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One thousand people took part in World Orienteering Day Virtual Event

World Orienteering Day – Virtual Event saw 2,000 people register with 1,000 people actually taking part from a staggering 52 different countries represented from those taking part.

Countries taking part were from all around the world such as Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, Great Britain, Spain, Russia, France and Australia.

The most people taken part in the virtual online event were from Great Britain with 376 competitors.

Jenny Nilsson, Project Manager - World Orienteering Day, said:
“All together it was a great way of celebrating World Orienteering Day even if we all couldn’t do it the traditional way. Hopefully we will see more of this type of event in the future that gives orienteering a whole new arena to be seen on. Take care!”

Peter Hart, Chief Executive Officer at British Orienteering, says:
“British Orienteering has been fully supportive of the recent innovative Lockdown Orienteering online challenges being coordinated by GB elite orienteering athlete Chris Smithard. Lockdown Orienteering has provided a wide range of orienteering themed activities and challenges which can be done from the comfort of your sofa. British Orienteering was delighted to see so many of our clubs and members joining in and taking part in the challenges over the four days. It was great to see so many different countries all taking part and competing across the world ‘online’ against each other. Thank you to Chris and his team for all their work and effort in putting together the online challenges for us all to take part in and enjoy.” 

1,000 people enjoyed Virtual Event

If you didn’t see any of the interviews with top international orienteers – check out the video interviews on Youtube: 
World Orienteering Day – Wednesday Live Video.

Maja Alm – 7 time World Champion
VojtÄ›ch Král – Knock Out Sprint King
Emily Benham – 4 Golds at the 2019 Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championships
Hanny Allston – First non-European to become World Orienteering Champion in 2006 – and still as a junior!
Frédéric Tranchand – 7 time World Champs medallist

What is Lockdown Orienteering?  
Lockdown Orienteering provides a series of online challenges to test your orienteering skills and knowledge against people from anywhere in the world, while you stay in the comfort of your home whilst waiting for real orienteering to return.

Find out more here: