For groups (school, cadets, corporate, etc.) looking for help in organizing an orienteering event.
We're a friendly, dedicated group who are committed to the well-being of our club-members and the growth of our sport. Come say hi at our next event and please share your thoughts with us.
- What parts of orienteering are you enjoying this season?
- What would you like to see changed?
- What is typically your favourite type of event and why?
- What is your favourite map?
We can't always make immediate changes but we will bring your input to our next meeting for discussion.
Jennifer Anderson, President
I’ve been orienteering since… My parents took me to my first Sunday morning event at 3 months old.
My favourite place to orienteer is… best terrain I've orienteered in, to date, has been in Finland. A lot like the Laurentians but super mossy! Closer to home I love being anywhere in the Gatineau hills.
My favourite type of event is… Our club's Summer Solstice series in June. These events are a great mix of strategy and speed.
Orienteering led me to… I was lucky enough to spend every summer holiday traveling for, and competing in, orienteering events. I have a hard time visiting somewhere new and not looking for the nearest orienteering map and race.
Karen Tippett, Treasurer
I’ve been Treasurer since… I took over from Bill Anderson at least 25 years ago. I've been Treasurer for 3 Canadian Orienteering Championships: 1996, 2010, 2017. Also Chief Start Official for Club "A" meets for most of those years. I’ve been orienteering since… 1970, Brookfield High School thanks to teacher Mike Winters' Outdoor Education program.
The best course I ever took. We went to the Viking Ski Club COCs during the FLQ crisis and got stopped at the Ontario border by the military on the way home to be checked. My favourite place to orienteer is… Gatineau Park, especially in the fall.
Marketa Graham, Secretary
I’ve been orienteering since… 1989 and my first o-meet was from Kingsmere, Gatineau Park and I was pretty much hooked from then on.
My favourite place to orienteer is… Gatineau Park, especially in the fall when there are no bugs and woods are open. Another favourite is Hudson Valley, NY for its challenging terrain with lots of hills and intricate rocky features. Next is Badlands, Alberta which is just so different from anywhere else with steep hills and no vegetation.
My favourite type of event is… Swiss-O Week in which I participated with my family twice. The Alpine terrain and spectacular views are breathtaking. The event is exceptionally well organized.
Orienteering led me to… a) Many great family weekends and vacations in various parts of Canada, USA and Europe; b) getting to know many friends; c) World Orienteering Championships in Germany along with my late husband Brian in 1995;
Anne Teutsch, Local Event Coordinator
I have been orienteering since… my kids were young. The first I remember is going out with my sister and her son – both kids were 2 years old and in backpacks while we strolled the novice course. We got into it in a more committed way when the kids were teenagers and became interested in travelling to Ontario, Canadian and North American Championships.
My favourite place to orienteer is… there’s no answer to this! Gatineau Park is great, Carp Ridge and March Highlands are great. Outside of our club maps, every new place we go to is awesome- Yukon, Manitoba sand hills, Canmore, Westpoint NY, Scotland – every spot has its special memories. Any map that is technically challenging I love.
Orienteering led me to… As our kids got really into orienteering, we followed. It was a great family sport – and outdoors, which we love. We started the O-Store sort of by accident when Eric started replacing batteries on SI controls so they didn’t need to be shipped to Germany; then the kids talked us into selling compasses, followed by more and more equipment, clothing and shoes. It’s a great way to be involved in the orienteering community across the country.
Sheldon Hancock, Board member
I’ve been orienteering since… 2016. We were looking for a great family outdoor activity, and found a sport that we all love to participate in.
My favourite place to orienteer is… anywhere new! I love that orienteering takes me places that I would never have seen or discovered otherwise. Even in Ottawa, where I have lived for many years, I continue to discover new parks, neighbourhoods and greenspaces that I never new existed.
My favorite type of event is… major competitions with orienteers from all over North America and beyond! I love the excitement, and the chance to navigate in the forest with orienteers young and old.
Stefan Bergström, Board member
I’ve been orienteering since… 1970. I’ve been on the OOC Board for 4 (?) years this time around, but been on the board several rounds over the years.
My favourite place to orienteer is… too many to list. Locally the Barrens map is probably the most interesting. Places in my home district in Sweden have some beautiful terrain, and Karst terrain in Slovakia or sandstone cliffs in Czech Republic are fun and technically very challenging. Orienteering has allowed me to visit many interesting locations around Canada and the world, away from the regular tourist spots.
My favourite type of event is… a technically difficult Middle distance.
My fondest orienteering memories… are running in the big relays Tiomila in Sweden and Jukola in Finland, and being team leader for Canada at four Junior World Championships. Another big memory was the sense of relief after the relay finish at the NAOC2014 in Arnprior when we could conclude that after three days and four races all the controls were in the right places and maps and courses were good, and our club had pulled off the big event organizing successfully.
Michael Raz, Board member
I’ve been orienteering since… Kristi and I put our two boys into the Ottawa Orienteering Club Kids Program back in spring 2014 and once we started to take them to the regular Sunday events, we decided to start participating as well – so thanks boys! I’ve been on the OOC Board since… 2017 and chair the training committee.
My favourite place to orienteer is… anywhere with a good mixture of trails and off-trail terrain. I really enjoy all types of events – including sprints, forests, score-o and ROGAINEs. Although I also do a fair amount of trail and snowshoe running/racing, Orienteering adds such a fun and challenging mental aspect to it all.
Lisa Routhier, Board member
I’ve been orienteering since… 2017. I had never heard of orienteering until a Google search for something or other led me to the Orienteering Ottawa website. Intrigued, I explored the website and learned what orienteering is all about. It sounded like the best thing ever! Soon I was enrolled in the club's Basics and Beyond program and participated in my first meet, at Constance Bay, where I became instantly hooked.
My favourite place to orienteer is… Any foresty, natural area. I love the adventure of it! And seeing different kinds of wildlife, like the time I shared a refreshment control with a rat snake at Foley Mountain!
Cherie Revells, Board member
I’ve been orienteering since… I was 10 years old. My phys ed teacher got my family of seven hooked. We had one map in our small town in New Brunswick. We started traveling to events around the Maritimes, then Ontario, Quebec, and the Eastern US. My first Canadian Championships was Sudbury in 1989.
My favourite place to orienteer is… any technical terrain where you can run fast through the forest.
Orienteering led me to… Three World Championships in Scotland, Sweden, and Finland… and three great adventures in Europe with fellow Canadian teammates