Athlete Profile

Mia Smith

Team Canada Program Athlete 2024


  • Born: 2006
  • Hometown: Parry Sound
  • Currently Living: Parry Sound
  • Orienteers for: Don't Get Lost
  • Occupation: Student
  • Training Log: Strava
  • Instagram: @miaallberg


Q: What is your best memory from the last orienteering season?
A: Maybe not the "best" memory, but definitely the funniest: the soles of both my orienteering shoes fell off partway through the distance race in West Point! I was already having a tough race navigationally, so when the first sole fell off, I was frustrated. After the second sole came off, though, I had to laugh at the situation. I ran the last part of the course with both soles in my hands, and finished with very sore feet. Definitely got some funny looks coming down the finish chute!

Q: If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be?
A: Try not to get too discouraged by your mistakes!

Q: What is your greatest orienteering strength?
A: I think I'm persistent and able to learn from (and laugh at) my mistakes.

Q: How do you normally prepare for an important race?
A: I try to adjust my training accordingly by tapering if needed, and I try to prioritize sleep, hydration and nutrition. Thinking about my race schedule and race plan ahead of time also helps mitigate the nerves. Make sure I get a great warmup on race day!

Q: Which event are you most excited for this season and why?
A: I'm very excited to attend the Empire State Winter Games in Lake Placid with the team this coming February. It will be one of my first races as a part of the ski-o development squad, and I'm looking forward to soaking up the experience and learning as much as I can from the coaches and athletes!

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