2007 WOC Team Announced

The Australian Boomerangs Team for the 2007 World Orienteering Championships  was announced by OA Chair of Selectors, Paul Liggins, today. The team of 5 women and 5 men includes one debutant – South Australia’s Reuben Smith who is currently residing and training in Sweden. In addition, Kathryn Ewels makes a welcome return to the team after a four year absence. … Read More

Sheldon and Uppill take out Middle Distance trial

Queensland’s Anna Sheldon and SA’s Simon Uppill were clear winners in the Middle Distance National League race at Petticoat Gully, Creswick. It was a good day for the Southern Arrows’ men, winning both the sprint and middle teams races in the mens elite division, and bridging most of the gap to the top placed Victoria Nuggets. Top courses and brilliant … Read More

Elson and Ewels Share Sprint Trial Victory

Kathryn Ewels and Grace Elson tied for first place in the Sprint Distance race at Monash University.  This was also the National Orienteering League race 8 and the World Championship team trial for the sprint.  Jasmine Neve, Tracy Bluett, Susanne Casanova and Anna Sheldon were also very close behind. Matt Crane (GBR) took out the men’s race from Bruce Arthur … Read More

Changes to JWOC Coaching Team

Orienteering Australia advise that due to a change in the work circumstances Grant Bluett has had to resign as coach of the Australian JWOC team for the 2007 Junior World Championships. As a consequence, Jim Russell will join with Hanny Allston as a joint coaching team to prepare the team for competing in Dubbo this coming July. Both Hanny and … Read More

Tiomila 2007; Big win for Hellas OK and another victory for Halden

The annual Tiomila relay was held in Sweden on the weekend. 1228 teams competed in the technical terrain near Eskilstuna. In the women’s relay there was a surprise victory by Stockholm club SOIK Hellas after a superb final leg by Tanya Ryabkina saw them overhaul Simone Niggli (Ulricehamns OK). Niggli went out in the lead but made mistakes early and … Read More

Annika Östman signs up as WOC massage therapist

Orienteering Australia is pleased to announce that Annika Östman who is based in Göteborg in western Sweden will take on the very important role as massage therapist at WOC in Kiev in August. Brett Weihart WOC Coach

Australians in form in the Nordics

The second of the Australian overseas WOC trials was held on Saturday at the elite series races in southern Sweden. This time it was a long distance race over 15 Km and Rob Walter once again finished on top with a very well placed 8th place in elite 2, only 6 minutes down on winner who happens to be ranked … Read More

Overseas WOC trial results

Last weekend saw a number of Australian orienteers competing in different races in Sweden, Finland and Norway. In central Sweden on Saturday, the men had a WOC middle distance trial in difficult depression terrain which was chosen for the trial due to its similarity to the WOC middle distance terrain. Rob Walter finished 2nd, David Shepherd 3rd, and Reuben Smith … Read More

National League 7 Results

Matt Crane (GBR) and Grace Elson (Tas) won today’s National League race in SA, while the Victorian Nuggets are leading the men’s and womens National League. Elson won another tight race from Kathryn Ewels (Vic), with Kirsten Fairfax (Vic) recording her best race of the season so far to some third. Yesterday’s Middle Distance champion, Anna Sheldon (Qld) was 4th. Meanwhile, … Read More

Sheldon and Crane win Middle Distance Championships

Anna Sheldon now holds both the Australian Long and Middle Distance titles, after winning today’s race in Pewsey Vale. The women’s race was both a technical and tight affair, with the top three separated by only 30 seconds. Grace Elson (Tas, 3rd place) led early in the race, but a three minute mistake at the eigth control cost her the race. The tough final loop saw … Read More