The 2nd round of the SILVA National Orienteering League is held in conjunction with the Easter Carnival and the following weekend. Competition will be heating up with selection for the World Games and World Championship teams on the line. Australia is one of only 13 nationals represented by two men and women at the World Games in Taipei in July. The Junior Elite will also feel the pressure of their selection races for the Junior World Championships in Italy.
Hanny Allston has lived up to her favourite status and will be hard to beat over 4 days or racing in her home state. The remaining podium spots look like it will be filled by Victorians Kathryn Ewels and Jasmine Neve, with improving Cockatoo Shannon Jones putting the pressure on. Vanessa Round (SA) and Anna Sheldon (QLD) will be hoping to put injury worries behind them and move up the leaderboard.
Julian Dent (NSW) continues to hold onto the #1 spot in Mens Elite class, and will be the hot favourite. Southern Arrow Simon Uppill is currently in 4th place in the SILVA league, but missed the 3rd race though course-setting obligations. The dark horse in the race will be Victorian Troy De Haas who is returning to national competition after a break to pursue mountain running and career goals. The 7 time WOC representative has plenty of experience and will be out to show he means business. Outside these 3 are host of challengers like Matt Parton (NSW), Bryan Keely(VIC) and Ryan Smyth (TAS) who can match it with the best on their day.
Results and Reports will be posted on the Orienteering Australia website over the weekend.