Oceania Nominations, MW16 and extension

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Update for Australian Challenge Team for Oceania – Extension for nominations for all age classes now including MW 16 (Close Sun 6th November – all age classes)

Recent information from New Zealand and School Sport Australia clarifying the competition arangements and age classes now require the Australian Junior selection panel to select the MW 16 Oceania team. Therefore, all interested MW 16 Oceania candidates are now required to nominate for Australian Challenge teams using the process and form below.

image OceaniaThere will be an AUS-NZL Challenge as part of the Oceania Championship to be held in NZ, April 14-17, 2017. Orienteering Australia aims to select strong teams to contest the Challenge against New Zealand and calls for nominations across all age classes (now including MW 16). We urge all available athletes to nominate for the Australian Challenge team to enable a strong challenge with reserves to cover contingencies across all classes. These spirited challenges are traditionally a tight affair with friendly, competitive Trans Tasman rivalry.

We urge experienced competitors to rally team nominations for their age classes.

We are also calling for an Australian Challenge Team Manager to coordinate the Australian Challenge team for the Challenge and encourage applications from those who would like to contribute to the success, camaraderie and coordination of the team. Please contact Lance Read or John Harding by 6th of November to express your interest in this role.

In all likelihood, there will also be an Elite ANZ Bushrangers test match (MW 20E, MW 21E) and Schools Team tour (15 years and under and 19 years and under) as part of the competition structure across the carnival week. Teams for these competitions will be managed separately. These will provide an exciting extension to the Challenge. Nominations for these teams will be called for in 3 weeks time after team management arrangements have been finalised.

The selection criteria for this Australian Challenge Team to participate in this challenge are below.

As previously announced, the selection races for AUS-NZL Challenge teams (excluding MW16 classes)

  • For MW 18 and master’s classes (MW 35 +), the Australian Long, Middle & Sprint 2016 as the primary selection races, with Easter 2016 results as secondary performances to call upon where further clarity is required. 
  • For, MW21E and MW20E, the Australian Long, Middle & Sprint 2016 including recent international performances as the primary selection races, with Easter 2016 results as secondary results to call upon where further clarity is required.

Selection guidelines of the MW16 class:

Selection criteria for MW16 Oceania Teams will be as per School Sport Australia rules shown here in full which outline that greater emphasis should be given to the three Australian Schools Championship races ahead of the Australian Long Distance Champs. Detailed selection criteria and processes for this class were available in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championship program. This challenge class will be selected in accordance with School Sport Australia rules and protocols. However to be eligible for selection in the Australian Oceania Team (MW 16/18) you do not have to be selected in the Australian Schools Test Match Team (15/19 years and under, 2017).

Additional tour information for MW 16; while selection of the Oceania challenge team in MW 16 classes will be as per Australian School Sport rules, competitors in this class may, or may not, be traveling as part of the Schools Test Match team.

Notes for MW 18 classes

MW 18 competitors and parents please note that there will be, in all likelihood, two separate teams available to participate in. One for those at school in 2017 (The Australian Schools team and tour) and another for those who are no longer at a secondary school in 2017 (the AUS Challenge team). Current School Sport Australia rules state Competitors must be in attendance at a recognized school, or, in the case of a Test Match contested between 1 November and 31 January, have completed their schooling within the previous 3 months. As the Schools Test Match will be contested outside of these dates, only athletes who are at a school in 2017 will be able to participate in the Schools Tour. MW18 competitors who are not at school in 2017, should nominate for the Australian Challenge team on the understanding that they will be organising their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Students should seek clarification from their school team managers regarding which team to nominate for.

Special consideration relevant to all classes:

Special consideration other than injury or illness may be considered in exceptional circumstances. Section 5.3 of the operational manual states the only grounds for special consideration are injury and illness. While this will generally be the case, in considering the performances of athletes at events, or other attendances required under these criteria, the respective national selection committees may, at their discretion, give weight to extenuating circumstances. In such circumstances (for example, travel delays, bereavement or personal misfortune), it is the athlete’s responsibility (school team mangers may submit special consideration applications on behalf of athletes) to submit a written application with evidence for special consideration to the appropriate selection panel.

ALL NOMINATIONS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN OCEANIA CHALLENGE TEAM ARE TO BE SUBMITTED USING THIS FORM (MW 16, 18, 20, 21, 35 +)

 Nominations close Sunday 6th November

IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT NOMINATIONS FOR THE PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS TOUR TEAM WILL TAKE PLACE IN 3 WEEKS TIME. THIS WILL TAKE PLACE THROUGH THE OA WEBSITE, AFTER TEAM OFFICIAL HAVE BEEN DETERMINED FOR THE TOUR. NOMINATIONS FOR TOUR OFFICIALS WILL TAKE PLACE SHORTLY.

Panel Chairs:

  • Schools Selection Panel: Rohan Hyslop
  • MW18/20 Junior Selection Panel: Susanne Casanova
  • MW 21E Senior Selection Panel: Bruce Arthur
  • MW 35+ Masters Selection Panel: Jenny Casanova