The Junior World Orienteering Championships 2018 will be held in Kecskemet, Hungary from 8-15 July 2018.
Jennie Taylor Communications Officer caught up with Daniel Spencer from West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC) one of our junior GBR athletes selected to compete at the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) for the first time this year.
Club: West Cumberland Orienteering Club (WCOC)
When did you start orienteering?
"I was first introduced at primary school then started going to club events when I was about 11 years old."
What do you enjoy about orienteering?
"I enjoy how varied it is and the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve just run a really good leg, spiking a really tricky control."
Do you have a coach?
"Yes, I try and stay in contact with Tom Bray."
How has this helped you?
"It’s always good to get someone else’s input, especially when they’ve experienced international racing. They can help keep you motivated and show you how to improve, talking things through with Tom has been really useful."
Who was the first person you told when you were selected for the Junior World Orienteering Championships?
"My family were the first to know."
What kind of training have you been doing to prepare for it?
"I’ve tried to keep doing pretty much what I was doing before, I don’t want to make any major changes as I’ve had injury problems this year and really just want consistency. I’m planning on doing some heat training to prepare for the conditions in Hungary."
What advice would you give to people wanting to get into the GB Team?
"Make sure to stay focused and committed, winter training isn’t always fun but it’s what pays off."
Thank you, Daniel. Congratulations! We wish you all the best with your final preparations.
Includes primarily the 15-18 (School) age group and aims firstly to identify and induct promising juniors into the Talent squad and then assist in progressing them from the 'Learning to Train' to the 'Training to Train' phase of development.
Find out more about the 2018 Junior World Orienteering Championships here.