Championship classes: non-competitive or competitive (AOA medals and prize for top finishers)
Free BBQ on Saturday for all registrants and volunteers
Join us and support the orienteering community with your attendance!
For more info visit the event Web site. Register before AUGUST 31st for regular price.
Would you like to be part of the great Volunteer team to help out?
We really appreciate and could use any help.
The championships need many helping hands to make it happen. If you have some time to hang out and help with the event please visit the volunteer sign up sheet.There are many choices before, after and during both days. These events are organized by dedicated volunteers who are spending many hours on planning, organizing and running the events. They need your help, please consider filling in for an hour or two, it is fun.Thank You! Please visit the Volunteer sign up sheet.
Community Coach workshop - September 30, at U of C in Calgary
This workshop is designed for the community coach who is introducing the basic skills of orienteering. No prerequisites required! For example, anyone volunteering in a club junior program would benefit from this workshop. More community coaches are needed in the junior programs due to growing numbers.
If you are interested attending the community coach workshop check out the AOA website for more info to come later.
AOA Retreat and AGM November 3-5, 2017 at Deer Valley Meadows Camp
We are looking for some ideas to make it fun and worthwhile for people to attend. Please send us suggestions about what would make it valuable for you to attend.
AOA Casino in Calgary on February 24/25, 2018 - Save the date!
Recap of past events
2017 Western Canadian Orienteering Championships
Congratulations to all 19 EOOC and FWOC members attending the Westerns organized by the Manitoba Orienteering Association in Spruce Woods Provincial Park.
I have seen the map and it looked very hard and probably great stories will be told about this super technical terrain. The area covered by this map was true wilderness. There were no man-made features, just contours, and vegetation. It is a labyrinth-like area which requires very accurate navigation. We hope you all had a great time and big kudos to everyone who took home the Gold medals: Justin Astridge -FWOC, Don Bayly -FWOC, Geraint Edmunds-EOOC, Einar Viddal- EOOC, Kylie Astridge-FWOC, Robyn Astridge-FWOC, Robert Gilchrist-EOOC, Carmie Callanan- FWOC, Angela Pearson-EOOC, Don Scott-EOOC, Stirling McMillan-FWOC. Other medals were won by Greg Yarkie - EOOC, Mary Lou Hogg - EOOC, Marilyn Edmunds - EOOC and Don Riddle - EOOC.
Eastern Canadian Orienteering Championships
17 people from Alberta traveled east to take part in the ECOC in Montreal. The Ramblers Orienteering club did a great job organizing it in the heart of a big city. Many podium finishes:1st Winn, Gavan-FWOC; 3rd Winn, Ewan FWOC; 2nd Yarkie, Greg EOOC ; 3rd Edmunds, Geraint EOOC; 1st Einar, Viddal EOOC; 1st Scott, Don EOOC; 2nd Winn, Teresa FWOC; 2nd Owen, Marion FWOC; 3rd Jones, Kitty FWOC.
Canadian Orienteering Championships
The 2017 Canadian Orienteering Championships wrapped up with lots of results for Alberta, but the most important, there were great memories made for many participants. Thank you to the organizers and volunteers for doing such a fantastic job.
From the pictures I could see lots of smiles, happy competitors and also a big orienteering community gathering to share and enjoy the passion that drives the sport forward in Canada.
As I was browsing through the results to do the reporting statistics, it struck me how fortunate we are to have some of the best veterans in our province. Just to mention a few incredible achievements:
Geraint Edmunds from EOOC collected three gold medals in 65+ as well as Don Scott in the 85+ categories and Einar Viddal with two gold. It seems like these men made no mistakes this weekend. How amazing is that?
Also, the ladies were taking their share: Kitty Jones with two gold and a bronze, Marion Owen one gold and two bronze and the HP girls Tori Owen and Emma Sherwood joined in with podium finishes also.
It is super exciting to see some of the young Juniors becoming strong racers and enjoying the big events. The Winn brothers Gavan and Ewan finished with one gold and two bronze each. Also, Michael and James Campden did well too. There were much more great results by FWOC and EOOC members, and Alberta was well represented in most categories.
Of course, we would love to see this trend to continue. Please keep doing what you are doing and let us know how we can do more to support you.
Do you enjoy reading event blogs?
Check out the blog section at the end including the Winn family blog about the trip to COC, and see what makes it exciting for everyone......
Updated Events Results in one place
All the event results links for this season can be found on the AOA website.
Our HPP athletes
JWOC team members
We were excited to follow our young athletes at the Finland Junior World Championships with more than 160 participants from all over the world. EmmaSherwood and Michael Svoboda, both had some good days and some with mistakes, which are all great opportunities to learn from. Emma's best event was the long which is great to see regardless of her busy schedule with full-time school at UBC. Michael's best day was the A final qualification for the middle and 37th place in the A final. Michael also had an impressive 6th place finish on the Bohemia Orienteering International 5-day Orienteering Event with a silver medal on day 2. Unfortunately, Darya Sepandj could not participate due to injuries.
