Pre-JWOC 2020 Camp: 25th – 30th August 2019, Kocaeli, Turkey
Following on from the unprecedented success of this year's Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in Denmark, several of this year's likely contenders for the 2020 team will shortly be heading out on a reconnaissance trip to Kocaeli, Turkey ahead of next year's JWOC there.
The group will consist of returning athletes in the form of Grace Molloy (FVO), triple medalist in Denmark, Megan Keith (INVOC), gold medallist in the Women's Relay team, and Alastair Thomas (EUOC/WCOC), last leg runner from the Men's relay team, which also made the podium in Denmark.
Also making the trip will be Zac Hudd (WCOC), Daniel Spencer (WCOC), Niamh Hunter (WCOC), Peter Molloy (FVO) and Eilidh Campbell (MAROC), all of whom have previous JWOC experience and they will be working hard to return once again in 2020. Finally, there will be some who have yet to make their JWOC debut going over to Turkey and this list includes David Bunn (TVOC), Flurry Grierson (DEVON), Matthew Gooch (MAROC), Anika Schwarze-Chintapatla (EBOR) and Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla (EUOC/EBOR), all of whom have previous international experience having run at JEC and/or EYOC in the past two seasons.
The camp starts on Sunday evening (25 August) and will work through until Friday morning (30 August), visiting all the areas which are likely to be similar to those being used for the competition next summer.
Paul Murgatroyd, Head Coach for Talent, commented: "This is undoubtedly an exciting group of athletes, with some defined medal and podium potential across the various disciplines, and we're hopeful that we can take the momentum of JWOC 2019 into next year's competition. We're under no illusions, however, that this will be a tough ask, as the terrain and environment will be very different from that which we encountered in Denmark, but we hope that this camp will allow us to begin to prepare the athletes to take on this challenge with confidence."