August 2014, Issue 9 - Summer Orienteering Event Catch Up

In This Issue

Controller's Notes

Phew! What an glorious orienteering summer. I had the privilege of accompanying the Canadian WOC team in Italy as team leader and course planning the COC Sprint in Whistler Village among other COC duties (like the MCing above). It has been a lot of work but I also have been rewarded with some truly special orienteering experiences.
Orienteering, on occasion, has made me cry but I have never cried from the joy of it. This summer, it happened to me twice. The first time was during a sprint in the medieval town of Conegliano, Italy. I climbed some stairs and rounded a corner by a convent into a narrow walled alley. A choir of nuns was singing and the beautiful sound rose and echoed all around me as I ran. I felt so grateful to be doing my favourite thing in such a special place that tears started streaming down my face mid-race. The second time was on the COC long distance at Black Magic in Whistler. Between the ride up on the chairlift, the gorgeous start location, the emerald green coastal forest, the technically intimidating course that I nailed, the cheers from the chairlift near the end of the race, and the downhill finish to the bottom of Black Mountain, I was so full of love for our sport that I couldn't hold it in (so it came out my eyes).
It is the moments like that that keep me orienteering and the idea that I could give that experience to others is what keeps me orienteering volunteering.
I wish you all as wonderful an orienteering summer as I have had.

If you have any fantastic courses to contribute, something happening in your club, or a great summer orienteering experience, let us know at  We would love to have more content from across the country.

Your O Canada Editor,
Meghan Rance
Your O Canada Editor,
Meghan Rance

Update from the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors

COC/WCOC 2014 - Thank you to all the volunteers involved in the 2014 Canadian and Western Canadian Orienteering Championships in Whistler and Kamloops. The event quality was high and we are very grateful for the many hours of volunteer hours that went into creating these events. Next year’s Canadian Championships will be in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI August 14-21, 2015.

NAOC 2014 - We hope to see many of you at the North American Orienteering Championships in Arnprior, near Ottawa Oct 10-13, 2014Aug 31st is the next deadline to register before the prices go up. The last day to register is Sept 20.

National Teams - Thank you to athletes who represented Canada at the 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championships, World Orienteering Championships and the World University Championships. Next up is the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Brazil Nov 1-8.

Orienteering Canada AGM - The Orienteering Canada AGM was held in Whistler on August 1. We would like to take this opportunity to thank two board members who have finished their terms: Ian Sidders and Alex Kerr.  We thank them for their time, dedication and work on the board and are very happy that they will be staying on in another capacity with the officials and technical committees. We also have three new board members - Jim Blanchard from Nova Scotia and Don Riddle from Alberta are new directors-at-large. Anne Teutsch from Ontario is the new President. 
We encourage you to visit to read the annual reports from the Board, staff and committees.

Orienteering Canada Conference - In addition to the AGM there were 4 Orienteering Canada conference sessions. The Coaching, Sass Peepre Junior Development and High Performance Program committees all held discussion sessions that were well attended. We also had a fun Pecha Kucha evening with 8 presentations. Pecha Kucha is a presentation methodology that involves 20 slides and 20 seconds/slide so the presentations are short and snappy. All the presentations had an orienteering connection of some sort. In an informal end of evening poll, Adam Woods won for the best presentation of the evening and is the proud winner of an Orienteering Canada buff.
Adam Woods in his new Orienteering Canada buff
HPP Silent Auction - A big thanks to all those that donated and bid on items at the silent auction held at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre as part of the COC banquet. Around $4000 was raised for Orienteering Canada's High Performance Program.

