Australian Team for the 2011 World Orienteering Championships

The Australian team named to contest the 2011 World Orienteering Championships at Savoie Grand Revard, in France, from August 10th-20th, is as follows (in alphabetical order):

Women:

Grace Crane (Tas, based in UK) – sprint, middle, relay
Rachel Effeney (Qld) – sprint
Jasmine Neve (Vic) – middle, long, relay
Mace Neve (ACT) – sprint, relay reserve
Aislinn Prendergast (Vic) – long
Vanessa Round (SA) – middle, long, relay

Men:

Julian Dent (NSW) – sprint, middle, long, relay
Rob Preston (NSW) – middle, long, relay
Simon Uppill (SA) – sprint, middle, relay
Non-travelling reserve: Murray Scown

Congratulations to all these athletes!

There are 3 newcomers to the women’s team, each named for a specific race distance, whose selection is based on the fact that these individuals have demonstrated potential and commitment to performing well in these disciplines. The decision to take a team of 6 women is testament to the depth of the women’s field in Australian orienteering at this time.

The decision to take a team of 3 men and name only two for each of sprint and long, was a difficult one, as there are a number of men who, with encouragement and dedicated training, have the potential to make the team in future years. Changes to the format of future races at WOC may facilitate this.

Murray Scown has been named as reserve for the men’s team and will replace any of the selected runners should they withdraw prior to WOC. Any withdrawals from the women’s team will be filled from within the team.

Jenny Casanova
Chair of Selectors
May 25th, 2011

Team newcomers from left - Aislinn Prendergast, Mace Neve  and Rachel Effeney

Team newcomers from left – Aislinn Prendergast, Mace Neve
and Rachel Effeney