Who is Who
Tomislav Kaniski, M35, CRO
What is your date of birth, where do you live and what is your job?
I was born November 22, 1970. I am living in village Dubranec 20 km south of Zagreb. My occupation is a cartographer, last 10 years I am working in the national Lexicographic Institute, my current position is head of mapping department.
You did ten races in WOC, between 1993 and 2001. Which race was the best?
Best races I always did in relay. But the one I really like was in Germany 1995. Our team had a coach (age 46) and a girl for first 2 runners. We were 35 minutes behind Slovenian team after first 2 legs. Then Tihomir Salopek and myself did really good races and we caught Slovenians at the end. It is always better to compete with someone you are familiar with.
A girl in the Men Relay?! Are you talking about Dunja Uroic? What memories do you have from her? Was she a good athlete as an Elite runner? I think she is still doing a nice career as W40. Are you still in touch? What do you think she is able to do in the Portuguese WMOC?
Yes. Girl in a men relay. We wanted to run relay but we were only 2 girls and 2 men (plus coach) at WOC. Dunja was obvious choice. We asked organizers and IOF, and we were allowed. Dunja is still a good runner and still addicted to orienteering. We started in a same club. These days Dunja is living in a Dutch country, married to Gerrit van de Riet. They are running in Croatia whenever they can. Yes, we stayed in touch. Dunja can be very good in Marinha Grande (she was 4th in Austria 2006 in W35). She is used to run on sandy ground and 2,5 m contour interval in Netherlands. I think Dunja will be motivated and very good.
You also have competed in CISM (Military WOC), in 1997-1999. In the last year you got 47th. Was it your best performance in this competition?
CISM championships are the best. People are much more relax and parties are at some other level comparing to other competition. CISM 1999 were in Zagreb. We knew that terrain would be really hard (check at Orest Kotylo page) and demanding. I was familiar with way of thinking of the course setter and controller, so I prepared myself for their obstacles. At the end I made some small mistakes. It was a hard race. As I remember, it was my best CISM result.
Can you indicate other highlights of your sporting career?
Highlights. Well, nothing in particular. I like winning national relay championships 7 times. Maybe that I organized/participate-in-organization/controlled about 100 competition.
You work actively in cartography. I saw many references about books (national parks, e.g.), which you are the author as a cartographer. Can you explain what do you exactly do in this area of edition?
Depends on the edition. Sometimes publisher just need maps to be digitized for a book (provide me with all materials). Sometimes I am working with authors who write all the text. Then according to text I am making maps for book. This year I wrote/made a book called "My first atlas". It is a textbook for 3rd and 4th grade primary school, for subject Nature and Society. Book is meant to be first contact for pupils with maps, orienteering generally, their homeland, some history. I manage to put inside our beautiful sport of orienteering on 3 pages with 4 o-maps. Book is approved by our Ministry of Science, Education and Sport and it will be used in schools from this autumn. Using back door I manage to get-in/sneak-in orienteering into school program. Also I was author/coauthor for several history atlases about Croatian and European history.
You also are an IOF advisor. Have you ever advised out of Croatia? What was your hardest mission?
Out of Croatia I was adviser in Slovenia, several times for Orienteering Online Cup and Lipica Open. Biggest competition had 700 runners.
Next May 31st-June 1st, before coming to WMOC, you'll be course planner in a race at National Park Plitvicka Jezera. Can you tell us about this map?
Plitvicka Jezera is Croatian oldest and most beautiful national park. Also one of oldest in Europe. Area is of course really nice. Day 1 is our short distance championship. Area is semi-open with many depressions and vegetation details. Good runability. Day 2 is typical karst terrain, with lots of deep depressions, stones, fallen trees. Hard for running. It will be world ranking event.
How often do you have races in Croatia? What do you emphasize: national or local races? How many people do you usually have in a normal national event? Do you have young people coming to this sport?
We have about 30 competitions a year, between March and November. Both, national and local. Nowadays about 150-200 competitors. Some years ago we had 200-250. In years that are coming we hope to get that level again. Young people can be stretchy category. We have normal classes M/W12 to M/W20, also "competitions" for very young children (age 4-10) are organized through the year. That kind of competition is very popular. Just the weekend of Carnival there was a race with some 300 kids.
Do you have any special multi-day event? Which event will be the most important in Croatia during 2008?
Two events will be international. Previously mentioned at Plitvice lakes (http://www.plitvice-orienteering.com/) and 3-days event Croatia Open (http://www.inforis-delnice.com/) in town Delnice. Croatia Open is our oldest international event. It is situated in region Gorski Kotar. Attracts runners from all around Europe. Terrain in area has been used for CISM WOC 1999.