Executive Director - Volunteer Executive Director, Charlotte MacNaughton, has stepped down from her Executive Director role. Fortunately, Charlotte will continue her volunteer involvement with Orienteering Canada. She will be responsible for the communications, sponsorship and fund development portfolios with a longer term goal of creating productive committees to work in these areas. She will also be our international relations liaison and will continue to assist Tracy and the new Board with the transition. Charlotte with also continue her involvement on various committees: governance; high performance; celebration, awards & recognition.
New Orienteering Canada President Anne Teutsch presents flowers and a lifetime membership to Charlotte MacNaughton for her long service to the sport of orienteering.
Tracy Bradley is the new Executive Director of Orienteering Canada. Tracy will be working 20 hours/week for Orienteering Canada as the ED, with her primary focus on Orienteering Canada’s operational priorities. Tracy will be working closely with the Board to ensure that we are functioning well administratively and moving forward on our strategic plan objectives. She will also work with the committees, with her primary focus initially dedicated to the coaching and officials committees. Tracy has been the assistant ED for over a year now. Tracy’s experience with many other sports at the national level: diving, swimming, gymnastics, etc, is a great asset for us.

See you in the forest! With best regards from the Orienteering Canada Board of Directors & Staff: Anne Teutsch, Dave Graupner, Jeff Teutsch, Bruce Rennie, Forest Pearson, Stan Woods, Don Riddle, Jim Blanchard, Tracy Bradley & Charlotte MacNaughton

Sphere of Uncertainty

Louise Oram via the HPP Blog

A wise man once coined the term "sphere of uncertainty" to mean the area where you think you are (I may be mis-quoting / mis-remembering something Adrian Z said - my apologies). We usually draw our route on as a line, but often there are times in the course where we only know more generally where we are.

Legend for what I drew (click on image for full map):
- Blue line = the route I believe I took
- Blue shaded area = areas where I was unsure of exactly where in that region I was (crossing vague areas / sidehills)
- Red circles = spots where I identified features that made me pretty sure of where I was
- Red arrow = times I particularly remember looking at a feature visible to the side to approximate where I was in relation to it

Obvious mistakes on 2 and 4: in retrospect it makes sense since I had not managed to be exactly sure where I was coming into these controls (hence the light blue area near the control). Some other hesitations near controls: on 1 and 11 I did not have a clear picture in my head of what the control area would look like, and at 5 I got to the left and had to scan around to figure things out.

Lesson: narrow down the sphere of uncertainty early before the control. Caveat: this may not be needed when you can see large features around the control easily, and/or the control location is not too tricky (e.g. control 4).

I was hoping to do an analysis of my GPS which might tell me I went somewhere different to where I think I did, however mine seems to not exist on the replay. There were some problems getting reception (this race was pretty far into the mountains ;), and many GPS tracks were missing long sections.

World Orienteering Championships 2014


Team Canada on the balcony of their hotel (Albergo Corona) in Lavarone, Italy
Shoulder of team leader Meghan Rance (Vancouver), Will Critchley (Edmonton), Damian Konotopetz (Winnipeg/Calgary), Emily Kemp (Ottawa/St Etienne), Eric Kemp (Ottawa), Tori Owen (Calgary/Kelowna), Louise Oram (Vancouver/Oslo), Robbie Anderson (Ottawa/Goteborg), coach Toni Louhisola (Helsinki)
Photo: Kerstin Burnett
The best elite orienteers (minus a recently retired Simone Niggli) headed to Italy at the beginning of July to compete in the World Orienteering Championships. First up was the sprint in one of the most special sprint locations conceivable - Venice. The qualifier was held on Burano, an island of colourfully painted houses and canals a thirty minute boat ride from Venice. To qualify for the sprint final in Venice that evening racers had to finish in the top 15 of their heat. The qualifying window for the men was tight ~45 seconds behind the winner. Will Critchley placed 18th missed the final by a tough 8 seconds. In 2011, when he made the final with room to spare, the qualifying window was 1:30. Robbie Anderson and Damian Konotopetz felt that they didn't have the legs they needed. They finished 24th and 26th respectively. Tori Owen, Canada's only female entry, finished a solid 24th place in her debut WOC race.
Second half of sprint qualifier (Men's heat 1) on Burano Island.
YouTube recap
Full map
 With no racers in the final, the team took the boat to Venice to spectate. They found a sidewalk patio near a control and enjoyed pizza and gelato while watching the runners negotiate a tricky route.

