The Yukon Orienteering Association hosts the first event of the season
The 2022 Yukon Orienteering Association (YOA) season got off to a good start Wednesday on the Downtown Sprint map. The individual and naturally distancing nature of orienteering has allowed YOA to operate even with COVID restrictions over the past two summers, but how nice it was to see the smiling faces as participants mingled near the registration table, happy to see each other and also celebrate World Orienteering Day.
Two courses were offered. Both started in Rotary Peace Park, meandering north between the river and Second Avenue, as far north as Strickland Street, before returning to the park to finish.
There was a good performance from the junior team with many youngsters now able to fend for themselves. Phineas Pearson led the pack on the shorter course with a time of 17 minutes and 14 seconds over the 2.2 km challenge. Oliver Kralisch-Seguin, in 20:04, narrowly edged second place by two seconds ahead of Erik Embacher and his father, Kevin. Younger brother Carl Embacher and his mother Sarah Johnson were close behind at 9:25 p.m.
On the longer 2.6 km course, Forest Pearson finished first in 13:46, followed by Benoit Turcotte in 14:31. The best woman was Beatriz Sanguino in 16:09, just ahead of local Pia Blake in 16:23. Beatriz is a member of the Portuguese national orienteering team and came to Whitehorse to coordinate summer programs and mentor junior members. YOA is thrilled to have Beatriz share her skills and enthusiasm with us over the next few months.
As always, thank you to the volunteers who made this event possible: Barbara Scheck, Craig Brooks, Afan Jones, Judith Vangulick and Karen McKenna.
The next event will take place on Wednesday, May 18 on the Riverdale map. Please visit yukonorienteering.ca for departure location and other details.
– Submitted by Barbara Scheck.