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The Yvette Baker 2020 Junior competitions starts this month!

The Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield, the annual programme of club junior orienteering competitions, starts later this month (Saturday 29 February 2020) with the Welsh heat at Merthyr Common in South Wales.  

Sarah Mansel, Yvette Baker Coordinator, says: "We have an exciting programme of regional heats lined up for 2020. There will be 9 heats all over the country during the spring, culminating with the final in July at Tetbury, centrally located in the beautiful Cotswolds. The Yvette Baker is a wonderful chance for clubs of all sizes to build a team and have fun competing against other clubs.”

 

 

 

 

 

In 2020 (as in 2019) the programme divides into two separate junior competitions that take place at the same event.  The Yvette Baker Trophy is for larger clubs, with teams of 9 runners to count; the Yvette Baker Shield is for smaller clubs, with teams of 5 runners to count.

The list of regional heats and final in 2020, the competition rules and the list of eligible clubs, showing which clubs compete in the Trophy vs the Shield, are contained on the competition website: www.britishorienteering.org.uk/yvettebaker

Good luck to all clubs and junior orienteers in 2020!    

Photos above:  Left:  South Yorkshire Orienteers (SYO) have won the Trophy for past three years and go from strength to strength.  Will 2020 be the year that another club finally topples SYO?  Right:  Essex Stragglers (SOS) were delighted to win the Shield in 2019, but with nearly 40 clubs eligible for the smaller club competition, they will face stiff opposition!

Credit:  YBT 2019

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The Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield are the premier Junior Inter-Club competitions for English and Welsh orienteering clubs.

The Yvette Baker Trophy and Shield are named after Britain's first World Orienteering Champion Yvette Baker, who won Gold in the Short Distance event at the World Championships in Scotland in 1999.

There are two competitions held each year, that take place at the same event:

  • The Yvette Baker Trophy is for larger clubs, with teams of 9 runners to count.

  • The Yvette Baker Shield is for smaller clubs, with teams of 5 runners to count.

Yvette Baker. Photo credit: Northsport @ 1999
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