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What a fantastic summer......

The summer was full of great orienteering events in the province and across Canada.
The Alberta Championships was organized by FWOC at Sandy Mcnabb with superb courses and stunning views of K country. Thank you for the organizers, volunteers and the fantastic meet director, Marion Owen, for putting on a Canda Cup level event. Thank you to our sponsors SILVA and GORDS RUNNING STORE we had lots of cool raffle prizes. Yes, you should regret it if you weren't there.
Many of the Alberta orienteers attended the Canadian Championship and collected a load of hardware. Congratulations to the EOOC and FWOC members! 

Greg Y (M65+) Gold in Sprint  and Gold in Long 
Geraint E (M65+) Gold in Middle, and Silver in Long
Einar V (M75+) Gold in Middle, and Silver in Sprint
Will C (M21E) Silver in Sprint
Marilyn E (F65+) Silver in Sprint

Marion O (F65) was a "Golden" competitor, winning all her events
Philippa H (F45+) Gold in the Sprint
Emma S (F21E) Gold in the Sprint and Long
Grace M (F11-12) a SOGO athlete: Gold in the Sprint and Long, Silver in the Middle
Damian  (M21E) taking Gold in all three events
Michael K (M21E) came in 3rd in the Sprint

World Stage and International races featuring Albertans

Junior World Orienteering Championships - JWOC
Canada sent a team of athletes to compete at JWOC 2019 in Denmark in July.  Michael Svoboda posted good results including competing in the A Final for the Middle event.  David Svoboda unfortunately injured his ankle and was not able to compete in all the events. It was Michael’s first year to also compete in the World Championship, WOC this year, and we are sure many more years to come. Great work!
World Orienteering Championships - WOC
A Canadian team of athletes also competed at WOC 2019 in Norway. Two members of FWOC made the team: Michael Svoboda and Jan Erik NaessWill Critchley a “long-distance” EOOC member also represented Canada at the WOC long final.
FWOC member Nicki Rehn competed at the World Rogaine Championships in Spain and France, the race crosses the border - very cool!
Some international travellers had a great time on vacation, adding some orienteering into their trip. The Winn family raced in England and SOGO athletes Flora and Soma experienced their first big international race in Hungary. They not only had a fun time but also showed good results proving that even a small orienteering nation can do well.
If you have a good travel picture and story, please send us so we can share some fun experiences.

Junior Programs- Fall sessions starting right away

SOGO in Calgary starts the first week of September and now the new SOGO Level 3 offers 3-day options: Monday Thursday and Sunday. You can do it all or any of the days, whatever fits in your schedule.
Kids Run Wild in Edmonton offers Fall sessions for kids and families: on Tuesdays or Thursdays starting September 17.

Upcoming Events

  • September 6-7-8 - KOOTENAY O-FEST  Western Canadians  and BC Championships in Kimberly ( sign up last minute now)
  • September 28 - EOOC B forest event Redwater Natural Area -AB Compass series
  • September 29 -RUN the WILD - 6h adventure in Bragg Creek
  • October 5-6 -Revelstoke Classic-BC
  •  November 9 - AOA  AGM at Deer Valley Meadows, Alix AB
  • More fall events: FWOC fall series switches to Sunday mornings at 10 am; EOOC Wednesday night events start at 6 pm.
 For a full list of upcoming events, you can always visit our website EVENTS page.

Alberta Compass Series

Remember this?
Results are updated and we are curious to see who will accumulate the most points after the last races:
The AB Compass Series includes 6 forest events per season. 
The final two events will be: Sept 28 - EOOC Forest B event: Redwater Natural Area    AB Compass series #5
Sept 15th 10:00 am: FWOC Forest B event: Fish Creek Park - Voiters Flats     AB Compass series #6

Participants must register in the category appropriate for them and complete the associated course at each event to collect points.​​
Click on the image for details and results.

Outreach news

AOA was very busy with outreach programming. Orange Marks the Spot and the Grassroots development programs were a high priority. A Physical Activity Micro Grant was received to establish 3 programs in rural Alberta: Grande Prairie, Red Deer and Rocky Mountain House. 
Red Deer: AOA has a partnership with Red Deer College and Be Fit For Life Center. The first community demo was introduced at Red Deer College with 30 people participating from the community. After this event, 5 new families came out to Morningside to experience a real O event. Thanks to Don Bayly who mapped the Red Deer College area. We are hoping to utilize this map for future races.
Rocky Mountain House: with the help of Don Riddle’s mapping skills AOA started a partnership with the Hela Ventures outdoor education summer school to teach kids orienteering for earning high school credits.
Grande Prairie: a program is planned for September with another Be Fit For Life partnership.
We are also super proud that over 40 people took the Orienteering Community Coaching course across the province so they can introduce orienteering to schools and communities.
Cochrane: the community program is continuing as a SOGO program now. The Airdrie program was full with 45 participants.

Rumour has it:

The Western Canadian Championships coming to AB next summer on a brand new map by Barrier Lake in Kananaskis. (Shhh! Very tentative save the date: July 4-5)  
 Follow us on social media for updates   @OrienteeringAB

Policies and Safety in Orienteering

The focus for AOA this year was to update and implement policies to meet the Provincial Sport Organization standards. We created resources for  Safety in Orienteering, Concussion policy and Volunteer program policy  and took the pledge for the Responsible Coaching Movement to support safe sport best practices.

Check out our new Brochure- Safety in orienteering
For more details visit our webpage to help you understand more about managing risks related to orienteering activities.
AOA RECOMMENDS carrying Bear Spray in the forest!
Knowing how to avoid an encounter with a bear (and other wildlife) is the best way to enjoy the Alberta forests, safely. Refreshing your understanding is always a great choice: visit the Safety in Orienteering webpage before heading out.
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