Thursday, May 10, 2012

National Orienteering Week ~ What tips would you give a beginner?

As part of National Orienteering Week in Canada (NOW), we asked our High Performance Program athletes "What tips would you give a beginner?"

"Get out on a map as often as possible. Don't be afraid to go over your courses with other orienteers." Emily Ross

"Practice, practice, practice. And run on courses more difficult than you are used to/think you are ready for." Graeme Rennie

"Do not get discouraged by mistakes!" Trevor Bray

"I would say that it is important to always trust your compass, don't assume that you know better than your compass which way is North." Laura Teutsch

"ORIENT YOUR MAP! (always)." Tori Owen

"Keep your head up and look far ahead. You'll be surprised how far ahead you can see." Patrick Goeres

"Think about which way is best to enter the control, and then plan your route to come from
that direction." Louise Oram

"Re-visit old maps -look for features on the map before you see them in the terrain, and visualize them. If you know what is coming you will be able to move more quickly with less hesitation. Kerstin Burnett

We have orienteering events on all over Canada this week. Check out the NOW website and find out what's going on in your area!

You can follow our High Performance Program athletes as they train and compete throughout the year on this blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter @OrienteeringCAN

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