Thursday, July 30, 2015

WOC Preview

The World Orienteering Championships in Inverness, Scotland start tomorrow (Friday)! Here's what you need to know about the Canadian athletes, schedule and how to watch.

Start Times
Friday, July 31
Sprint Qualifier
18:00 – 19:55
Saturday, August 1
Sprint Relay
Sunday, August 2
Sprint Final
Monday,  August 3
Rest day & Medal Ceremony

Tuesday, August 4
Wednesday, August 5
Thursday, August 6
Rest day & Medal Ceremony

Firday, August 7
* Start times are in British Summer Time (BST). This is 5 hours ahead of EST (i.e. Ottawa), and 8 hours ahead of PST (i.e. Vancouver).

Meghan Rance is the team leader and Raphael Ferrand is the coach. The following athletes are racing for Canada*:

Sprint Qualifier
Robbie Anderson, Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz
Tori Owen, Emma Waddington
Sprint Relay
Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz, Louise Oram, Tori Owen
Sprint Final
TBD based on qualification heats
Middle Final
Brian May, Damian Konotopetz
Emily Kemp, Louise Oram
Robbie Anderson, Will Critchley, Damian Konotopetz
Emily Kemp, Louise Oram, Tori Owen
Will Critchley, Robbie Anderson
Emily Kemp, Louise Oram
* Some changes to the team could happen (e.g. in the case of injuries), in which case the National Team Coach and Selection Committee will determine these spots.

The official event website is: There will be live pages for each event as well as athlete profiles, spectator information for each day, race previews, start lists and post-race reporting.

You can buy an IOF LiveCenter Portal pass to watch live TV, commentary and live GPS for all the races. It costs 18 euros for the week or 5-10 euros per individual race.

The WorldofO also tends to have good coverage (including in-depth race analysis) and an active Twitter.

BBC Alba will be broadcoasting live coverage of the Sprint Relay, Sprint Final, and Relay Races. You may be able to access it via their iPlayer shortly after broadcast.

We will be posting updates on the blog and Orienteering Canada's Facebook (with as many updates as possible from the team on the ground), so be sure to check back. There are also many other Canadians racing in the public Scottish 6 Days, so you can follow them too! Go Canada go!

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