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Pre-JWOC 2020 Camp, Kocaeli, Turkey

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.

Pre-JWOC 2020 Camp - starts on Sunday 25 August 2019

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."

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Tweet Thursday 22nd August 2019

Head of Development, Craig Anthony, to Leave British Orienteering

British Orienteering has today announced that Craig Anthony, Head of Development, will be leaving the governing body at the end of the month after 5 and a half years in the sport to take up a post as Chief Executive of British Wrestling. 

Craig has led the development team for British Orienteering throughout his time at the governing body transitioning from a participation focus back to focus more on clubs, regular participation and membership.  Over the past couple of years he has also taken on responsibility for the Talent and Performance programmes which has seen some significant international success.

Craig said:  

“I’m proud to have worked for British Orienteering through a period of significant change and have enjoyed my time immensely working with the volunteers across the country that make the sport work. One of my key beliefs of working in sport is that as professionals we are only custodians and it is our job to ensure that the sport is in a better place when you leave than when you started, I hope that this is the case. After over 5 years in the sport, it feels like the right time to take on a new challenge, but I look forward to watching the progress of British Orienteering in the years ahead.” 

Peter Hart said:  

“Craig has made an enormous contribution and has had a really positive impact on the sport during his time at British Orienteering. He leaves the sport in great shape and I am delighted that he was able to share the success of the outstanding success of the whole team at the Junior World Championships this year.” 

“On behalf of the Board, I share heartfelt thanks to Craig for his commitment and passion. Craig will be missed but we wish him all the best for the future.” 

Peter Hart said:  

“Craig has made an enormous contribution and has had a really positive impact on the sport during his time at British Orienteering. He leaves the sport in great shape and I am delighted that he was able to share the success of the outstanding success of the whole team at the Junior World Championships this year.” 

“On behalf of the Board, I share heartfelt thanks to Craig for his commitment and passion. Craig will be missed but we wish him all the best for the future.” 

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Tweet Thursday 22nd August 2019

Projects to help improve the university orienteering clubs’ experience

For the month of July, Development Intern, Georgia Jones, has been working on several projects that focus on improving the university orienteering clubs’ experience.

She has built and updated new University-focussed pages of the British Orienteering website started a new weekend training camp and is presenting a webinar about university orienteering clubs.

Georgia gives more detail about her work with the Development Team during the month of July.  

“As someone who started from scratch with British Orienteering when I founded the Exeter University club, there was a lot I had to figure out for myself, even with the invaluable help from Devon and British Orienteering. Most of the resources for universities are out there, but it is often difficult and time-consuming to source them all.  

Intern joined the Development team for one month in July.

My first solution to this was creating a couple of new webpages specifically for universities on the British Orienteering site. University clubs will now find on the website a main University Club page, with a list of important university events, awards that we have access to, funding opportunities available and other useful links to resources such as training, advertising, mapping and PR materials. It also links to a page specifically for students wishing to start their own university orienteering club. On that page, I wrote up a detailed how-to document, which contains every step I took to successfully setting up my club using my university affiliation form and Orienteering Foundation grant application as examples as well as templates for our club constitution and committee roles. I also updated the current list of university clubs on the site, with thanks to Fay Walsh for providing a hugely time-saving spreadsheet from the previous year’s British University Championships. 

The second project was organising a training weekend for university clubs. This project was motivated by the fact that, besides the British University Championships, most university clubs rarely interact with each other, let alone en masse. Iain Embery was a tremendously generous help for this project, as he had already done much of the groundwork and could coordinate with Junior Regional Orienteering Squad. The weekend we created is based in the Lake District at the end of November -  universities purchase a package that offers two nights of accommodation, three different Lakeland maps and a social night on the Saturday. If you want to check out the event, the Facebook page is here

The final project I’m carrying out is a webinar as part of the British Orienteering series, talking through my experience of setting up a club and sharing the way I got support for it, how we run trainings, our relationship with the local club, Devon, and generally opening up the conversation about University Orienteering clubs’ experience.  

As I’ve been working through the projects, I have also enjoyed being the point of contact for other people interested in improving their University clubs. Universities face the unique challenge of a high turnover of members and sometimes uncertain committee handovers, which leaves a lot of space for clubs to shrink, disappear or not start up at all. I hope that, by building these projects, I have made that challenge just a little bit smaller. I owe a big thank you to British Orienteering for letting me carry out the projects – they have a fantastic team and I have learnt a huge amount.” 

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Tweet Monday 9th October 2017

Junior Home Internationals 2017 – England in narrow win!

England took the win by just 3 points at the Junior Home Internationals in Dolgellau, mid-Wales at the weekend 7-8 October. They went into the lead after the individual day on Saturday, and although Scotland put up a good fight, winning both Junior Men’s & Women’s Relays on Sunday, England won overall.

Wales and Ireland shared 3rd place with some good Irish runners in the individual race, and the Welsh performing well in the Relays.

The win by England means they have won all three Home International matches this year – Juniors, Seniors and Veterans.

Congratulations to all teams.

 

Summary results for Junior Home Internationals 2017:

  England Scotland Ireland Wales
Individual 80 73 34 28
Relay 50 54 16 22
Overall 130 127 50 50

Full results available at www.mid-wales-orienteers.org.uk

England team
Scotland team
Ireland team
Wales team

All photos kindly supplied by Wendy Carlyle

 

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank Mid-Wales Orienteering Club for organising this superb event and congratulate all of the teams who took part. 

 

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