Check out a bit of blogging from Michael about JWOC at the end Blog section.....
The Canadian team had a good presentation of the Canadian spirit at the World Games in Poland. It was great to watch Tori's smiling interview as the first person crossing the line. It must have been nerve racking to be the first person to start on the courses.Here are the Canadian results from the middle/long at the World Games:Tori Owen – 35/36th., Damian Konotopetz – 28/33rd, Will Critchley – 36/37th.
Public engagement and Junior Programs
Orienteering Summer Camp in Edmonton = great success.
Kids Run Wild hosted Summer camps again this year. The kids had a blast being outside, playing games and learning more about orienteering. Kudos to the team who delivered it!
Fall registration open for the Junior Programs:
KRW and SOGO are ready to have fun! Do you know someone who might be interested in these programs? Please spread the word. Nothing is better for marketing than a personal recommendation.
Here is a good read why orienteering is great for kids: Benefit of Risky Play
AOA Grants for members
Just a reminder about AOA's dedication to optimize the development of Alberta orienteers as athletes and leaders in the sport and to raise the profile of the sport.
High Performance Grant
Pursuit of Athletic Excellence Grant
Please remember to apply by December 1st. Visit our website to find out the details.
A good read: Events Blog
By: Michael Svoboda "I am super stoked about my result in the Middle yesterday, for it was a goal that I had set out for and reached. I wasn`t expecting such a high result, but from my placement and analysis, I can see clearly where I am at, and what my potential is for the next two years. My training this year had been focused around the sprint, with very little forest runs over the winter. Focused onhigh-speednavigation, over a short distance, the middle race suited me quite well this year. The qualifier was very simple technically, but I was fast enough to qualifywitha clean race. In the final, I gave itmyall into every hill and every portion of the course that I knew where I wasgoing,and was actually orienteeringoverspeed, hence accumulating two 30 second mistakes. These were most likely worthit,because I ran the rest of the course at a pace that was much faster than my normal pace where I wouldn`t make mistakes.
The next day on the sprint I couldn`t run at my normal race pace at all, and was unfocused due to that, making a very silly mistake with a consequent disqualification. Yet it is a lesson learned for me, as I had been training for only one short run at full intensity, and I managed two (quali, and final) with the third showing where I lacked stamina training during the year.
Overall I am extremely happy with my result, and aim to work off of this in the next two years, with my goals set on a medal in either Hungary or Denmark!"
Family Orienteering Trip out East
Having two keen orienteering boys in our family, we decided this summer to head out East to take part in the Eastern Canadian Championships in Montreal, the Sass Peepre training camp in Morin Heights, Quebec and the Canadian Orienteering Championships in Perth, Ontario.
We spent 12 days, orienteering and being tourists, taking in the different cultural flavours of Montreal, Ottawa and Perth. Mom (Teresa) and Dad (Jonathan) both competed as well as the boys. It was a fun, active and sociable trip.
I asked both boys what they liked about the trip and what was challenging. This is what they said: Gavan: "I liked that it was at different areas that you wouldn’t normally go to. There was a lot of things there that you wouldn’t normally see anywhere else, like raccoons, marmots and a giant piece of metal cheese
"I liked at the Canadians that the trails had a lot of dead leaves on them so when you stepped the leaves would absorb and wouldn’t hurt your feet.
"I liked that they had a lot of snakes at the Canadians.
"I liked going to Montreal so I could speak French to communicate.”
“On therelayI liked that it was really easy and fast"
Ewan: "What I liked was the difference in terrain every day, each day was different from the previous one and it was different than around here. For example, the trails for the long and middle of the Canadians were very rocky. Thelongof the Easterns had rocky bits on the trails but the rocks were smooth. The Canadians had rock fields and rocks were poking all over the place on the trails.
"I found the forest different from here - it was very open and there were more deciduous trees so it was easier to run and hard to make mistakes, but you had to be careful about route choice as I got carried away going around on the trail when I should have cut straight across.
"At the relays, our team was last after the first leg as our runner had got lost, then I made up a bit of time and our third leg runner made up a lot of time."
What should people know about our trip: "It's very fun.”say Ewan and Gavan.
Personally what I enjoyed about orienteering at the championships and the training camp was running on totally new (to me) unfamiliar terrain. I like that extra bit of excitement that it brings. Also, all the socializing with old and new friends at the events, the training camp and at the campsite in Perth. I also loved the hot buttered corn cobs we got at the finish line for post-race refreshments.
