Introducing the WOC Team 2005

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The Australian team for the World Orienteering Champs was announced by Orienteering Australia’s Chair of Selectors, Ian Prosser, this morning. The team consists of 5 women and 6 men who will compete in Aichi, Japan in August.

For the first time the selectors have nominated the disciplines that each team member will run, including the naming of the relay teams. David Brickhill-Jones has qualified for a relay run following his World Cup silver medal last month — Troy de Haas and Grant Bluett join him. But highest hopes are for the strong women’s relay team who came so close to a top result in 2004 — this year Hanny Allston, Jo Allison and Tracy Bluett will run the relay, and all three have shown strong recent form.

The team includes a WOC debutant: junior Julian Dent. Julian and Hanny Allston will also race the Junior World Championships (JWOC) in Switzerland in July. At the other end of the spectrum, the oldest hands on deck are Grant Bluett and Natasha Key (32 & 33 respectively). Both are aiming to compete strongly on terrain which is considered neutral ground for the strong European nations; rumours abound that they are both considering retirement after WOC.

The full team is listed below. See the OA High Performance page for more details on selection.

Jo Allison
Sprint, Long, Relay
Age: 29
State: ACT
Career Highlight: 18th in WOC Middle Distance (Switzerland, 2003)
Grant Bluett
Sprint, Long, Relay
Age: 32
State: ACT
Career Highlight: Gold Medal, World Games 2001
Hanny Allston
Middle, Long, Relay
Age: 19
State: Tasmania
Career Highlight: 1st in qualifiers and 12th in final of JWOC (Poland, 2004)
David Brickhill-Jones
Sprint, Relay
Age: 24
State: Tasmania
Career Highlight: Australia’s first World Cup medal – 2nd in Sprint (England 2005)
Tracy Bluett
Middle, Relay
Age: 30
State: NSW
Career Highlight: 14th in WOC Middle Distance (Scotland 1999)
Troy de Haas
Sprint, Long, Relay
Age: 25
State: Victoria
Career Highlight: Australia’s first medallist – 3rd in JWOC Classic (Bulgaria 1999)
Allison Jones
Sprint, Long
Age: 29
State: ACT
Career Highlight: 33rd in WOC Classic (Switzerland 2003)
Julian Dent
Age: 20
State: NSW
Career Highlight: 2nd in M21E, Easter 3-Days 2005
Natasha Key
Sprint, Middle
Age: 33
State: Victoria
Career Highlight: 10th in WOC Sprint (Switzerland 2003)
David Shepherd
Middle, Long
Age: 27
State: ACT
Career Highlight: 24th in WOC Middle Distance (Sweden 2004)
Jim Russell
Age: 44
State: Victoria
Career Highlight: 3rd, World Masters (Lithuania 2001)
Rob Walter
Age: 29
State: ACT
Career Highlight: 5th, World Cup Middle Distance (Canberra, 2000)
Rod Dominish
Age: 60
State: Queensland
Career Highlight: Australia’s first ever WOC representative (Czechoslovakia 1972)
Cathy Hogg
Age: 29
State: ACT
Career Highlight: W10 Australian Champion, 1986
Julia Minty
Assistant Manager
Age: 26
Career Highlight: Three time JWOC representative: 1996, 1997 & 1999