Details of the Selection Panels for the teams are under this page.
Selection Criteria: National Squads
Membership of a national squad provides athletes with support and guidance through access to national training camps and OA High Performance coaches. Completion of anti-doping education is a requirement for squad and team selection.
The core age range in the national squads is indicative only and older athletes are eligible for these talent development structures particularly those coming to the sport later in life or re-entering after a period away from the sport. As orienteering is a late development sport, and recognising athlete pathways are often disjointed, re-entry into squads is expected.
More information on the Orienteering Australia Squads, eligibility and selection can be found at National Squads.
Selection Criteria: National Foot Orienteering Teams
Orienteering Australia selects teams to compete in several regular international competitions. These include the annual World Orienteering Championships (WOC) and Junior World Orienteering Championships; the bi-annual World University Orienteering Championships (WUOC); twice annual test matches with New Zealand (the junior and senior Australian Bushrangers teams); and occasional Australian Schools Team competitions with New Zealand.
OA publishes selection criteria and the process for nominating to be considered for inclusion in these teams several months in advance of team selection; ideally three months in advance of selection trials. Selection is based upon performances at specified major national events and performance in any previous major international events. Athletes based overseas are offered international selection races by agreement with the OA Head Coach. In addition, the selectors consider any exceptional circumstances that an athlete has faced in the selection period, such as illness or injury. If you have an exceptional circumstance that you want considered you should contact the chair of the relevant selection panel (see selection panels) or the OA Head Coach as soon as possible and in advance of the selection races.