On the edge of my seat waiting for those solutions.
You just have to keep scrolling to Thursday. The solution is to Commute.
Money. Charge more. Produce more. Provide more.
@biggins, commute in/to Toronto? Doesn't seem likely. I would think it would take a longer commute than that to solve these problems.... say... to Switzerland or Sweden?
It takes a business mindset in some senses (ie the ones you've mentioned). I say some senses because I don't think orienteering should move to a profit driven model in which it would be extremely easy to lose a sense of club membership and community based sport.
I think you might have a slight conflict of interest there Jeff. But, agree that a balance is needed.
Ian you heard my regional rotation idea all the way from Toronto?!
@Cristina - word travels quickly!
Oh, I was hoping you’d say you were actually here, sitting in the back of the room, and I just hadn’t seen you.
On #3, something I've been thinking about for a while is whether something like the National League we have in Australia (which I think has been very significant in the development of our talent domestically) could work in North America.
There are some parts of it which would be hard to replicate - the team part works because an accident of Australia's political geography gives us just the right number of competitive units (and competing for your state is part of the Australian sporting culture in a way that it isn't in North America) - but I think the individual part could possibly work; staging perhaps 4-5 weekends during the year which are specifically targeted to bringing as many people together as possible (and, for example, scheduling the events within range of major hub airports).
Of course, an additional challenge you have in North America is that although our countries are of similar size, the American and Canadian orienteering populations are much more spread over the country than Australia's is; apart from a relatively small group in Perth, most of our orienteering population (and most of our population in general) is in the southeast quarter.