Vanessa Round
Age: 27 State of Origin: South Australia Orienteering Highlights: 2014 World Cup Spain; 9th Middle Distance, 13th Long Distance Recent Performances: 2013 Finland Sprint ; 32nd Interesting Facts: Illness this Read More
Vanessa Round

Age: 27
State of Origin: South Australia
Orienteering Highlights: 2014 World Cup Spain; 9th Middle Distance, 13th Long Distance
Recent Performances: 2013 Finland Sprint ; 32nd
Interesting Facts: Illness this year at WOC hampered performance
History in Orienteering: JWOC Australia Dubbo Long; 6th

World Orienteering Championships:
Long Distance, Friday 7th August:

Vanessa is one of our premier athletes who has competed extensively at an international level in all disciplines for almost 10 years. She ran at the World Orienteering Championships in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and qualified for the middle distance final in all but her last appearance. Best placing 31st in the middle distance in Switzerland 2012. Outstanding form at the beginning of the 2014 season with best World Cup results 9th in middle and 13th in long distance in Spain in April 2014. The 2 years that Vanessa has spent living, working and competing in Switzerland, has clearly given her a competitive edge though her 2014 WOC campaign was thwarted by illness. Her recent 2015 Australian World Cup results include: Middle – 22nd, Long – 21st
Vanessa started orienteering at 14 and went on to run JWOC in 2005, 2006 and 2007, best placing 6th in the Long distance in 2007 in Australia. As a Junior, Vanessa’s experience of running on home terrain at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Dubbo and placing 6th gives her the experience to perform on the big stage.

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Rachel Effeney
Age: 26 State of Origin: Queensland, Brisbane North, The Gap, Born Rockhampton Orienteering Highlights: 2014 World Champ; 3rd Sprint Qual, 27th Sprint Final; 10th Team, Sprint Relay. Recent Performances: Oceania Read More
Rachel Effeney

Age: 26
State of Origin: Queensland, Brisbane North, The Gap, Born Rockhampton
Orienteering Highlights: 2014 World Champ; 3rd Sprint Qual, 27th Sprint Final; 10th Team, Sprint Relay.
Recent Performances: Oceania Sprint Champion 2015 Tasmania
Interesting Facts: Started running with Ashgrove Rangers Athletics Club
History in Orienteering: Entry into orienteering as sprint specialist from a cross country background

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint Relay, Sun 2nd August –
Sprint Friday 31st July-

A relative late starter to the sport in 2006, Rachel has adapted quickly from a cross country running background to orienteering, achieving national selection in the JWOC team in 2007. Since then, she has represented Australia at JWOC in Sweden in 2008, then in the WOC teams in 2011 France, 2012 Switzerland and 2014 Italy. Rachel has a preference for the sprint format, and has managed in recent years to perfect preparations for international performances in this format, despite being isolated from quality orienteering competitions whilst living in Cairns and Townsville. Rachel has many outstanding national performances in long and middles distance races, notably winning a tough Easter long in 2012. She is a pressure performer, and is often asked to race with little preparation, knowing endurance fitness is a strength. Rachel’s 2013 NZ World Cup performance of 21st place in the Sprint have been followed up with premier results in the 2015 World cup in Tasmania; Sprint Qual – 9th, Sprint Final – 14th (Best of the Australians) – Oceania Sprint Champion.

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Ian Lawford
Age: 21 State of Origin: Victoria Orienteering Highlights: World Junior Orienteering Champs: 20th Sprint Recent Performances: 2015 World Cup Sprint 33rd Interesting Facts: 2015 will be Ian’s second year as Read More
Ian Lawford

Age: 21
State of Origin: Victoria
Orienteering Highlights: World Junior Orienteering Champs: 20th Sprint
Recent Performances: 2015 World Cup Sprint 33rd
Interesting Facts: 2015 will be Ian’s second year as a senior elite
History in Orienteering: Represented Australia at 4 Junior World Orienteering Champs

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint – Debut

In his first year as a senior elite, the tail end of 2014 has been Ian Lawford’s breakthrough as an Australian Elite. In the 2014 Australian Championships in Perth, Ian took out the middle distance crown, with a clear win. He placed 2nd in the long distance discipline and was the best of the Australians in a strong international field. An all round performer, Ian has some impressive sprint performances at the international level with a 20th place at the 2012 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Slovakia. His recent 5th in the 2014 National Sprint Championships in Perth rounded out an impressive end to the 2014 domestic season. As a junior, Ian participated in the 2013 NZ World Cup, placing 56th in the middle. Ian’s recent 2015 Wold Cup results in Tasmania include: Sprint Qual – 9th, Sprint Final – 33rd, Middle – 41st, Long – 37th.