After the sprint, the team left the heat of Venice and headed north into the mountains. 
The next race was the brand new sprint relay in Trento. The sprint relay is what it sounds like, a mass-start forked relay with sprint distance courses in urban terrain. Each country was allowed one mixed-team of two men and two women. Women run the first and last legs and the men run the middle two. The Canadian team of Louise Oram, Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz and Tori Owen finished 26th on a fast, technically simple course that became slippery in a sudden thunderstorm.
Louise Oram in the mass start of the innagural WOC Sprint Relay.
Swedish tv broadcast
Sprint relay forking map.
The sprint relay was in Trento, a small Italian town. As someone who is still getting used to a large amount of spectators at orienteering events it was a pretty cool experience. All off the athletes were in quarantine before the race started and then the organizers would let us know when it was time for our leg to move to the arena. BUT before that happened, we had to get suited up! I have never run with so many gadgets before.  First you put on your timing anklet, then your GPS unit and then because we were using the new ‘touch free’ SI air system and they wanted to make sure it worked correctly, they had us carry one on our fingers and one on our wrists. So in total we had two SI’s, a GPS, timing ankle and then the usual watch and compass….
So as the last leg runner I was in quarantine the longest and got to listen to the cheers of the crowd and not really know what was going on. When we got called forward it was the closest I have ever felt to being famous as when the last leg runners ran into the stadium there was so much cheering and people reaching out to touch their favorite runners!! It had started raining at the beginning of the race and by the time I was running it was sort of a torrential downpour… which made the cobblestone streets and granite walkways pretty slick! 
- Tori Owen
Robbie Anderson on course in the long distance final.
Swedish tv broadcast 
Photo: Ken Walker Jr.
The new WOC format meant that there were no qualifiers for the long and middle distance races. Up to three start spots for each gender were awarded to countries based on past results (with extra spots available for world and regional champions). Canada had two women's spots and one men's spot. 

The long was a physically difficult and technically challenging race (except for one long route choice leg where the road was the best choice). The men's course was 16.2 km with 820 m climb. The women's course was 11 km and 495 m climb. At over 1200 MASL, the athletes found themselves gasping for air on the steep climbs and fast running. Robbie Anderson persevered to finish in 64th. Louise Oram (38th) and Emily Kemp (25th) had solid but not exceptional races. 
Part of the women's WOC Long course in Lavarone, Italy. Full maps 
The middle distance race, held near Asiago of cheese and Rode ski wax fame, was one of the most successful days results-wise in Canadian WOC history. Emily Kemp finished in 11th place - the third best Canadian WOC result ever after Sandy Hott (9th - Japan, 2005) and Ted de St Croix (10th - Australia, 1985). Louise Oram finished 28th, tying her best ever individual WOC result and setting a new best percentage behind the winner. Both were pleased with their races but felt that there was room for improvement. The team knew that they had done well but took several hours to learn how well since cell and internet coverage were not working in the arena and it was difficult to find posted results. Eric Kemp also had good performance finishing 55th.
Emily Kemp running the WOC 2014 middle distances. Emily finished 11th - the third best Canadian finish at WOC ever.
Swedish tv broadcast (women)
Swedish tv broadcast (men)
Middle Maps  
Photo: WorldofO
The final event of WOC was the relay. The women ran first, with Emily Kemp starting for Canada. The field spread out quickly on the technical course. Emily, Louise and Tori finished 19th (one spot higher than last year). Will, Robbie and Eric all had tough days. They finished 31st.

Like every year, WOC 2014 had its highs and its lows, triumphs and not triumphs. Overall, it was a well organized event in some spectacular venues. You can't ask for more than that!
Mass start of the men's relay.
Swedish tv broadcast
Full maps 
Photo: Ken Walker Jr.

