Friday, August 9, 2019

World Orienteering Championships 2019!

WOC is next week!

The World Orienteering Championships (WOC) will take place in southern Norway next week. A total of eight athletes will be representing Canada. This year there will only be forest races, no sprint races. The distances and the Canadian athletes are:

Tuesday, August 13th:
Middle qualifier (Emily Kemp, Emma Waddington, Jennifer MacKeigan, Pia Blake, Jan Erik Naess, Michael Svoboda, Robert Graham)
First start: 10 AM local, 4 AM Eastern Time

Wednesday, August 14th:
Long final (Emma Waddington, Will Critchley)
First start: 10:24 AM local, 4:24 AM Eastern Time

Thursday, August 15th:
Rest day

Friday, August 16th:
Middle final (top 60 athletes per gender qualify)
First start: 13:28 AM local, 7:28 AM Eastern Time

Saturday, Aug 17th:
Relay (Emily Kemp, Emma Waddington, Pia Blake, and Jan Erik Naess, Michael Svoboda, Robert Graham, running orders TBD)
Women: 4:20 PM local, 10:20 AM Eastern Time
Men: 6:30 PM local, 12:20 PM Eastern Time

It's always an exciting week to see the top orienteers around the world compete! The organizers have a hashtag #woc2019 and they will have live results, blog, TV, and GPS tracking (purchase may be required for live TV and GPS).

Follow WOC:

HPP Instagram:

Go Canada Go!

Greetings from Norway and Team Canada WOC preparation camp (in the middle of the forest),

-Joonas Pääkkönen, team coach, and Safder Raza, team manager

Thursday, June 27, 2019

2019 Silent Auction Fundraiser

Every year the High Performance Program holds a silent auction fundraiser at the Canadian Orienteering Championships. This year, the silent auction will be on Saturday, July 27th in conjunction with the Canadian Orienteering Championships banquet.

Members of the High Performance Program will be donating items, but we greatly rely on and appreciate donations from the orienteering community and their family and friends.

If you would like to donate something, here are a few ideas:

  • Could your club donate an entry to an upcoming event? 
  • Are you a crafter – can you donate something like a pair of home-made mittens or a hat? pottery? weaving? sculpture? jewellery? 
  • Are you a foodie – can you donate a jar of home-made jam, a batch of cookies, a ready-to-go home-made baking mix, some home-made granola? 
  • Do you have a cabin or cottage that you could donate a gift certificate for a weekend or a week’s stay at? 
  • Do you live in a tourist destination and could offer B&B for a weekend or longer? (especially great if it was in conjunction with future orienteering events) 
  • Are you an artist – do you have a sketch of an orienteering scene, or a great photograph that you could put in a frame? 
  • Could you ask your local running/sport store to donate an item? 
  • Do you have a new unused item kicking around your house that you would love to get rid of – it might just be someone else’s treasure! 
  • Other ideas? Think about what you would like to bid on. 
If you have an item to donate, you can bring it with you to the Canadian Orienteering Championships or send it along with someone who is attendingThe HPP is very appreciative of all the support we receive and we look forward to seeing you in Quebec! 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Contract Job Opportunity: High Performance Committee Manager

We are searching for a new High Performance Committee (HPC) Manager. 

The job description can be found here. The High Performance Committee terms of reference can be found here. It is a paid position (hourly wage to be discussed) that is done remotely. The position is for up to 4 hours per week (attendance at HPC meetings is expected when possible, but is not paid).

Candidates should submit a letter of interest outlining why they are suitable for the position to by April 22, 2019.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Volunteer Opportunities: Team Manager and Coach for Team Canada at JWOC and WOC 2019

Orienteering Canada’s High Performance Committee is seeking applicants for the volunteer positions of team manager and coach for the 2019 World Orienteering Championship in Norway (August 12-17, 2019 with a training period up to a week before) and Junior World Orienteering Championships in Denmark (July 6-12, 2019 with a training period up to a week before).
Email applications to by April 1, 2019.
Details are available at these links: