The following two squads will be run in 2023:
- High Performance Squad: designed to meet the needs of athletes aiming to excel at the World Orienteering Championships.
- National Development Squad: designed to meet the needs of developing orienteers aiming for representation at Junior and University World Championships.
Orienteering Australia will continue to support states to organise squads which lead into this structure.
High Performance Squad:
To support athletes who striving for top 30 placing at world championships or top 40 placing in a world cup round in the following 3-5 years. Discipline specific groups (e.g. sprint group and forest group) within this squad will assist athletes optimise their performance for their preferred event. Managed by OA Head coach with involvement of specialist coaches to run the discipline specific groups within the squad.
National Development Squad:
To support athletes who are striving to represent Australia at a Junior or University World Championships in the following 3 years. Where appropriate, athletes may be invited to join activities with discipline specific groups run within the HPS. Aiming for ratio of one squad coach to 10 athletes.
Nomination and Selection:
Athletes must nominate to join a squad, to demonstrate their interest in and commitment to be involved with squad activities. For each squad, initial selection will be made by the squad coach/s, the OA Head Coach and the OA HP administrator. The nomination form can be found here and should be completed by no later than Friday 7th of October.
When nominating athletes should refer to squad eligibility, support and athlete expectations, found in the detailed squad document found here.
Squads will be announced for 2023 as soon as possible after the Australian Championship carnival and closing of nominations. Outside of this announcement, athletes can apply to be in the squad at any time in the year if they feel they meet the eligibility criteria. Their application will be assessed by the selection committee above.