The terrain was certainly very different from what I have seen of Western Canada. I found the terrain at the Easterns a bit more like southern England, where I learned to orienteer - lots of trails. But the bits in between the trails could be quite tricky. The terrain at the Sass Peepre camp was a lot more hilly but very runnable forest with huge boulders. At the Canadians, the rockiness underfoot was most memorable, but some areas of the maps were not at all rocky. I found it challenging to navigate and still very enjoyable. I even ran off the edge of the map twice in the long course (not on purpose), but thankfully managed to gather myself together and finished the rest of the course.
All of the arenas had a great atmosphere, with continuous announcing and spectator controls, especially the sprint where, standing by the finish chute, you could watch orienteers running all around in all directions. You could see participants multiple times during their course as the courses crossed the arena area this way and that.
The relay at the Canadians was a really exciting and fun finale to the whole trip. Our Calgary club FWOC had several teams with a mixture of young and old and more and less experienced orienteers. The second of three legs was a course 1 standard, so perfect for our younger participants, who posted some pretty fast times. The other legs had some trickier parts and a few of us managed to get a little lost keeping our teammates on tenterhooks wondering when we would reappear out of the forest. All in all great fun.
And now we are looking forward to the next big event the Alberta Champs in Canmore next month.
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Recap of past events
World Masters Games - New Zealand
As always, it was a pleasure to follow our Albertan masters athletes at the World Masters Games. It is incredible to see their passion, enthusiasm and ability to have fun at a world class event. Congratulations to all who attended, you are our motivation!
From Calgary: Kitty Jones, Marion Owen, Marsha Fehr, Christin & Lennart Lundgren, Jane Rowlands.
From Edmonton: Angela Pearson, Robert Gilchrist, Eugene Ulmer, Greg Yarkie, Geraint & Marilyn Edmunds.
The Sprint events (model, qualification and final) were on 3 different university campuses in Auckland, all very technical. The Long distance events (model, 2 qualification races, and final) were NW of Auckland with challenging terrain in pine forest and sand dunes along the edge of the Tasman Sea. There were 1800 participants ages 35 - 92! The courses were excellent, the weather was perfect and the organizers were enthusiastic and smiling. This is probably the last time that orienteering will be included in the World Masters Games, as the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) recently decided to opt out and keep the World Masters Orienteering Championship separate from the World Masters Games.
World Orienteering Day
There was a lot of preparation to launch an event on May 24 in both Calgary & Edmonton, to focus on public engagement. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. Due to a snow storm Calgary had to reschedule their event to June 7 and Edmonton participation was low because of bad weather too. Hopefully, we will be luckier next year and we can join the 243,688 participants from 71 countries to celebrate our sport.
EOOC & AOA Skill Camp
Wow, what a great Spring Skill Camp!
Thank you to the EOOC leaders for organizing this very fun, eventful, busy weekend.
We got to enjoy the beautiful place both at Strathcona Wilderness Centre and the Blackfoot orienteering map.
We had a chance to see Geraint’s mastermind activities, Dorothy's smile and energy, Marilyn’s constant support and great coloring contest and of course the very delicious food and service from Peter and Drew in the kitchen all weekend long (it was heroic). I am sure much more helping hands were provided so thank you to all.
We have only received positive feedback about this joint camp. AOA organized the advanced group activities designed by Raphael (in Europe) and we were lucky to have Magali ‘s superb coaching ability. The advanced group got a lot out of it for sure.
It was exciting to see so many people out for the day - the fields were full of cheerful people. More than 135 participants attended, including many Kids Run Wild families and a number of SOGO juniors from Calgary (supported by SOGO coaches Clarence and Bridie) who all enjoyed not only orienteering but the social environment of the camp too.
AOA is hoping to support and grow a yearly skills development camp for everyone to enjoy, so stay tuned for the 2018 SPRING CAMP.
Creative way of understanding contours.... color first .....then try to run with this map!
NCCP Coaching Certification June 10, Calgary
Analyze Performance and Support the Competitive Experience. For everyone who has experience and would like to get involved with coaching orienteering. Please REGISTERASAP on our website.
Western Canadian Orienteering Championships July 15-16, Manitoba
The 2017 Western Canadian Orienteering Championships will have sprint, middle and long distance events on two new maps in uniquely challenging sandhill terrain. Visit this site at www.wcoc2017.ca for more information.
Canadian Orienteering Championships August 3-7, Ontario
This will be the 50th Canadian Championships - it will be centered in the beautiful heritage town of Perth, Ontario.
Need a vacation plan ? Travel east and attend the series of events, including the Eastern Canadian Championships July 29-30, as part of O-Fest.
Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp July 30 - August 1, QC
It is an amazing opportunity for junior orienteers ranging in age from 11 to 20 years to train and have fun with their peers from across the country. For more information click here
Alberta Provincial Championships September 16-17, Canmore, AB
AOA Retreat and AGM November 3-5, 2017 Deer Valley Meadows Camp
We are looking for some ideas to make it fun and worthwhile for people to attend. Please send us suggestions about what would make it valuable for you to attend.