HPP Fundraiser

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the 2014 High Performance Program (HPP) Silent Auction! The Silent Auction is an annual event, and it is one of the largest fundraisers for the HPP. This year, it took place at the Canadian Orienteering Championships Banquet in Whistler, BC.  The event raised around $4000! The money raised goes directly to support HPP initiatives, including training camps and coaches for HPP athletes. The event would not be a success without all of the individuals and organizations who generously donated items, as well as everyone who participated in the bidding.
Thank you! If you would like to contribute to the HPP, you can start planning your Silent Auction donation for the next COCs or make a monetary donation at any time.
Please contact Emily Ross
( with any questions.

EOOC (Edmonton) Raises Money for the HPP

A bouquet of thanks from Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Program (HPP) to the Edmonton Overlanders Orienteering Club (EOOC). Each year, EOOC designates one of their events as a fundraiser to Orienteering Canada’s HPP. This year their July 2nd event at Forest Heights in Edmonton was their designated event. The timing corresponded with the beginning of the World Championships in Italy. They had a display about the HPP and highlighted EOOC and senior national team member Will Critchley. Their event netted a $407.50 donation to the HPP. Thank you EOOC!

Junior World Orienteering Championships 2014


Canadian JWOC team:  Robbie Graham (Ottawa), Adam Woods (Vancouver), Pia Blake (Whitehorse),  Trevor Bray (Whitehorse), coach Raphael Ferrand (Grenoble, France), Michael Svoboda (Calgary),Emma Sherwood (Calgary), Alexander Bergstrom (Ottawa),team leader Stefan Bergstrom (Ottawa)
Photo: Robert Svoboda
The World Junior Orienteering Championships were held in the ski resort town of Borovets, Bulgaria from July 21- 28th. There were five races: sprint, long, middle qualifier, middle final and relay. While the competition level is still high, JWOC is much more inclusive than WOC. All participants are able to run all of the races if they want to, B and C finals are available for racers who didn't make the A final, and mixed country relay teams can be formed when countries cannot use all of their runners. After the last race, the athletes from different countries swap jerseys and have a banquet.
Check out the Team Canada blog and the JWOC website for more maps, results and pictures!
Emma Sherwood at the JWOC Sprint
Photo: Robert Svoboda
Women's course - JWOC Long
Full map
Pia Blake running the very tough JWOC Long.
Photo: Ivan Sirakov
Adam Woods during the JWOC Middle qualifier.
Photo: Ivan Sirakov
Men's heat 1 - middle qualifier JWOC
Full map
JWOC Relay men's mass start. Forking map.
Photo: Ivan Sirakov 

