Vegard Jarvis Westergård
Team Canada Program Athlete 2022
Q: How did you first get involved in orienteering?
A: I was born into a orienteering family. My first experience with orienteering was as a four year old sitting on my dads shoulders with a map in my hands.
Q: If you had one tip for young orienteers what would it be?
A: My biggest tip for young orienteers is to travel as much as possible, trying out all sorts of terrains.
Q: What would a typical week of training look like for you?
A: A typical training week for me during the winter is running around 100km, with two hard orienteering sessions and one additional intervall workout. I also really enjoy running 2 hour longer runs to build up my stamina. In between the running I do a lot of spinning, elliptical and strength. In total 15-21 hours training every week during the winter period of the season.
Q: How do you normally prepare for an important race?
A: Before every important race I try to have as many relevant hard sessions, both with and without a map in my hand. By doing this, I am preparing myself for the specific challenges the upcoming race has. I also enjoy studying maps to prepare mentally.
Q: What is your big life orienteering goal?
A: My big life orienteering goal is to get a top 10 finish in either WOC, EOC or WC. By coming from Scandinavia, Jukola and Tiomila has a special place in my heart, so winning these relays would also be a huge accomplishment.