Monday saw the conclusion of the Sprint Canberra series of events. These events were organised by the OA HP Group to coincide with the first HP Sprint Training Camp which was based at the AIS. 42 athletes from all the HP Squads and some other athletes who have shown talent have just completed five days of intense sprint training as well as competing in the Sprint Canberra series.
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of Dave Meyer both in coordinating and organising the Sprint Canberra series but also helping out with the camp organisation through his contacts at the AIS. He was supported in the organisation of the Sprint Canberra events by both Ron Pallas and Toph Norton. The five course setters- Eric Morris, Ben Rattray, Shannon Jones, Ollie Poland and Andy Hogg- provided the competitors with challenging sprint courses with varying formats and on some great sprint maps.
The Sprint Canberra results and splits are available
The sprint training included a “Maze O” exercise with three different courses through the maze, a 3km course around the athletics track with control descriptions and controls every 50m (this has been named the “Lazy TorsO challenge”), a 3km track time trial, a pairs sprint intervals challenge with a common last loop, some map memory sprint mass start intervals, a full recovery session run by AIS staff, a talk from Jason McRae on mental focus during sprint events and a talk from Grant Bluett, Hanny Allston, Lizzie Ingham and Rob Walter who gave the athletes great insights into the individual orienteering techniques and experiences of they have. Also sessions were held after dinner looking at the Challenges of Sprint orienteering and explaining the new HP Pathways that are related to each of the athletes at the camp. The newly appointed JWOC Manager- Karen Blatchford, and Coach- Hanny Allston took the opportunity to talk to the juniors at the camp about JWOC plans for the next two years.
The athletes will now be looking forward to the first NOL events for 2014 to be held in Brisbane on 22nd and 23rd February. These events will include a sprint relay, a sprint qualification event and a sprint final.