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European Youth Orienteering Championships Recap

The European Youth Orienteering Championships were held in Szczecin, Poland from 21-24 June 2024.

EYOC is the largest participated competition on the IOF calendar, with 34 nations competing in the European U16’s and U18’s championships. Each nation can have 4 runners in each of the M/W16’s and M/W18’s.

We first had Australians run in 2016 and have been competing ever since. Aston Key won M16 in 2016 and M18 in 2018, and it has served all those competing in it as a great first experience into International level racing. In 2024, we had 5 Australians compete.

2024 Australian participants

M18: Cooper Horley, Owen Radajewski and Hugo Taunton-Burnett

W18: Milla Key and Erika Enderby

Results

LONG – 22 JUNE
MEN 18
1Emil Husebye Aamodt54:29
40Owen Radajewski1:05:34+11:05
81 Cooper Horley1:17:19+22:50
108Hugo Taunton-Burnet1:52:58+58:29
WOMEN 18
1Freja Hjerne 53:50
24Milla Key 1:09:17+15:27
MPErika Enderby 
SPRINT – 23 JUNE
MEN 18
1Filip Jancik11:45
39Cooper Horley13:30 +1:45
71Owen Radajewski14:32+2:47
92Hugo Taunton-Burnet15:29+3:44
WOMEN 18
1Janka Mikes11:34
2Milla Key 12:05+0:31
49Erika Enderby 14:04 +2:30

Congratulations to Milla Key, who finished second overall in the W18’s sprint! Here’s what Milla had to say after her race:

“This is the third and last EYOC for me. Our family have been coming to EYOC since 2016, we think we are the first Australians to have competed and maybe the first non-Europeans.

The sprint area in the middle of town was picturesque but also technical. There were a couple of decisive route choices we needed to make. Near the end of the sprint race, I lost about 15 seconds on a bad route choice but otherwise I was happy with my race.

I think we should encourage more of our juniors to go to EYOC. It’s a great event, a great lead into JWOC and I always have a lot of fun!”

RELAY – 24 JUNE
MEN 18
21Team Australia 12:38:28Place in leg
Owen Radajewski42:2119
Hugo Taunton Burnet54:3128
Cooper Horley1:01:3627
WOMEN 18
ncTeam MIX AUS/NZ2:23:36Place in leg
Milla Key 50:5829
Erika Enderby46:53 14
Anna Babington45:4513

Congratulations to all our Aussie athletes for their great running over the weekend.

We would like to send thanks to the EYOC organisers for allowing us to join in their competition. Next year’s EYOC is in Czech Republic.

This event is a fantastic lead up to JWOC next week and we wish the team all the best!

All photos by: Jakub Kijak, Tomasz Krysiak, Kell Sønnichsen

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