(Re)Introducing Tracy Bradley: Orienteering Canada's New Executive Director

It’s hard to believe it has been over a year since I joined the orienteering family.  Over the past year I have had the opportunity to be mentored by Charlotte, work with the board, chat with various committees, be active in the coaching development and represent Orienteering Canada at larger multisport events.  Needless to say it’s been a great year!
For those that may not know a lot about me-here is a little introduction. 
For starters, I’m a mom - Ryan is my 15 year old baseball player. He is a pitcher playing elite level ball and keeps us busy travelling every weekend from May 1st until end of August. Piper is my 2.5 year old.  She is really busy and we would describe her as “spicy”. My partner Todd works in the ICU at a local hospital. He is still actively involved in road racing (cycling). He is a sprinter on a team based out of Kingston, Ontario.  Although, you will never catch me at one of his races. I’m too stressed and tense for a 100km race and the sport scares me to bits!
The first 13 or so years of my career, I was a full time professional coach for one of the largest and most successful gymnastic clubs in Canada. As a program director and head coach, I thrived working with athletes and developing them from a young age. One of the toughest decisions of my life was to leave the sport I competed in and loved. One day Ryan, then 10 asked “Why can’t you have dinner with me every night? You are always with your other kids.” My heart dropped knowing that I had missed so much time with my family. I made the choice to leave coaching gymnastics and decided to take a year to do a post graduate in sport business management.
Since 2008 and after completing my post graduate, I have worked at the NSO level, first with Swimming Canada in a domestic operations role.  During this time at Swimming Canada I also was recruited to work on a National project funded by Sport Canada developing Club Excellence. I’m extremely proud of that project - it is still in operation today and lives at the Canadian Centre for Ethics and Sport.  I developed practical materials for any sport to use in both operations and board level.  I travelled coast to coast hosting workshops in developing excellence at every level of sport- Fun fact- Charlotte was present at one of my very first workshops hosted in Calgary! 
When Diving Canada sought me out to come back (long ago I worked for them as an intern), I jumped at the opportunity to go back to sport a little closer to my roots- upside down and spinning. Currently, I’m still with diving as their high performance coach and club development manager.
I enjoy learning and keeping busy, and when the Orienteering Canada Assistant ED position came up I thought it seemed like a good fit - and here we are!
The most common question I get asked is why I do not work for gymnastics at the national level?  Although I love the sport, I’m very passionate and emotional about it as well.  I don’t think that I would be able to be as objective as I need to be. I tried being a judge - and I’m terrible at it!  Instead, I still create floor and beam routines for provincial and national level athletes, it’s a part of the sport I still really enjoy.
I’ve always been grateful for the opportunity to work in a profession I am absolutely passionate about.  I feel that my years as an athlete then a coach really helped me to understand what the biggest challenges facing sport are and keeps me focused on what’s important and why we are here... the athletes.
In closing, I wanted to share something that is really important to me.  It’s a plaque given to me one year by my group of young athletes. It sits on my desk and is a reminder of why we all do what we do regardless of how we contribute to sport. Together, they wrote a few words about me and chose a few to put on a plaque. For those of you involved in coaching or mentoring - don’t ever under estimate how much your time and attention means to children and how much impact you can have.
I’m really looking forward to this expanded role with Orienteering Canada. I hope to continue the great work already started and be involved in a number of capacities. Please don’t ever hesitate to contact me, and I hope to meet many of you at the upcoming NAOC’s this fall!
Tracy Bradley
Executive Director 

Canadian Orienteering Championships 

Whistler, BC

Part of the men's elite course.
Middle RouteGadget
The 2014 Canadian Orienteering Championships were held in Whistler, BC. The hot, clear weather showed Whistler at its summer best. We hope that the three very different venues for the middle, sprint and long (and those of the HPP fundraiser and relay) did as well. The middle was held on the intricate, rocky terrain of One Duck Lake. Tricky courses were topped off with one of the of toughest finish chutes in recent COC history.
Caelan McLean from the Yukon at the COC middle distance
The sprint brought the racers right into Whistler Village where they navigated the tourists, yoga festival goers and mountain bikers in addition to the levels and angled streets.
Winner of the W21 sprint, Emma Waddington (Hamilton) at the Olympic rings.
Photo: Whistler Tourism/Mike Crane
COC Sprint in Whistler Village - Course 5
Bill Anderson's Whistler Sprint photo quiz
In the afternoon, after the sprint, everyone took the gondola up to the top of Whistler mountain for the HPP fundraiser race. Participants had to guess how long the course through the rocky meadow would take them. While most people wildly overestimated, the winner, Johan Korsman (Umea OK) was just 2 seconds from his predicted time. He was awarded a gift certificate to the O-store.
The Hpp fundraiser terrain near the top of Whistler Mountain
The long distance race started halfway up Blackcomb Mountain and finished at the bottom. Participants took the chairlift up, over the finish and the competition terrain to the start (with a chairlift trail-O to keep them entertained). 
Karen Lachance (GVOC) at the long distance on Blackcomb Mountain
Photo: Whistler Tourism/Mike Crane
Part of the W21E Long course on Black Magic. The crossing between 9 and 10 was so steep that the organisers provided a rope!
The long distance finish chute and arena at the foot of Blackcomb Mountain's Wizard Chair.
Photo: Tourism Whistler/Mike Crane
The last event of the COCs was the relay at Lost Lake. Despite the courses having to be replanned and the arena moved a few days before the event due to tiny migrating toads, the participants were all smiles.
Calgary juniors Emma Sherwood, Alix Stephen and Bridie Pryce get dressed up for the relay
Photo: Charlotte MacNaughton
All maps and results can be found on the COC 2014 website. Next year, the COC's will jump coasts to New Brunswick/Nova Scotia/PEI. 

