Orienteering Canada Hall of Fame

Gord Hunter

Inducted in 2020 | Administrator of Award of Distinction


Gord has been a mover and shaker in Canadian orienteering since the late 1960s. He was a founding member of Ottawa Orienteering Club in 1969 and has since been a member of the Board of Directors of the Ottawa Orienteering Club, Orienteering Quebec, and Orienteering Canada. He is one of very few Canadians to be a member of the International Orienteering Federation Council. Gord has done a great job in bringing profile to the sport. As an event organizer and mapper, Gord headed up the High Schools Orienteering Championships in Ottawa in the 70s and 80s which brought a number of people into the sport who then became key members of Canada’s elite orienteering scene. He has created maps for schools, camps and for local and national competitions. Gord has been involved in major Canadian orienteering events since the 1970s, including Canada’s first international event in 1976, the O’Ring Quebec 5-Day. As an athlete, Gord was a member of Canada’s National Team in the 1970s, including being a member of the 8th place WOC relay team in 1978, still best ever for Canada. He continues to compete in his age group nationally and internationally. Gord’s enthusiasm for orienteering has brought many people into the sport as both participants and volunteers.

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