Logvin’s orienteering route leads to Rising Star honour

COFlogo_complex_small_versionAn Oakville resident who is actively involved with orienteering in Hamilton is this year recipient of Orienteering Canada’s male Rising Star Award.

Serghei Logvin, who was born in Moldova in 1991, receives recognition alongside the female Rising Star, Emily Kemp. The annual awards are designed to support Canada’s most promising young orienteers in their quest for top international results. The nominees are assessed on past results, future potential, and contribution to the orienteering community, as well as financial need.

Logvin had notable results at the North American Orienteering Championships in 2012, including achieving silver in the long distance race, and running the anchor leg for the winning Canadian relay team. He has been very active with the Adventure Running Kids (ARK) program in Hamilton, inspiring up and coming junior athletes. Logvin is currently training in Europe with the specific goal of improving his orienteering.

“Spending quality development time in Europe is a very important piece in the puzzle for me towards reaching my potential”, said Logvin. “The Rising Stars Award will make it a lot easier, both short, and long term. I really appreciate the support, and know that my best results are still yet to come! Thank you!”

Kemp, originally from Ottawa, has been living and training with the French Elite Orienteering Squad, Le Pole, in St. Etienne, France for the past two years. She had a breakthrough season in 2012, culminating in a bronze medal in the long distance race at the Junior World Orienteering Championships – Canada’s first ever medal at the junior meet.

Kemp is the current Canadian champion in the long and sprint disciplines. As well as being tirelessly available for media interviews after her bronze medal win, Kemp has also inspired up and coming Canadian orienteers by participating in Skype training sessions and volunteering at the annual Sass Peepre Camp, a camp for 10-20 year old orienteers from across Canada.

When asked what this award means to her, Kemp said, “I am extremely grateful to win this award since it will be a ginormous financial aid for running the world cups and world champs this year. A humongous thank you to the HPP (Canada’s High Performance Program) for helping me and other athletes take orienteering in Canada to the next level”