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Laurina Neumann
Age: 26 State of Origin: Queensland, Brisbane West, Clear Mountain Orienteering Highlights: Junior World Orienteering Champs 2008, Sweden: 25th Long Distance Recent Performances: 2014 Australian Champs Perth: 4th Long (2nd Read More
Laurina Neumann

Age: 26
State of Origin: Queensland, Brisbane West, Clear Mountain
Orienteering Highlights: Junior World Orienteering Champs 2008, Sweden: 25th Long Distance
Recent Performances: 2014 Australian Champs Perth: 4th Long (2nd best Australian), 5th Middle (3rd Best Australian)
Interesting Facts: Best World Cup Result; 73rd 2012 Switzerland
History in Orienteering: Started Orienteering in Qld, Brisbane and has moved to Victoria

World Orienteering Championships:
Long Distance, Friday 7th August – Debut

Laurina’s results are up there with Australia’s best female performances: at the 2008 Junior World Orienteering Championships, her only JWOC appearance, she placed an impressive 25th in the long distance. Recently, she has had a strong return to form with outstanding performances in the Perth Australian Championships Carnival, where she was amongst the top 3 Australians in both middle and long. Prior to the 2015 Tasmanian World Cup her best World Cup result was 75th in 2012 Switzerland. In Tasmania she Placed: Sprint Qual – 16th, Middle – 21st, Long – 22nd.

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Lachlan Dow
Age: 23 State of Origin: ACT Orienteering Highlights: 4 JWOC representations, Best result; 35th, Long, Italy, 2009 Recent Performances: 2014 World Champs Italy ; Sprint Qual, 22nd. Interesting Facts: Australian Read More
Lachlan Dow

Age: 23
State of Origin: ACT
Orienteering Highlights: 4 JWOC representations, Best result; 35th, Long, Italy, 2009
Recent Performances: 2014 World Champs Italy ; Sprint Qual, 22nd.
Interesting Facts: Australian Representation in his first year as a senior elite
History in Orienteering: 2013 NZ World Cup: 42nd Middle

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint Relay, Sun 2nd August:
Middle Distance, Tuesday 4th August:
Relay, Wednesday 5th August:

Lachlan was born and raised in Canberra, Australia, and was introduced to orienteering at the age of 11. He moved into the domestic junior elite class, representing the Canberra Cockatoos, and attended four Junior World Orienteering Championships. In 2012, his first year in the senior ranks, Lachlan made his international debut in at the World Cup races in New Zealand, before making his World Orienteering Championships debut in Finland the same year. As a young senior elite, Lachlan has been a regular member of the Australian World Orienteering Championships team. Outside of orienteering, Lachlan is a science student at the Australian National University, Canberra. He has worked as an intern and as a technician in the Research School of Biology, where he studies in the plant sciences division. He is about to move to Germany to commence his PHD. Recent World Cup results in 2015 at the Tasmanian; Sprint Qual – 10th, Sprint Final: 3rd Jan – 25th, Middle – 34th , Long – 32nd.

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Brodie Nankervis
Age: 20 State of Origin: Tasmania, Launceston Orienteering Highlights: 3 Top 20 placings JWOC 2014 Recent Performances: JWOC 2014: Sprint 19th, Middle 16th, Long 13th Interesting Facts: Tasmania World Cup Read More
Brodie Nankervis

Age: 20
State of Origin: Tasmania, Launceston
Orienteering Highlights: 3 Top 20 placings JWOC 2014
Recent Performances: JWOC 2014: Sprint 19th, Middle 16th, Long 13th
Interesting Facts: Tasmania World Cup is in Brodie’s back yard…almost
History in Orienteering: First year in Open Mens Elite

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint 31st July – Debut
Relay, Wednesday 5th August – Debut

Brodie’s 2014 Junior World Orienteering results, the best of the Australian team, point towards a bright future. “With three top 20s in 3 races I can say that my JWOC 2014 was a real success! I am looking forward to what I can achieve in the future.” Brodie performed strongly in the recent 2015 January Tasmanian World Cup; Sprint Qual – 19th, Sprint Final – 35th, Middle – 43rd, Long – 37th

Occupation: Studying at Physiotherapy at Monash University.

