Tuesday, February 25, 2014

World University Orienteering Championship (WUOC) Team Announced!

Orienteering Canada is pleased to announce that the following athletes have been selected to represent Canada at the 2014 World University Orienteering Championships, or WUOC. This championship will be held in Olomouc, Czech Republic from August 12-17, 2014 (website: wuoc2014.cz).

Team Canada
Emily Kemp (Ottawa, ON)
Tori Owen (Calgary, AB)

Robbie Anderson (Ottawa, ON)
Eric Kemp (Ottawa, ON)
Damian Konotopetz (Winnipeg, MB)
Graeme Rennie (North Vancouver, BC)

There are three individual races at WUOC: a sprint, a middle, and a long distance race. All team members have been selected to run in all three individual races.

There will also be two team relay races. WUOC is introducing a mixed-gender sprint relay, with two men and two women on each team. Graeme Rennie, Damian Konotopetz, Tori Owen, and Emily Kemp have been selected for this relay.

The second relay is a 3 person relay. Robbie Anderson and Eric Kemp have been pre-selected to run in the Men’s relay team. Either Graeme or Damian will join the team depending on who is faster in the Middle distance race at WUOC.

WUOC is a bi-annual event (taking place in even-numbered years). It is one of the more than thirty-two World University Championships, which are organized under the sanctioning of FISU (International University Sports Federation). WUOC is considered an important development opportunity for Canadian Elite orienteers.

Olomouc is an exciting orienteering destination, and was site of the 2008 World Orienteering Champs. To see sample maps of the WUOC race terrain visit http://wuoc2014.cz/maps.html.  

Selection was made by the Senior Team Selection Committee, comprising this year of Brian May, Mike Waddington, and Magali Robert. Orienteering Canada and the High Performance Committee members would like to Brian, Mike, and Magali for their time and dedication to supporting Team Canada and the High Performance Program athletes!

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