Hi I'm a first time caller! ;-)
I've been away from the orienteering scene a year or two but can tell you that having
a personal coach and living close to a large number of maps in Hamilton were the most influential aspect of my orienteering development. Ron Lowry ('75 Cdn Champ) was my
coach when I was 15 to 20 years old. He coached me in technical, physical and the
all important mental aspects of the sport. He taught me how to analyze races and designed
very tough training programmes for me - which brings me to the second thing I'd like to discuss.
I followed the JWOC discussion in interest. I am in agreement with Vlad on the need for
North Americans to train and race more domestically. The US Northeast has a large number
of races and many World Class maps to train and race on. Once an athlete has proven
themself here in NA, then Euro tours become more valuable. The key to success is to train
in the terrain (as Ron Lowry always told me) and to do that people need to live near maps and live near others with similar goals. One needs to build on the experiences and racing in varied NA terrain is great prep for international events.. Kenny Walker Jr. and Co. have got it right.
Golden Horseshoe Orienteering Club