COC Champions

Congratulations to all of the participants in this year's Canadian Orienteering Championships. The competition was tough this year and only four athletes managed to win all three championship races.
M20 - Joshua Dudley, Maroc (Adam Woods, GVOC Canadian champion all three races)
M55 - Tom Korsman, Umea OK (Ted De St Croix, GVOC Canadian champion all three races)
W65 - Marg Ellis GVOC
M85 - Don Scott EOOC
Full results 

Contacting Orienteering Canada

With the new committees and staff changes at Orienteering Canada, we are working on clarifying how best to contact Orienteering Canada depending on what your inquiry is about. Here are many of the Orienteering Canada email address that should help you direct your inquiry or comment. You can also find this information on the contact page of (

Email prefix followed by for inquiries related to:
info General inquiries, including inquiries to Orienteering Canada staff
coach Coaching, coaching certification 
communications Website, social media, media relations, press releases
doma Orienteering Canada club affiliated members to request a doma account 
finance Requests related to the financial affairs of Orienteering Canada
hpp High Performance program, national teams
insurance Insurance related inquiries, certificate requests
juniordevelopment Sass Peepre national jr training camp, junior development resources
membership Club membership updates to Orienteering Canada
newsletter Ideas and article submissions 
now National Orienteering Week inquiries, NOW scheduling updates 
officials Officials certification, clinics, officials database update 
secretary Requests related to the corporate affairs of Orienteering Canada 
technical Event sanctioning requests, inquiries regarding the Orienteering Canada rules
president To contact Anne Teutsch, Orienteering Canada's President
tracy To contact Orienteering Canada's ED
charlotte Inquiries regarding communications, sponsorship, fundraising, international relations

Sass Peepre Camp

Whistler, BC

Sass Peepre Camp group photo
Photo: Adrian Zissos
The Sass Peepre junior camp was held at the Whistler athletes' village between the COCs and the WCOCs. 50 Canadian and American (and two Swiss) juniors between the ages of 10 and 20 worked on their orienteering technique, ate great food, watched presentations on course planning and JWOC, and played capture the flag. Thanks to all the coaches/cooks/drivers (especially head coach Kitty Jones, registrar Marsha Fehr, and head cook Anne Teutsch) who made such a wonderful camp possible. 
The Sass Peepre participants finished off the camp with a fun relay at the Nester's Hill map

