Yukon North Of Ordinary

Sports archive for February 21, 2014

Orienteers named to high performance program

Four Yukon orienteers have been named to Team Canada’s 2014 High Performance Program.

By Whitehorse Star on February 21, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Four Yukon orienteers have been named to Team Canada’s 2014 High Performance Program.

Pia Blake will join the junior women’s squad, Trevor Bray and Caelan McLean were named to the junior men’s roster, and Kerstin Burnett was named to the senior women’s team.

The High Performance Program is designed specifically to support athletes who wish to achieve excellence in international orienteering.

The program offers coaching support, training opportunities, and other benefits that will assist athletes in achieving their goals.

Blake, who is currently living as a student in Wales, was unable to compete in any of the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series races or the 2013 Canadian Orienteering Championships.

Bray is also a student, currently living in Ottawa. He finished 41st in the 2013 Canada Cup Elite Series standings, and also competed in last year’s Canadian championships in Hamilton.

The Yukoner finished second in his age group for the sprint, and third in both the middle and long competitions.

“For the first time, I really felt that I was completely in control of every moment of all three races,” Bray stated in his online bio. “It was truly an incredible feeling.”

McLean also competed in the Canadian championships last year, finishing ninth in his age group in both the sprint and middle distance races.

Burnett, currently living in Sweden, was not able to participate in any Canada Cup races last year, but did take part in the World Orienteering Championships in Finland and a variety of other competitions in Spain, Denmark, and Norway, among others.

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