2004, Ross Burnett (Orienteering)

RossBurnettRoss is one of the most highly regarded members of the Canadian Orienteering Federation (COF), and his experience as an athlete, coach, official and administrator place him in a very select group of people in the sport.

Born in 1959 in Ocean Falls, British Columbia, Ross has been a member of the COF since 1976 where he has served many capacities; Board of Directors, High Performance Committee, National Team Coach – ‘93 World Championships, and Team Leader – ‘99 World Championships. As an athlete, Ross won three National Championships (’87, ’95, ’02) and was a member of four World Championship teams (’83, ’85, ’87, ’89).

Ross is one of a small number who have achieved Level 3 Certification in both the National Coaching Certification Program and the COF- Officials Certification Program. His work developing new Course Structures and Standards in 1997 that are now used at all National Championships and ‘A’ sanctioned events was the most significant technical developments introduced by the COF in 15 years.

Ross first came to the Yukon in the summer of 1987 on a contract to make the first Orienteering map of the Chadburn Lake area. He moved here permanently in February of 1989 and has been making enormous contributions to the Yukon Orienteering community since. Ross has donated vast amounts of time to every aspect of the sport and has excelled as an athlete, coach, mapper, administrator and ambassador for the Yukon.

Ross has built up the Yukon Orienteering Association, to have both the quality of maps and experienced volunteers to stage three Western Canadian Championships (’94, ’98 ’02), and the National Championships Championship in July of ’04. He has initiated and overseen the completion of 20 orienteering maps in southern Yukon and has coached Yukoners to competitions nationally and internationally since ‘93. Over these years three of his protégés have been named to the national team and competed in Europe.

Ross has also received 8 Government of Yukon Awards of Excellence as an elite athlete, been named Sport Yukon Coach of the Year in ‘97, received nine awards as Senior athlete of the year or volunteer of the year for the Yukon Orienteering Association and won 12 Snowshoeing ulus at the Arctic Winter Games, 4 at each Games attended (’92, ‘96, ‘98)

Ross tirelessly promotes the Yukon and is always will to share his knowledge and experiences with other to reach their potential. We are very honored to induct him into the Yukon Sport Hall of Fame.