Wildlife Sightings at the Western Canadian Orienteering Championships

By John Rance and Alan Vyse

WCOC middle distance on Sabbiston Creek near Savona, BC
Savona in summer is hot but the Sabiston map, 700 meters above the valley at 1050 MASL is much cooler, even in the midst of an early August heat wave. The area is dominated by Douglas-fir and differs greatly from the mix of ponderosa pine forest and sagebrush grasslands typical of the lower Savona areas such as Six Mile Lake and Gardens Creek.
The area is not often visited. A few cars an hour on the main road was typical and once we met 3 people riding quads and another gathering firewood. Other than that, the area was quiet, empty, and peaceful with spectacular views. In the spring and early summer there were cows but by August they had mostly moved north to higher terrain. Likewise, the Western Tanager, which we chose to symbolize the area, had departed.
We knew snakes and bears were possible but in exploring every corner of the map, we had a fleeting glimpse of a single bear and saw one small gopher snake sunning itself on the side of a path. There was one report of a rattlesnake encounter on the west side of the map in early July and a few days before the event while we were resting in the shade beside the main road a fellow in a pick-up truck stopped to warn us that the area had “many rattlers” and he saw them on the road “everywhere”. We were sceptical. After all we have been orienteering in the Dewdrop area closer to Kamloops for 30 years without any snake problems.
During the long event on Sunday we were surprised to receive several reports of orienteers hearing or seeing rattlesnakes. Some people came across snakes and three abandoned their courses, “rattled” by the encounters. We don’t know why the snakes suddenly appeared. And why no one noticed them during the middle. Alan thinks that it is because the long courses were much closer to the ponds where the snakes hunt. Perhaps they had always been there and we had never noticed them because they hunt primarily between dusk and dawn when their prey is active. We don’t know. Alan went out to the area of the closest sighting armed with a big stick but saw no snakes. However, he did scare Nesta Leduc who wondered who or what he was hunting.
One competitor on the long reported seeing a small black bear running south-west through the middle start. Again, we found nothing when we went to investigate.
Many people dislike or fear snakes, especially rattlers, but the fears are largely unfounded. Rattlesnakes in British Columbia are not aggressive and prefer to hide or sneak away when something large like a human is present. In the past 50 years there has been an average of 3 or 4 rattlesnake bites per year in British Columbia, most caused by foolish behaviour. In that time there were 2 human fatalities attributed to rattlesnakes. 
Alan Vyse (course planner), Marion Owen (controller) and I (WRE Event Advisor) believe Sabiston will become a Kamloops classic and will be used many times in the future probably in the spring and fall to avoid the rattlesnake hazard. Most orienteers visited only a small part of the map area and there are many outstanding courses still to be done. 

The Ackland BC Adventure

By Graeme Ackland

Graeme running the COC long distance on Blackcomb Mountain.
Photo: Whistler Tourism/Mike Crane
As a family, we've always enjoyed orienteering and vacationing in North America. So when we saw the COC was in Whistler, it quickly shot to number one holiday choice.  We didn't really know what to expect, but then, it was in Whistler - what could possibly go wrong? After the training day, there was a definite feeling of nervousness. Lost Lake was rough and the map hard to understand - the other Scots, lads on M20, came back from Nester's Hill (the other training map) and just said "don't bother". 

So with some trepidation we rode the classic Yellow School Bus up to a constrained little assembly at One Duck Lake, and it was fabulous, rather like Finland and nicely mapped with just the right amount of detail. Graeme enjoyed his moment of glory leading M21E (all 9 seconds of it before Mike Waddington arrived) and the elderly professors led the world ranking in Jurassic fashion until the proper orienteers started to come in. James, on M16, kept calm through the early tricky controls, and was a bit surprised at how easy it got later.  In the UK M16 is planned "as hard as you can make it" - though our areas are seldom this technical.

We all love sprints, and Jane had her chance to shine with a big victory on W45 in Whistler. We hadn't visited the main village before the race, and racing it "cold" it took us a while to get the hang of the oddly shaped junctions and the street vs shop "levels". It was great to race with visibility to the public on a tremendous sprint area, which James described as the best he'd ever run on. 
None of us cope well with really rough stuff, so when they advertised very short courses we knew it would be trouble.  Jane and James were a little disappointed with the ski slope orienteering, whereas Graeme got the full nine yards (or 9 km) and just broke 20min/kms and the cutoff time. This was a unique and epic experience that you cannot get in Europe - alone for hours, in a huge primeval forest.
James, Jane and Graeme Ackland won the 6-8 point category at the COC relay at Lost Lake in Whistler. 
The relay was a fun way to wind up the COC events, but we couldn't resist getting up early the next day to rerun each others sprint courses, and collect our woulda coulda shouldas.

Four very different races, but the great thing for us is the way the organisers seemed to understand that, although, yes, it is a major orienteering meet we're really all here to have fun.  Which indeed we did.

