The Silva National Orienteering League program resumes this weekend in Canberra with three events held over the two days. Sprint distance and Middle distance on Saturday and a Long distance event on Sunday.
Added significance to these events as they are the final selection trial for local athletes who have nominated for the Australian team to compete at the World Orienteering Championships in Finland in July.
This team will be selected following the events this weekend. Also Australia will be sending a Bushrangers team to compete against NZ in early June at three events to be held just south of Auckland and this team will also be selected following this weekends events.
Selection criteria and process for the Bushrangers team is
· A team of 4 men and 4 women will be selected to contest the M/W21E Bushrangers’ Test Match against the New Zealand Pinestars in NZ on June 1st-3rd
· Selection will be based primarily on results achieved in National League races in 2013 (WOC Trials, Easter, March NOLs) and to a lesser extent on 2012 National League results.
· In accordance with OA policy, selected athletes must have no outstanding debts to Orienteering Australia, Australian University Sport or the athlete’s relevant state association.
· The intended focus of this team is that it provides development opportunities for athletes wishing to progress to international competition; however, athletes may also be named on the basis that these races would provide preparation for WOC 2013.
· The team will be announced in the week following WOC trials, once the availability or otherwise of athletes who have previously expressed interest has been confirmed.
The National Orienteering League standings after 6 rounds of competition are:
Senior Men- Victorian Nuggets 46
Canberra Cockatoos 45
NSW Stingers 32
Senior Women- Victorian Nuggets 43
Canberra Cockatoos 37
SA Arrows 32
In the senior individual point score
Lachlan Dow leads on 140 points from his Cockatoo team mate Matt Crane who is on 131
Grace Crane is a clear leader in the senior womens on 159 from Jasmine Neve on 132. The athlete to watch here is Lizzie Ingham who had a clean sweep of all events at Easter after missing the first two NOL events.
In the Junior teams competition Can berra Cockatoos lead on 44 from Tasmanian Foresters on 40 and Victoria Nuggets on 35.
In the junior women Victoria Nuggets lead on 52 from NSW Stingers on 38.
In the individual competition there is a close contest in the junior men with Ian Lawford on 138, Matt Doyle on 133 and Andrew Barnett on 127.
Junior women is Heather Muir on 168 and Jacqui Doyle on 156.