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Hanny Allston
Age: 28 State of Origin: Tasmania Orienteering Highlights: World Champion 2006 Denmark Recent Performances: 2014 WOC Italy; 13th Long 15th Middle Interesting Facts: Recently moved home to Tasmania History in Orienteering: Oceania Long Champion 2015 World Read More
Hanny Allston

Age: 28
State of Origin: Tasmania
Orienteering Highlights: World Champion 2006 Denmark
Recent Performances: 2014 WOC Italy; 13th Long 15th Middle
Interesting Facts: Recently moved home to Tasmania
History in Orienteering: Oceania Long Champion 2015

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint Relay, Sat 1st August
Sprint, Friday 31st July – 5th
Middle Distance, Tuesday 4th August:
Long Distance, Friday 7th August:
Relay, Wednesday 5th August:

Hanny is our most decorated Athlete; being a twice World Orienteering Champion in 2006 at both Senior and Junior level, and much more. She transitioned to elite orienteering from a promising national level swimming career. Hanny currently coaches the Australian Junior World Orienteering Team, and has recently moved home to Hobart, Tasmania.

Notable Results, Orienteering:
Gold: Sprint Distance, WOC 2006 (Denmark) – first non-European and athlete to win both JWOC & WOC in the same year
Gold: Long Distance, JWOC 2006 (Lithuania) – by biggest margin in JWOC history
Gold: Middle Distance, World Games 2009 (Taiwan)
Silver: Sprint Distance, World Games 2009 (Taiwan)
Silver: Sprint Distance, JWOC 2006 (Lithuania)
Bronze: Sprint & Middle Distance, JWOC 2005 (Switzerland)
6th: Long Distance, WOC 2005 (Japan) – first Australian & non-European on the Podium at WOC
6th: Long Distance, WOC 2007 (Ukraine)
21st in Long Distance in Finland in ‘comeback year’ in 2013
10th Mixed Sprint Relay, WOC Italy 2014
13th Long Distance, WOC Italy 2014
15th Middle Distance, WOC Italy 2014
1st at the Easter 3 Days in 2014
NOL Female Winner 2014
World Cup January 2015 results Tasmania
Sprint Qual: 2nd Jan – 6th, Sprint Final: 3rd Jan – 19th (best Australian)
Middle: 8th Jan – 18th, Long: 10th Jan – 10th (best Australian)

Notable Results, Athletics & Running:
Australian Marathon Champion 2007 – Melbourne Marathon (2hrs40mins)
Australian Mountain Running Champion 2009 6 Foot Track winner 2013 (second fastest run in the history of the race – 3hrs37mins)
Cradle Mountain Ultra Record Holder 2013 – 82km = 8hrs10mins

PBs:
3000m = 9mins14sec
5000m = 16mins07sec
10000m = 34mins07sec
1/2 marathon = 74mins
Marathon = 2hrs40mins (Melbourne Marathon)

Local Media Outlets: The Mercury, Hobart The Advocate, NW Tas The Examiner, Launceston ABC Local Radio Hobart ABC666 Canberra The Canberra Times, Canberra The Canberra Weekly, Canberra

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Krystal Neumann
Age: 23 State of Origin: Queensland, Brisbane West, Clear Mountain Orienteering Highlights: 2014 World University Orienteering Champs: Middle 52nd, Long 57th Recent Performances: Winner round one NOL sprint races – Read More
Krystal Neumann

Age: 23
State of Origin: Queensland, Brisbane West, Clear Mountain
Orienteering Highlights: 2014 World University Orienteering Champs: Middle 52nd, Long 57th
Recent Performances: Winner round one NOL sprint races – Sydney
Interesting Facts: JWOC Poland 2011: 44th Middle
History in Orienteering: JWOC team, WUOC team

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint, Friday 31st July:

Krystal represented Australia at the World Junior Orienteering Championships in 2008, 2009, 2011. Her best result was in Poland in 2011 where she placed 44th in the middle. In 2014, she had her international debut as a senior at the World University Orienteering Champs in Czech. Against a world class field, she placed 52nd in the middle, 71st in the sprint and 57th in the long. Krystal is coming off very good form after the Australian Orienteering Championships in Perth, where she placed 3rd in the Middle Distance and was the first placed Australian. In Krystal’s first World Cup in Tasmania she placed: Sprint Qual – 17th, Sprint Final – 32nd. Middle – 26th, Long – 28th.