Please, give us a reason to go Croatia for an orienteering race.
Good and demanding maps and courses, good organisation, very friendly hosts, interesting food and wine, nice nature, beautiful Adriatic Sea, etc. I could do this part for hours.
Who are at the moment the best top Elite runners in your country? Do you personally know them? Can you put in evidence the particular skills of anyone? Can you remember any special race of anyone?
Lino Legac, Tihomir Salopek, Matjaz Stanfel. I know them all. Lino is running a lot of international races. Tihomir is our best runner ever. Matjaz is still a junior, but very promising one. When he will gather more international experience, he will be very good. Time is on his side. Special race - Tihomir at Finland 2001 sprint finals. He started early in race and made very good result (28th).
And what about you? What do you feel you are able to do in Portugal 2008? Who are, in your class, in a favourite position to reach the podium?
Me in Portugal. Interesting. Flat terrain was never my favourite. I'll try to be in top 20, but will see. Others. Some guys who were good are not training lately and others (not so good before) are training a lot. It is hard to say. Will see.
Next summer we will have, for the first time in WMOC, a Sprint Race. Does it suit your abilities and skills?
Sprint is not my favourite discipline. Classic race is what I like. For me sprint is just warming up for "real thing". Although, I think that sprint is a good thing. It will attract more people. And that is fun.
How did you discover orienteering?
Started with orienteering in spring 1982. A student rent a room at my parents neighbour. He was running, cycling, skiing. So, we kids asked him what is he doing. Rest is orienteering. He is no longer in sport.
Have you ever practiced any sport different from orienteering?
Of course. As an every Croatian kid, I was chasing ball. Did train football, handball.
What do you enjoy the most in orienteering?
Which events were the best for you?
My very first O-Ringen. My very first O-Ringen!
Have you ever competed in Portugal?
Not so far. I am looking forward to it.
Where have you been outside your country?
I was running all around Europe, in USA. From different places I have nice memories.
Do you remember your best (perfect) race and the worst?
Perfect race. There have been few. Maybe Alpe Adria Cup 1994, Stinatz, Austria. Regional competition. Relay. I was running last leg, started 11th and finished 2nd. Worst. Norwegian O-festival 1991. Just one hour after I paid starting fee (for all days) I had to visit a doctor and gave up. My back went somewhere.
How many orienteers do you have in your club? Do you have any responsible position in your club or in your federation?
Now I am in a small club with about 15-20 members. In club my position is a member of board, for club I do organize competition and make maps (if I have time). Before I was working more in orienteering but these days I have too much work to do as a cartographer.
What kind of training do you use to do?
At the moment I am running 4 times a week. About 40 km. Two times in forest and 2 times on a road. Two strong trainings, two easy. Two with a friend, two of them alone.
Do you have orienteers in your family? How do your family and friends support your activity?
In my nearest family I am only orienteer. Most of my friends are orienteers. Friend and I will run at Masters, other one will try to survive and girls, wives will cheer. So, 3 of us are competing and 8 are coming to Portugal.
What are your hobbies besides orienteering?
Cooking, collecting maps, dogs, making/building a house.
Can you suggest a book, a film or a music that we can't miss?
Always a Tolkien. J. R. R. Tolkien.
What are your favourite websites or blogs?
www.worldofo.com, http://www.horuk.com/okb/index.htm and mine www.tome-ol.com.
What do you expect from WMOC 2008?
Good food, good wine, sunny weather, perfect race in finals.
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008, Jan 31st. Later, we added the 3rd question - asked and answered on April 10th.)
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[2008-05-26] Vladimir Ioffe, M70, ISR
[2008-05-23] José Fernandes, M45, POR
[2008-05-21] Ezio Paris, M55, ITA
[2008-05-19] Gabriella Györffy, W40, HUN
[2008-05-16] Alberto Minguez, M40, ESP
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[2008-05-02] Martin Checkley, M55, GBR
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[2008-04-24] Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS
[2008-04-22] Freddy Sillien, M60, BEL
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[2008-04-14] Eero Tuuteri, M85, FIN
[2008-04-10] Lena Nordahl, W80, SWE
[2008-04-07] Albano João, M45, POR
[2008-04-03] Tom A. Karlsen, M55, NOR
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[2008-03-03] Birgitta Olsson, W75, SWE
[2008-02-20] J. Salmenkylä, M75, FIN
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