NZOF NEWS - APRIL 2010
Easter has been and gone, and on the whole a successful long weekend of orienteering hosted by our southern friends. It was a huge undertaking for one of our medium-sized clubs to host all 4 days of our National Championships, and for that alone they should be applauded. To take orienteering into the Central Otago and onto virgin territory for us navigation junkies was enjoyed by many. So thanks Dunedin for an interesting and enjoyable weekend.
TEAMS, TEAMS, LOTS OF TEAMS
Following on from the Nationals our Selection Panel had a number of teams to select for the upcoming European summer. Without further ado:
World Championships (August, Norway)
Women: Rita Homes HB, Lizzie Ingham WN, Lara Prince PP
Men: James Bradshaw CM, Tane Cambridge DN, Chris Forne PP, Ross Morrison HB, Thomas Reynolds NW
Rounds 1-3 (Bulgaria, May): Todd Oates WN
Rounds 4-6 (Scandinavia, June): Todd Oates WN, Chris Forne PP, Lizzie Ingham WN
World University Championships (July, Sweden)
Women: Lizzie Ingham WN, Kate Morrison HB, Angela Simpson RO
Men: James Bradshaw CM, Ross Morrison HB, Thomas Reynolds NW
NZ Pinestars (v Australian Bushrangers, May in NSW)
Women: Rita Homes HB, Amber Morrison HB, Lara Prince PP, Georgia Whitla PP
Men: Michael Adams PP, James Bradshaw CM, Tane Cambridge PP, Jourdan Harvey CM
In addition, Jula McMillan HV has replaced Rachel Goodwin HB in the JWOC team.
Congratulations to all those selected and best of luck for the competitions.
More to come! the Bushrangers are coming to our Queens Birthday weekend for their annual reality check on New Zealand soil; with a regional schools challenge in the air also it's shaping up to be a great weekend in June.
Easter is also the time we announce our award winners from 2009, generously supported by Ampro Sales, distributors of SILVA compasses. Congratulations to the following winners:
Silva Award, for services to NZ orienteering: Svend Pedersen SD
Silva International Performance Award: Chris Forne PP
Silva Coach of the Year: Derek Morrison HB
Silva Mountain Bike Orienteer of the Year: Marquita Gelderman NW
Silva Rogainer of the Year: Phil Wood NW
Silva Kapiti Havoc Trophy, for international junior performance: Greta Knarston CM
NZOF Administrator of the Year: Roger Woodroofe AK
President's Award, for outstanding contribution at club level: Wayne Gray NL
NEW SOUTH ISLAND REP ON NZOF COUNCIL
Also at Easter, Trish Faulkner PP stood down as the SI representative on Council and in her place comes Owen Cambridge DN. We thank Trish for her outstanding service and welcome Owen on board.
ATTACKING THE AKATARAWAS
And to wrap up an extremely busy few weeks we shouldn't forget it was our turn to host the National Rogaining Championships, ably hosted during 17-18 April by Orienteering Hutt Valley. An extremely tough weekend for those who were brave/stupid/(insert your own adjective here) to tackle the rugged, partly bush-clad terrain. Special mention must be made of one half of the winning team, Jamie Stewart WN, as he adds a national title in a navigational challenge lasting 24 hours whilst reigning Oceania champion over the sprint distance (winning time about 15 minutes). His partner was Greig Hamilton PP.
GO AND CHECK OUT!
http://o-training.net - a new website launched by World of O creator Jan Kocbach (NOR) which has the potential to be a great resource for training ideas and exercises for both coach and athlete.
www.attackpoint.org - click on community and then NZ and you'll see the occasional updates of daily trainings from some of our (both elite and not-so-elite) athletes. Perhaps you could even leave a positive and encouraging comment. No need to ask them how their training is going, you can spy on them online. Feel free to join in and use the training diary facility, don't be shy, the more the merrier.
www.navevent.co.nz/QB2010 - Queens Birthday is not that far away.
www.mapsport.co.nz/hvoc/safari.html - the City Safari is fast becoming one of our iconic events and worth travelling to Wellington at least once in your lifetime to experience. Make your mind up soon, entries close 6 May.
To Grant Davidson TP on being appointed as new Chief Executive for Skills Active.
To Andrew Middleditch - an English orienteer visiting our shores who, one week after competing at our Nationals, raided the Christchurch Casino and won the South Island Poker Championships. He also finished 7thin the NZ Poker Championships.