Orienteering Australia High Performance Squads:
The current High Performance Squad Structure, updated in August 2022, aligns with Orienteering Australia’s goal to send strong teams to junior and senior world championships in 2022 and into the future. The structure includes two squads run by OA, whilst supporting states to provide a squad structure to athletes who are not in the OA squads.
In support of junior talent and to facilitate movement of these athletes into the OA squad structure, OA will name an annual Junior Talent Honour Team after the Australian Championships. The details of squads are summarised below, more detail can be found in the Trial Orienteering Australia Squad Structure 2022 document.
Junior Talent Honour Team:
-Invitational entry into the High Performance Program for those <20 years of age
-Purpose: Recognise talented junior orienteers and facilitate development of these individuals towards JWOC and future OA squad selection.
-Support: Monthly webinar from Australian Champs to start of season in following year for both athletes and their coaches.
National Development Squad (NDS)
-Second tier development squad towards senior international competition
-Purpose: To support athletes who are a realistic chance of representing Australia at a senior World Championships or World Cup event in the next 3 years. This squad will also support masters’ athletes who are capable of performing at the highest level at World Masters in the next 3 years.
-Support: access to squad coach as required, monthly webinars, invitation to at least one training camp annually, discounted Australian team gear
High Performance Squad (HPS)
-Top tier squad for international level athletes aiming to excel at Word Championships
-Purpose: To support athletes who are a realistic chance of top 30 placing at world championships or top 40 placing in world cup round in 2022 or 2023.
-Support: regular check in from squad coach, monthly webinars, invitation to and funding to attend at least one training camp annually, discounted Australian team gear
Subjective and objective eligibility criteria for each squad is outlined in the OA Squad Structure document. Athletes need to meet most, but not all, eligibility criteria in order to be selected in a squad.
National team selection and team preparation activities sit outside, but compliment, this structure. Athletes do not have to be a member of a squad in order to be selected in a national team. However selected athletes will be invited to join applicable squad if eligible at the time of selection.
Selection, Application and Review:
All OA squads (including the Junior Talent Honour Team) will be selected after the Australian Championships for the following year. They will be reviewed on an annual basis, with athletes needing to satisfy objective and subjective benchmarks to maintain their squad selection.
For each squad, initial selection will be made by the squad coach/s, the OA Head Coach and the OA HP administrator. Selected athletes will be invited to join the squad and will be asked to either accept, decline or ask to be placed in a lower squad.
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. For masters’ athletes, admission to the National Development Squad will be through expression of interest only (i.e., they will not be selected).
Expressions of interest to join any of the OA squads should be sent to email@example.com
The OA High Performance squads are overseen by the OA Head Coach and High Performance Administrator. Each squad is lead by 1-2 coaches – these positions are currently vacant. The position descriptions for these roles can be found here: