Athlete Profile

Adam Woods

Team Canada Program Athlete 2022


  • Born: 1994
  • Hometown: Burnaby
  • Currently Living: Vancouver
  • Orienteers for: Greater Vancouver Orienteering Club (GVOC)
  • Occupation: Software Developer


Q: How did you first get involved in orienteering?
A: I started orienteering by following my Dad as he orienteered. I spent my first summer biking after him. However, next summer I graduated to running after my Dad, which opened up the option of taking "shortcuts" through the woods. His his decisions to bushwack rarely saved us time, but I enjoyed the challenge. I moved on to other sports such as hockey and cross country skiing, but was eventually reintroduced to orienteering when I has in grade 10, and have been hooked since.

Q: How do you normally prepare for an important race?
A: The most important thing for me is ensuring I get appropriate amounts of sleep leading up to the race. I remind myself of all the work I've done to prepare, and use that memory to make sure I eat, sleep and mentally prepare during the week before a race. Finally, the day before the race I focus on the fact that orienteering is fun and I do it because I enjoy it!

Q: What is your big life orienteering goal?
A: I want to have a race I can be completely proud of, regardless of the results. I've had races where I've been in a "flow state" for portions of the race, but haven't yet had one where I've been "In the zone" for the entire race. As I continue to improve each year, the bar for a "race I can be proud of" continues to rise, but so dose my skill level.

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