Update from Orienteering Canada
THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES
THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!
As 2016 has drawn to a close, it is time to take a step back and say thank you to all the many, many people who have contributed to making orienteering a success across Canada over the past year. From mappers to administrators, members and coaches to course setters, thank you to all our volunteers. You make our sport happen!
Thank you also to all those who have stepped forward to participate on Orienteering Canada's many committees and working groups. Without you the job of the Board would be impossible!
SPORT CANADA ANNOUNCEMENT
Orienteering Canada is very pleased to announce to we have, after much time and effort, met all the eligibility requirements for funding from Sport Canada. While there are still some hoops to go through before we see any actual funding, we have now made it successfully to the first control! The next stage of the process is the assessment phase to determine the amount of funding we are eligible for. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Tracy Bradley and Charlotte MacNaughton for steering us through this process.
CANADA 150 ORIENTEERING FESTIVAL
The Canada 150 Orienteering Festival, or O-Fest 150 as the organizers calling it (an easier way to handle the long name!) will be comprised of the 2017 Canadian Champs, the 2017 Eastern Canadian Champs and the Ottawa O-Fest. The website is now up and running at www.coc2017.ca . Some details are yet to be finalized, so stay tuned for updates!
New since last newsletter: The Eastern Champs will be held in Morin Heights - an old map being redone by Francis Falardeau for next summer. The Sass Peepre Camp will be run from Sunday, July 30 to Tuesday August 1, also in Morin Heights. We are very excited to be back in Morin Heights after many years of absence for the orienteering community.
COC 2017 Accommodation Notes
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!
Orienteering Canada will once again be coordinating efforts to hire foreign mappers for clubs, where local mappers are not available. Stefan Bergstrom is once again administrating this project for us. If your club is interested in bringing in a foreign mapper, please contact Stefan at email@example.com as soon as possible.
The IOF has reached out to its members for two consultations recently.
The first was about the inclusion of the World Masters Orienteering Championships in the World Masters Games- thank you to all those who provided us with feedback to send on to the IOF. Most were interested in seeing the World Masters Orienteering Championships separated from the World Masters Games.
The second was about the IOF's draft Strategic Directions for the upcoming years. One of the main goals for the IOF is the inclusion of Orienteering in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The question we posed to the Canadian orienteering community was regarding the goal, and whether we support it or not. Thank you to all who responded to the survey that was sent out. The result of the survey show diverse opinions about whether orienteering should be included. In a nutshell, 65% are in agreement with the Olympic/Paralympic goal, 16% are on the fence and/or neutral and 19% do not agree with the Olympic/Paralympic goal. This message has been passed along to the IOF.
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 (May 20 -28) and World Orienteering Day (May 24th). These are the perfect opportunities to schedule some beginner-friendly events and do some extra promotional efforts to encourage more folks to try orienteering.
- Coaching and officials clinics: Will you add a coaching and officials clinic to your schedule? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on hosting a clinic.