Selections for World Cup Round 1 Announced
Many congratulations to the athletes who have gained selection to the TEAM to represent Great Britain in Round 1 of the 2017 World Cup, in Finland 24th – 28th May 2017:
British Orienteering have been granted places for six men and six women in each individual race along with three sprint relay teams and we have selected a large team of athletes, taking into account the selection criteria and the availability of athletes at this stage.
The Long Distance competition is somewhat unusual as it includes a chasing start with athletes’ start times based on the sum of their finishing times in the sprint qualification and the middle race, consequently athletes selected for the long are also selected for the sprint and the middle.
Ralph Street will head up the sextet of senior men. Ralph gained early selection for all races at this competition at the beginning of the year. He will be joined by Peter Hodkinson who, after being pre-selected for the sprint and sprint relay will now be entered for the forest races. Chris Smithard and Jonathan Crickmore have also been added to the team after performing well across the series of selection races at the JK. Completing the men’s team are Alan Cherry and Peter Bray who are expected to take advantage of the opportunity to continue to build on their performances when they compete in Finland at the end of next month.
Of the women, Hollie Orr, who gained early selection for sprint, middle and long will be in the company of Tessa Strain and Megan Carter-Davies who have added the middle and long to their schedule that already included the sprint and sprint relay. They will be joined by Cat Taylor in all races, Charlotte Ward in the sprint and sprint relay, Jess Tullie in the sprint, middle and long distance events and Jo Shepherd in the middle.
The mixed sprint relay teams are made up of Ralph Street, Peter Hodkinson, Jonathan Crickmore, Chris Smithard, Tessa Strain, Megan Carter-Davies, Cat Taylor and Charlotte Ward.
Jackie Newton, Performance Manager, said “Our WOC target is a relay medal and this competition provides a valuable preparation opportunity for athletes in the team to make a big statement of intent. We have strength and depth in our sprint relay squads and our athletes are competing with each other to make the teams. For this reason, we have selected two competitive teams for the sprint relay and offered those athletes a place in the individual sprint. This has left one space empty in the women’s long event; this is a strategic decision as sprint relay is one of the events in which we intend to challenge for medals at Tartu 2017.”