SILVA National Orienteering League turns 18.
The format and team names may have changed over time, but the National Orienteering League- Sponsored by compass maker SILVA, continues to grow each year. The first round of the season is in Victoria, opening with the famous Eureka Challenge massed start race. The following day consists of a Sprint Distance race and a mixed relay, where state teams match their best men and women athletes together. This race is likely to be one of the highlights of the season.
The 2nd round includes Easter Twenty10 carnival based around Canberra, and Cooma. The seven race carnival will provide plenty of challenges and a variety of terrains and race formats. The 3rdround is hosted by NSW, with a sprint race in the complex Macquarie University campus before moving to the NSW Southern Highlands region. The 4th and final round of the series incorporates the Australian Championships Carnival near Adelaide, South Australia.
In the women’s competition, Kathryn Ewels (VIC) is looking to improve on 2nd place for the previous 3 series to win her first Individual title. Her main competition is likely to come from fellow Australian team members Shannon Jones (ACT), Vanessa Round (SA) and youngsters Aislinn Prendergast (VIC) and Bridget Anderson (QLD) will be looking to make an impact in their first year in Senior Elite class.
Julian Dent (NSW) was unbeatable for the start of 2009 until injury prevented him from competing in the national championships. However he looks to be back at his best and will be looking to win his 2nd National Series title. Simon Uppill (SA) is likely to be his closest rival, and Dave Shepherd (ACT) has had some good results since returning from a long injury forced break. A large group of younger orienteers from Victoria including Bryan Keely and Chris Naunton, Matt Parton (NSW) and Murray Scown (ACT) will be looking to knock some of the more experienced runners off the podium on the right day.
Keep in touch with all SILVA National Orienteering League news at www.orienteering.asn.au