Public engagement and Fun events
Invite someone you know to one of these events!
June 11 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friends of Kananaskis Country will host the 3rd annual TRAILS FEST at the Canmore Nordic Centre and we want you to join us! A celebration of Kananaskis trails, people, and culture - the event will consist of multiple activities that showcase the many ways trails are used.
ATTEND A WILD-SMART program to feel more confident at orienteering events in bear country.Free sign up here.
Learn more about human impact in Bow Corridor by joining Alberta Environment and Parks for an interactive presentation.Ever wonder how trails are used - human use, wildlife use, recreational use? Here is your chance to learn more about it.
All Sport One Day
June 17, Calgary
At Repsol Centre (formerly Talisman Centre), the sport of orienteering will be featured for kids ages 9-12 led by FWOC volunteers. This will be a fun activity, trying map reading and control finding. Kids really enjoy this outside adventure , it's like a treasure hunt with a purpose. Ask your friends with kids to sign up free to secure a spot!
Would you like to help out with this event? Contact FWOC volunteer sign up.
Community Outreach Program in Sundre, June 17th.
If you know anyone in the area please spread the world!
EOOC's Will Critchley and the FWOC Adult program coach Damian Konotopetz is heading to the World Games in Poland for orienteering! These events take place July 25, 26 & 27. Find out more here, #OrienteeringCAN.
Do you enjoy reading race reports and browsing maps? Check out TEAM CANADA BLOG or damiankonotopetz.blogspot.ca.
AOA Contest- Enter to win a cool draw prize of .....
Club Events happening regularly through the summer.
AOA would like to encourage members to attend events that are organized outside their own club. It would promote attendance, fun and building relationships.
Check out the EOOC andFWOC websites for calendar of events, updates and sign ups. Enter the to win a draw prize
Let's challenge everyone to attend at least one event which is organized by the other club.
If you attend one of the other club's forest event or Wednesday night event, submit your name with the event date for a chance to win a cool draw prize. The winner will be drawn at the AOA retreat from all the names submitted between June 1st and November 1st, 2017. (Alberta Championships does not qualify for the submission).
The Prize: a secret surprise... :) To enter: send your name and the event to firstname.lastname@example.org with Subject: AOA contest.
Multiple entries are accepted for different events, so the more events you attend the better your chance to win!
AOA Grant Policy
Just a reminder about AOA dedication to optimize the development of Alberta orienteers as athletes and leaders in the sport and to raise the profile of the sport.
Leadership Grant: Encourage AOA members to attend courses, clinics, workshops and conferences (either in Alberta or outside Alberta) that develop officials, coaches, mappers and/or club leaders.
High Performance Grant: Support the elite athletes (AOA members) who are named by Orienteering Canada to the WOC, JWOC, WUOC, World Cup(s) and World Games National Teams and who also belong to HPP. Also, support coaches and team leaders of National Teams who are AOA members.
Pursuit of Athletic Excellence Grant: Encourage AOA members to compete in out-of-province and international orienteering training camps and competitions at the Canada Cup level and higher.
Please remember to apply by December 1st each year. For details visit our website fo the Grant Policy document and email email@example.com for the application form.
World Orienteering Day: May 24. These great events will be delivered by the local clubs with AOA support. Stay tuned for your club news.
EOOC & AOA Skill Camp: May 26 -28, at Strathcona Wilderness Centre, near Edmonton. Everyone is invited to join the event, learn, practice and have fun. For more details see theflyer beloworvisit the EOOC website.
NCCP Coaching Certification: June 10, Calgary (Analyze Performance and Support the Competitive Experience). For everyone who has experience and would like to get involved with coaching orienteering.Please REGISTERASAP on our website before May 10, 2017.
Everyone, including newcomers, are welcome to any of the EOOC events listed. There will be a beginners’ clinic and a beginners’ course at every event, except as noted. Come dressed for the weather. There is no need to let us know you are coming (unless you are bringing a group of 8 or more) – Just pick an event and turn up!
First Annual Easter Sprint Relay Peep-tacular! : on Easter Sunday, we've decided to run a last-minute Easter relay event instead. Yes, there will be chocolate eggs. Details here.
2017 Sass Peepre National Junior Training Camp
Young Orienteers Wanted! For many years, the Sass Peepre Junior Development Committee has organized an annual training camp for juniors from across Canada. Junior athletes of all abilities from 11 to 20 years of age are invited to participate in the 3 day camp, which always has amazing volunteer coaches coming from the ranks of the Senior National Team, High Performance Programme athletes, ex-national team members, and parents wanting to help their kids.
For more information visits:Orienteering Canada website.