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Bryan Keely
Age: 26 State of Origin: Victoria Orienteering Highlights: 2013 World Champs Finland: 20th Sprint Qualification Recent Performances: 2014 Australian Sprint Champs, Perth: 8th, 2014 World University Champs; 44th middle, 34th Read More
Bryan Keely

Age: 26
State of Origin: Victoria
Orienteering Highlights: 2013 World Champs Finland: 20th Sprint Qualification
Recent Performances: 2014 Australian Sprint Champs, Perth: 8th, 2014 World University Champs; 44th middle, 34th sprint
Interesting Facts: Bryan sliced open his knee training for the sprint in Finland and managed to run a few days later after being carefully stitched up by the Swedish team doctor.
History in Orienteering: Bendigo stables

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint 31st July –
Long Distance, Friday 7th August –

Bryan represented Australia at the World Orienteering Championships in 2013 in Finland placing 20th in the Sprint Qualification race and 30th in the Middle Qualification. In 2014, he ran the World University Orienteering Championships in Czech placing; 44th middle, 34th sprint and 48th long. 2012 saw Bryan perform strongly on the domestic stage and he placed 2nd in the 2012 Australian Sprint Championships. Bryan also enjoys his athletics. 2014 will be Bryan’s first World Cup race. With his previous international experience and some impressive running times, Bryan is always a chance of a world class result. Bryan is a physical education teacher. His recent 2015 Australian World Cup results include; Sprint Qual – 12th, Long – 33rd.

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Anna Sheldon
Age: 33 State of Origin: QLD, Brisbane West Orienteering Highlights: 2007 World Cup Long, Kiev, Ukraine; 30th Recent Performances: 2014 Australian Long Distance champs Perth : 5th Interesting Facts: Occupation; Read More
Anna Sheldon

Age: 33
State of Origin: QLD, Brisbane West
Orienteering Highlights: 2007 World Cup Long, Kiev, Ukraine; 30th
Recent Performances: 2014 Australian Long Distance champs Perth : 5th
Interesting Facts: Occupation; Soil Scientist. World MTBO Bronze medal holder
History in Orienteering: Stalwart for QLD Cyclones, WOC 2007, 2006, 2010

World Orienteering Championships:
Middle Distance, Tuesday 4th August:

Anna’s senior international debut was in 2006 at the World Orienteering Championships in Denmark were she placed 40th in the middle and 44th in the long. Anna has been a regular World Orienteering and World Cup representative. Anna is coach of the QLD Cyclones National Orienteering League team and has coached the Qld schools team for a number of years. In the 2013, NZ World Cup Anna placed 34th in the sprint and 35th in the middle. Her recent 2015 Tasmanian World Cup results: Middle – 24th, Long – 28th
Currently residing Toowong, Brisbane

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Simon Uppill
Age: 27 State of Origin: SA, Hawthorndene Orienteering Highlights: Junior World Orienteering Champs: 4th 2007, Long, Dubbo, Australia. Recent Performances: 2014 World Orienteering Champs Italy: 43rd place in his first Read More
Simon Uppill

Age: 27
State of Origin: SA, Hawthorndene
Orienteering Highlights: Junior World Orienteering Champs: 4th 2007, Long, Dubbo, Australia.
Recent Performances: 2014 World Orienteering Champs Italy: 43rd place in his first hit out in the long distance
Interesting Facts: 2013 World Cup NZ: 17th, Sprint
History in Orienteering: A regular member of all representative teams.

World Orienteering Championships:
Sprint Relay, Sun 2nd August:
Middle Distance, Tuesday 4th August:
Long Distance, Friday 7th August:
Relay, Wednesday 5th August:

Simon is our most experienced male athlete. He has represented Australia at the World Orienteering Championships 6 times, from 2008 to 2014. In 2013, he achieved his best WOC result; 30th sprint, Finland. A consistent performer, Simon will be strong across all disciplines and his recent 2014 WOC long result of 43rd in Italy will give him all the confidence to perform at his peak in this discipline. In 2013 at the NZ World Cup, Simon Uppill placed 17th in the sprint and 36th in the Middle Distance. He provides the benchmark of what might be possible across the Australian men’s team. In the 2014 January World Cup races in Tasmania, Simon placed 21st in the Sprint, 23rd in the Middle and 23rd in the Long.

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