.

Control Description Updates

The IOF just published the 2018 International Specification for Control Descriptions. The important changes are:

  • There’s a new Trench control description.

  • There’s a new Out of Bounds control description.

  • The Bend description has been moved to Column F from Column G.

  • The Radio or TV Control description is no longer used.

2018 Western Canadian Orienteering Championships

The Western Canadian Championships took place in the surprisingly sunny Vancouver BC area.

The event Schedule was:

Saturday 7th July Mundy Park - Coquitlam      11:00 - 12:30   - Sprint course

Saturday 7th July - New Ioco Map 14:30 - 17:00 - Middle course

Swimming and Banquet - Poirer Sports and Leisure Complex - 18:00 - 21:00 - Swimming and Banquet, Awards for Sprint and Middle

Sunday 8th July - Ioco Map 10:00 - 15:00 - Long course and awards.

Check out results on the GVOC website!

A big thanks to the organizers: Robyn Rennie (Event Director), Hilary Anderson (Assistant), Brian Ellis (Controller), Ben Smith (Organizer), Marg Ellis (Organizer), Bruce Rennie (Course Planner), Joanne Woods (Course Planner), Stan Woods (Course Planner), Alison Schoenhardt (Assistant), Eric Christensen (Host)

Please feel free to share any photos and memories with Katie for a summer recap to come in the fall!

2018 North American and Canadian Orienteering Championships

Are you headed to the Yukon this August for both the North American and Canadian Orienteering Championships?  Hope to see you there!

Sass Peepre Camp

The 2018 Sass Peepre Camp will take place at the Mt MacIntyre Recreation Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon, August 15-16, right before the North American Champs begin. Camp information is here. 
We have some great coaches lining up, including Emily Kemp and other High Performance athletes. 
Looking forward to another awesome camp! Have fun, make new friends and improve your orienteering skills!

The 2017 Sass Peepre Crew

Orange Marks the Spot

A reminder that the Alberta Orienteering Association and the Be Fit For Life Network have partnered to create a new FREE online resource, designed for use in a variety of settings, including school, recreation, sport and community programs. The resource is intended to introduce children ages 5-12 to Orienteering and outdoor adventure skills.

There are 4 lesson plans included in the resource. Each lesson is designed to be approximately 1 hour in length. You can use these lessons as a guideline to support each activity, to allow for participant and instructor creativity. Check out the resource here!



JWOC 2018 in Hungary wrapped up a few weeks ago. The following athletes competed:
The following athletes competed:

Female: Emma WaddingtonRachel MaySianna Dorsey
Male: Jan Erik NaessGraeme FarrandMichael SvobodaDavid BakkerChristian MichelsenTomas Graham 

Jeff Teutsch is the team coach and Meghan Rance is the team manager.

Congratulations to Emma Waddington on her 6th place finish at the JWOC sprint! With this result, she made the podium, but also makes Canadian Orienteering History with the best JWOC Sprint result ever! Jan Erik Naess also made history when he finished 13th in the Long Distance. His is the highest finish by a North American male at JWOC ever. 
Congratulations to all of Team Canada!

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Team Canada competed in the small lake-side village of Kuotane, Finland for the World University Orienteering Championships! Michael Kondro, Emma Waddington, Adam Woods, 
Pia Blake, Robbie Graham, Tomas Graham all ran. Unfortunately, due to a knee injury at JWOC, Michael Svoboda did not run.

See how they did by checking out the High Performance Blog!


We have 4 Canadian athletes competing this year: Jennifer MacKeiganWill CritchleyDamian Konotopetz, and Graeme Rennie. Both Damian and Will have competed at several WOCs previously while this is the first year for Jen and Graeme.

The Canada men are hoping to move up from their excellent 20th position in the WOC relay last year in Estonia. The running order is:

1. Damian Konotopetz, Winnipeg/Calgary
2. Will Critchley, Edmonton
3. Graeme Rennie, Vancouver

This race has special meaning as the Canadian Men are running this race with the initials of long-time national team supporter Adrian Zissos on the inside of their numbers in memory of the long-time supporter who passed away suddenly earlier this year. Adrian was an exceptional backer of the Canadian National Team, serving as Team Leader to several World Championships, participating on the High Performance Committee and Team Selection Committees. He was a Meet Director and IOF Controller for many major events in Canada and North America that were some of the best competitions in the country. And finally, in his role as Director of the Foothills SOGO program, he was helping to develop the next generation of national team athletes. Adrian is missed by the National Team and the team remembers his dedication to the sport and the athletes.


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 Support4Sport Awards

This spring, the following members of OANS were recognized at Sport Nova Scotia's Support4Sport Awards.  These recipients are selected annually by the OANS Board of Directors at our AGM from nominations put forth by OANS members.  On behalf of OANS I would like to congratulate this year's recipients!

Male Individual Athlete: Matt Hall
Matt achieved tremendous success in the 2017 orienteering season, finishing as the top male competitor in the Nova Scotia Orienteering Series and winning the M21E in both the middle and long distance categories at the 2017 Provincial Championships.
Female Individual Athlete: Cheryl Smith
Cheryl achieved success at multiple events within the province and across the country. Cheryl was the co-champion of the Nova Scotia Orienteering Series and won her age group in both the middle and long distance categories at the 2017 Provincial Championships. Cheryl also won gold in her age group at both the Canada Cup Sprint and Canadian OrienteeringChampionships Sprint, and was the Eastern Canadian Champion in middle distance for women’s elite. 
Official: Pam James
Pam officiated all of the OANS Canada Cup events in 2017 which were 3 of 5 NSOS eligible meets. Pam has always been very generous with her time, acting as a mentor to other officials and controlling and planning courses.  Pam is a detail-oriented course planner and controller, advocating and striving to keep provincial events in line with national technical standards. Her time and energy are valuable assets to the sport.
Volunteer: Tony Wheeler
Tony took lead on an extensive mapping project that included the hiring of a foreign mapper and arrangement of accommodations for the mapper, which gained the association 5 new, expanded or updated maps in Nova Scotia which is vital to the quality and development of the sport.

The Kaill Award, while not awarded at the Support4Sport Awards, is perhaps the most prestigious to OANS.  It is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the sport of Orienteering in Nova Scotia. This year's recipient is Kara Turner for her tremendous community outreach efforts especially in the South Shore region of Mahone Bay to Bridgewater.

(Pictured L to R: Pam James Official of the Year, Matt Hall Male Athlete of the Year, Cheryl Smith Female Athlete of the Year)


From The Archives

From the archives this edition, is an ad from a 1969 edition of the OC Newsletter. Who can picture this exact suit?!

Around the Refreshment Table

Our very own Newsletter Editor Katie got engaged this June on a trip to Paris. She and her Fiancé Evan are excitedly planning an East Coast wedding for Summer of 2019!

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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