Athlete Profile

Emma Waddington

Team Canada Program Athlete 2022


  • Born: 1998
  • Hometown: Parry Sound
  • Currently Living: Hamilton & Parry Sound
  • Orienteers for: Dontgetlost (DGL)
  • Occupation: Student
  • Instagram: @emma__waddington
  • Training Log: Attackpoint
  • Blog: Emma's blog
  • Personal Sponsors: Endurance Tap Gels, DK Orthotic Solutions


Q: How did you first get involved in orienteering?
A: I got involved through my family, which mostly involved my dad dragging me out to events when I was little. I didn’t enjoy being out there too much, until Dontgetlost started the Adventure Running Kids program. Through my years of ARK, I made new friends and made so many fun memories, both of which encouraged me to join the National Team!

Q: If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be?
A: Being able to find the fun in any training or race is what is most important for development. On top of that, everything is about experience!

Q: What would a typical week of training look like for you?
A: Monday: Recovery run with strides and strength session. Tuesday: Interval workout. Wednesday: Recovery run or cross train, and strength session. Thursday: Tempo workout with hills. Friday: Recovery run with strides and strength session. Saturday: Long run with map, or long orienteering session. Sunday: REST and RECOVER!

Q: How do you normally prepare for an important race?
A: On the night before the race, I’ll write out my race plan and schedule to keep myself organized in the morning, and visualize the whole day before I go to bed. Visualizing a bunch of scenarios helps me to prepare for whatever the day may hold and reduced potential surprises.

Q: What is your big life orienteering goal?
A: A personal goal would be to place in the top 15 in an individual race at WOC. A more global goal is to continue to help develop young female athletes in this sport.

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