So we brought our hard-earned experience of Canadian orienteering to Kamloops where  ...  it was of no use whatsoever!  The sprint, starting with a 10 contour climb through terrain in 30 degree heat, was as far removed from UK sprints as one could imagine. It took us several controls to get a technique sorted out, but once we did it was a blast!  James won, and brimming with confidence and enthusiasm decided to run the World Ranking Course in Savona.  Despite being in a desert, the middle terrain turned out to be quite similar to Scotland and we all coped well. The long, on the same map, was a total contrast, much rougher, vaguer and harder. Jane's run of victories came to a grinding halt with a 57 minute leg (oops) and Graeme collected his 5th second-placed M45 finish (what a loser). We're still not sure whether to be pleased or disappointed not to have seen the bears or snakes.

Overall, one of our best holidays ever. Next year we'll be back among 5000 people at the Scottish 6-day and WOC.  It will be a totally different experience with forests full of people and tracks, but its all orienteering - which is what makes ours such a wonderful sport.

World University Orienteering Championships

Czech Republic

WUOC 2014 team - Damian Konotopetz (Winnipeg/Calgary), Emily Kemp (Ottawa/St Etienne), Graeme Rennie (North Vancouver), Tori Owen (Calgary/Kelowna) - Not shown Eric Kemp (Ottawa)
The World University Championships 2014 (WUOC) were held August 12-16 in Olomouc, Czech Republic (300 km east of Prague). WUOC is held every two years and is open to athletes 17-27 who are currently enrolled in university or have graduated within a year of the event. Many of the participants at WUOC also participate for their countries at WOC but it is a place for up and coming orienteers to shine on the world stage.
Full results and maps (including Emily Kemp's 5th place in the middle!)
Tori Owen hands off to Graeme Rennie in the WUOC Sprint Relay
Photo: Robert Svoboda
The first race of these World University Championships took place in the beautiful city of Kroměříž, an hour’s drive from our home base in Olomouc. I haven't run very many Sprint Relays but I was super excited to be able to participate in this one and run the first leg to boot! Unfortunately, the announcer counted down in Czech so I really had no idea when we were supposed to GO! Thankfully, in the list of countries Czech Republic is just after Canada so as soon as she took off I was close on her heels! 
- Emily Kemp
Eric Kemp at the WUOC Long
Photo: Johanka Simkova
The WUOC men's Long with the winners' route choices
The Sprint start triangle flag was about 10m from where we got our maps and the first legs were short, so you got thrown into fast decision making mode right off the bat. No room for errors! We then had a mixture of short and rout choice legs before a long leg in the middle that involved a right and left rout choice, but you had to make the decision before leaving the control.  Because it was a long leg (even the winning man took 3.21 mins to complete), you really had to choose wisely or could loose quite a bit of time! I came to the decision control just after seeing Frederic Tranchand taking off,(a top French runner who ended up placing third) and it was reassuring to see him also come to a full stop when making the rout choice. (of course at the time I didn't know he was looking at the same route choice I was).
- Tori Owen
The long route choice in the WUOC sprint.
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Graeme Rennie running the WUOC Middle distance
Photo: Johanka Simkova
 The relay was really exiting and the most enjoyable race I have ever run. I had a really great race in general but again it could have been a whole lot better. It was pretty chaotic at the start of the mass start and I was happy that I was able to do my own race so that I went to all the right forkings and not just run like an idiot and follow whoever. I was running very well up until right before the spectator control where I got a bit ahead of myself in planning the final loop after the spectator control and skipped the 16th control. Something just didn't seem right as I was running to the spectator control and then I realized I had skipped #16 and had to start running back to it, most likely swearing the whole time as I crashed through the green as fast as I could. It is a terrible feeling running by so many teams that you were ahead of just because you unintentionally missed a control. I was running in 12th up until that point but dropped to 20th and maintained that position to the changeover and tagged off to Eric who was running second. Eric had a good run and tagged off to Graeme who also had a decent run. We ended up finishing in 18th which is the best result Canada has ever had if I am not wrong.
- Damian Konotopetz 

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