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2015 New Zealand JWOC Team
By Anna Robertson - Thu 28 May 2015

Introducing the 2015 New Zealand JWOC Team. Profiles, pictures, and background information…

Nick Hann, Tim Robertson & Shamus Morrison celebrating their successful relay result.
2014 JWOC Relay – Another Podium Finish
By Anna Robertson - Mon 28 Jul 2014

Photos to tell the story of the successful relay day…. Thunderstorms and a downpour of rain for the start of the relay Wet weather is Tim Robertson’s favourite orienteering condition… Shamus Morrison ran a strong race to maintain the team’s position in amongst the leaders. And Nick Hann smashed out an outstanding run to bring […]

Middle JWOC2014 Final
Podium placing for Nick Hann
By Anna Robertson - Sun 27 Jul 2014

Nick Hann’s hard work, determination, strength through challenging terrain and superb navigational skills have earned him a fantastic 5th place in the 2014 JWOC Middle Distance final. CONGRATULATIONS NBH!  

JWOC Middle Qualification
By Anna Robertson - Sat 26 Jul 2014

A sunny day for the middle qualification, so we were glad for the 10.00am start so that we did not have to run in the heat. The middle qualifier always passes quickly as there are 3 runners beginning at the same time. There are 3 courses and the fastest 20 on each course qualify for […]

JWOC Long Distance
By Anna Robertson - Sat 26 Jul 2014

The thunderstorms continued through the previous night so we were relieved to see clear weather for the Long distance day – though we were not confident it would last in the mountain area. We had an early start with the early runners needing to be at 6.50am bus. The terrain was hilly pine forest between […]

NZ Team JWOC2014 Sprint Medal
JWOC Sprint
By Anna Robertson - Sat 26 Jul 2014

The athletes were quarantined in the Samakov Arena – a large complex with several levels. The warm up area was inside on the basement floor and the prestart was also inside the building. The athletes could hear the thunder outside and the earlier runners had the advantage of dry conditions. The heavy rain had spectators […]

Sprint Medals - Piotr Parfianowicz Poland, Tim Robertson New Zealand, Anton Johanson Sweden
Sprint Gold Medal – Tim Robertson
By Anna Robertson - Wed 23 Jul 2014

Download the OreinteeringNZ Media Release: Robertson Wins Gold – Media Release 23 July 2014 Thunderstorms did not prevent Tim Robertson from backing up his 2013 Bronze medal with a 2014 JWOC Gold medal in Samokov, Bulgaria   Download the OrienteeringNZ Media Release: Robertson Wins Gold – Media Release 23 July 2014

Rest Day(s)
By Anna Robertson - Tue 22 Jul 2014

While the team enjoyed a sleep in and late breakfast, Karen Blatchford and I headed up on the gondola to run/walk as far up Mt Musala (2925m) as we could go before lunch. The altitude made us quite breathless when we ran – well, that is what we told ourselves when we were wheezing and […]

Middle Distance Control
Orienteering in Greenland
By Anna Robertson - Mon 21 Jul 2014

Every year in Greenland around the end of June, the Ilulissat Orienteering Club (IOG) holds the Arctic Midnight Orienteering Competition, which comprises a short, middle and ultra long race. I travelled this year via Copenhagen and Kangalussat to this extraordinary destination to see what it was all about – and I wasn’t disappointed. Ilulissat is […]

Sprint Simulation Exercise
By Anna Robertson - Sun 20 Jul 2014

Today we headed down to Samakov to run on the feared ‘Vazrajdane’ map (Translation from Bulgarian is “Vicious Great Danes”) If you have not already read NBH’s blog “Who let the dogs out” https://www.orienteering.org.nz/junior-world-championships/dogs-out/, then you need to read this to get background on why we approached this map with fear and trembling! It is […]

Middle Distance Simulation
By Anna Robertson - Sat 19 Jul 2014

We drove 20 minutes, to Reylovo, to run the a middle distance simulation using the same format as the long distance – designated vehicles, model map, start draw and a last chance to practice through the race day routines. The NZ boys achieved celebrity status when an old gentleman appeared and struck up a conversation […]

Rest Day - Yastrebetz
Rest Day
By Anna Robertson - Fri 18 Jul 2014

A lovely feeling to have no alarms set and to know the only deadline in the morning was the finish of the breakfast shift at 10.00am. The morning was spent in a variety of ways; some reading through JWOC Bulletin 4, others converting the sprint map to use on Catching Features, secretive photo sessions for […]

Shamus, Kayla & Sophie
Day 3 Long distance – simulation exercise
By Anna Robertson - Thu 17 Jul 2014

An earlier start to the day, with the athletes expected to have breakfasted and be ready for their ‘JWOC shuttle’ service to the start of the Long distance simulation by 8.30am. It was an 80 minute drive to the town of Marchaevo. We arrived at the finish area, then ‘shuttled’ the athletes up a very […]

Day 2 Training
By Anna Robertson - Wed 16 Jul 2014

We woke to misty rain, enjoyed our breakfast and then headed to “Gorvedarci “ for the morning training. The drive takes us past, what are becoming, familiar Bulgarian scenes – horses grazing on the main street of villages, chooks on the verges of the side streets, people biking or walking with their makeshift trolleys made […]

Day 1 Middle Distance Training
By Anna Robertson - Tue 15 Jul 2014

The team arrived in various stages to our accommodation at the Lion Hotel in Borovets: There was an advance party at midday who established base camp and enjoyed checking out the spacious rooms in the quiet, peaceful hotel set in the trees. Some ventured out for a 30 minute run to check the local surroundings, […]

WOC Report #1
By Anna Robertson - Tue 01 Jul 2014

Image – Middle Podium (Photo Credit: Andrea Cardosi) Another year, another WOC, and here we are in sunny (but also very thundery) Italy on the Altopiano of Asiago in the foothills of the Dolomites. Wh

Sprint training
By Anna Robertson - Mon 23 Jun 2014

The College Sport Wellington Prize-giving and Sprint event, held at Victoria University, was an opportunity to fine tune some sprint skills for 3 of the local Wellington JWOCers before they head to Eu

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