Facts about Bruno:

Family: Wife Cristina and two girls ages (almost) 2 and (almost) 6

From: Golegã, Portugal

Clubs: Ori-Estarreja (also known as the club with the bus), and CLAC

Education:

  • Degree in Sport Science and Physical Education – University of Coimbra, Faculty of Sport Science and Physical Education
  • Post-Graduation in High-Performance Training – Technical University of Lisbon, Faculty of Human Kinetics.

 

Coaching experience:

  • Portuguese National Team for many years
  • Portuguese Youth Team 2005 - 2008
  • Portuguese Junior Team 2009
  • Portuguese Senior Team 2010 - 2014
  • Coach or athlete in 6 WOC´s, 2 EOC’s, 3 JWOCs, 4 EYOC’s, 3 ISF’s.

Organizer/course setter:

As a kid Bruno took part in many different sports. He started orienteering when he was 12 and got really involved at age 16. He attended JWOC at age 18.

We caught up with Bruno in Trondheim and asked him some questions.

What should we know about Bruno?

“I’m a people-person. I’m easy to get to know. I’m interested in getting feedback and what people think about training. It’s important in a big group to get feedback so the whole group can develop and grow together.”

 

What do you eat for breakfast on race day?

“Toast with jam, and coffee.”

 

Do you have any apprehensions about living in Norway?

“Of course I will miss my family. Otherwise things seem good, good training weather, and healthy food.”

 

What is the main difference between orienteering in Norway and Portugal?

“The season in Norway is compact and filled with lots of competitions. The number of athletes in each class is bigger, and every class has a really high standard.”

 

What is your strategy for KOK?

“Our strategy is made by everybody contributing and working together as a group. I believe individuals get better as part of a group.”

 

What is the key to success in orienteering?

“Motivation and hard work. I don’t believe there is a certain “type” or any genetic qualities that make a person a good orienteer. Anyone can be good if they are keen to learn about orienteering and work to improve their performance. Elite runners also need to have good mental capabilities, and be able to keep their focus and perform at the right time.”