MTBO Update – Manager sought for 2014 AUS v NZ Challenge

CMatthews IMG_0104A manager is sought for the Australian team for the January 2014 Australia-New Zealand MTBO Orienteering Challenge, to be contested in the North Island of New Zealand from Saturday January 4th to Saturday January 11th.

The manager will need to help with the ordering and distribution of riding tops and co-ordination of the team in NZ.   Additionally it would be desirable if the manager could arrange accommodation and transport for team members looking to travel as a group.   Craig Steffens, the previous manager of the 2012 NZ trip, is willing to assist.   The position can be filled by either a riding or non-riding applicant.

Please contact Kay Haarsma (kayhaarsma@hotmail.com) as soon as possible, but by the end of May, if you are interested in this position.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2013 -Please note that the ACT MTBO Sprint Championships will double up as the Australian Sprint Championships.   This event will be held on Oct 19th on the beautiful Sparrow Hill map, with the ACT middle distance at Kowen in the afternoon and their long champs at Pierce’s Creek on Oct 20thhttp://act.orienteering.asn.au/events/?EventID=2861

The Australian middle and long championships are at Gympie (Queensland) on July 27-28thhttp://www.ausmtbochamps.com/program/

2014 – Keen mountain bike orienteers can look forward to riding in many new places next year.  Initially there will be an Australia v New Zealand challenge based in the North Island of New Zealand.  This will go from Saturday January 4th until Saturday January 11th with events on most days.

Then, on the June long weekend there will be a second Australia v New Zealand challenge, in conjunction with the Australian Championships.  This event will be in the breath taking venue of Alice Springs with all formats (sprint, middle and long) being conducted.  You can fly into Alice Springs from any major city, then catch a shuttle bus to the door of your caravan park, hotel or resort accommodation.  All events will be on the edge of town, just a few kilometres away, so there is no need to hire a car.  Of course you may well want to stay an extra few days to see all the wonderful sites in the Red Centre.

Then from August 27th Poland will host JWOC, WOC and Masters World Championships concurrently at Bialystok, some 200kms NE of Warsaw.

Kay Haarsma – OA High Performance Manager