Orienteering Australia announced last night that an appeal against the selection of the JWOC team has been upheld. The Appeals Committee released the following public statement last night:
“The Selection Appeals Committee was asked to consider an appeal from Kurt Neumann following his non-selection in the 2009 JWOC team.
The appeal argued that the Selectors had inconsistently and incorrectly applied the selection criteria in a number of areas, namely:
- Individual day results against overall placings at Easter 2009;
- Performance in secondary criteria not being adequately considered;
- Prior experience on competition maps.
The Appeals Committee found that, whilst the selection criteria are open to some degree of interpretation, there appeared to be some inconsistencies in the application of those criteria to all candidates and that selections, not fully supported by selection criteria, appear to have been made. The Appeals Committee also found that some criteria were given little or no weighting when consideration of such may have assisted in separating candidates for selection.
For these reasons, the Appeals Committee has recommended to the OA Board that the appeal by Kurt Neumann be upheld on the grounds that the selection criteria have not been properly implemented.”
The OA Board has convened a new selection panel to re-select the JWOC team. The panel is comprised of Paul Liggins, Jenny Casanova and Dave Shepherd. The revised team will be posted on this website shortly.