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JWOC 2019 Relay
Introducing the New Zealand JWOC Team 2019
By NZ JWOC Team - Fri 14 Jun 2019 4:06pm
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Meet the NZ team heading to the Junior World Orienteering Champs 2019 being held in Silkeborg, Denmark 6-12 July 2019.


Follow the team:


Youngest to eldest, ladies before gentlemen.

Kaia Jorgensen

How do you start your day?  With a hundred push ups

What would the title of your autobiography be?  Being brought up by the moose

What is your why?  Food and fun

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Hockey

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”

What is your favourite post session meal?  Chocolate milk and mandarins

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  My mother makes the decisions in my house

What is your life motto?  Det fixar sig

Interesting Fact about Denmark is?  I was born there

 


Georgia Skelton

How do you start your day?  I’m always late to the bus because I spend 20 minutes making porridge on the stove when I do not have time to make porridge on the stove, but it’s always worth it.

What would the title of your autobiography be?  North Lines and Good Times

What is your why?  The people, the places, and the addiction of filling coloured folders with maps.

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Is chess a sport?

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “If it’s not the fastest route, run faster until it is.” – Tommy Hayes

What is your favourite post session meal?  Banana pancakes just like Jack Johnson

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Learning to drive in a manual (thanks mum and dad) because I’m always jump starting the car after forgetting to turn the lights off and flattening the battery.

What is your life motto?  Life was made for living, so do what you love and not what you don’t.

Interesting Fact about Denmark is:  Denmark has a place where you can surf called Cold Hawaii, and it’s actually one of the best surf beaches in Scandinavia. Might need a wetsuit though!


Briana Steven

How do you start your day?  Turning off six alarms and cursing the fact I don’t live closer to uni

What would the title of your autobiography be?  The Briana-Webster Dictionary -Heckadoodle to yop edition; words to live your most excellent life by

What is your why?  Getting to see Marisol grow as an athlete by packing less and less on each o-trip

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Professional weightlifter

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “Don’t mispunch” – Derek Morrison

What is your favourite post session meal?  Chip Chip Chips hot chips can we get some chips pleeease

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Asking a very important question in a Hungarian kitchen about 11 months ago

What is your life motto?  On a scale of one to excellent, I rate it M O S T E X C E L L E N T


Marisol Hunter

How do you start your day?  I open my eye

What would the title of your autobiography be?  TBA

What is your why?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXsQAXx_ao0

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Gumboot throwing

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “If I had to rank sprints on a scale of one to excellent, I would rank them… most excellent” Briana Steven (2018)

What is your favourite post session meal?  Pasta of any kind

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Still undecided on this one

What is your life motto?  “I’ll do it later”

Interesting Fact about Denmark is?  They have their own set of 10 commandments called the Janteloven written into the constitution, so you can actually be arrested for thinking you’re better than someone else or for laughing in their misery.


Tegan Knightbridge

How do you start your day?  Smoothie in one hand, cat in the other

What would the title of your biography be?  Navigating from sloth-land
“An inspiring tale about the struggle of self motivation” – Renee Beveridge 2019

What is your why?  The places you travel to and the constant challenge

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  DH Mountain Biker

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “If you’re not reading the map, read the map” – not sure who said it but I like it

What is your favourite post session meal?  A Nature Valley Salted Caramel muesli bar, some scrambled eggs and a NOM chocolate milk from Austria

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Sticking with Orienteering after spending a good 1.5hrs on a 20min course in year 7, after vowing
never to do it again

What is your life motto?  Smarter not harder

Interesting fact about Denmark?  The highest point in Denmark is 170m above sea level


Katie Cory-Wright

How do you start your day?  Struggle out of my bed at 7am, tell myself to go for a run but end up watching baking clips on instagram for 2 hours instead.

What would the title of your autobiography be?  Stupid genius

What is your why?  Global warming’s probably going to take us soon, so might as well send it

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Gymnastics or Dancing

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “If you’ve made a few mistakes today, come and buy a little book of orienteering techniques. I’ll be by the
registration tent” – Jean Cory-Wright

What is your favourite post session meal? An overpriced brunch (Pancakes or eggs Benedict)

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  I usually only make bad decisions to be honest, but this one time I decided to trial for JWOC as a fresh 15 year old and that went pretty well.

What is your life motto?  Stay fit, run quick, take a hit, get over it, don’t be a hypocrite, get lit, dance a bit, be legit, banana split

Interesting Fact about Denmark?  Danes are the largest consumers of coffee in the world.


Will Tidswell

How do you start your day?  Generally, by sleeping in, then gapping the 50m to not miss the bus.

What would the title of your autobiography be?  WillT, and His Life

What is your why?  I guess it’s because of all the freak’n awesome opportunities and experiences that I have had with orienteering. And the terrain/sights. And the people

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Yeah, ahhhh… Triathlons

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “Hydration is key” – Devon Beckman

What is your favourite post session meal?  Blueberry & Mango smoothie

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Having Devon Beckman as my coach

What is your life motto?  Don’t let small things get in the way of your long-term goals – Jenna Tidswell

Interesting Fact about Denmark  “Denmark is a Scandinavian country comprising the Jutland Peninsula and numerous islands. It’s linked to nearby Sweden via the Öresund bridge. Copenhagen, its capital, is home to royal palaces and colorful Nyhavn harbor, plus the Tivoli amusement park” – Google


Daniel Monckton

How do you start your day?  Snoozing through 5 alarms, getting up 3 hours later, coffee and a bowl of hearty porridge?

What would the title of your autobiography be?  Don’t Pick Up The Wrong Map: And Other Fun Things I Have Learnt

What is your why?  For the sweet prize money, sponsorship and global televised fame that orienteering is known for.

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  The sport of procrastination

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “Just send it.”

What is your favourite post session meal?  Pineapple, hot chips and choccy milk

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Avoiding uni… haha whoops

What is your life motto?  Just chuck it in the f**k it bucket.

Interesting Fact about Denmark is?  It’s a tradition to get covered in cinnamon if you are 25 and unmarried.


Joseph Lynch

How do you start your day?  With the soothing commentary of Per Forsberg as my alarm

What is your why?  I enjoy the getting through the grind

Name of your autobiography?   The story of how Ryan Williams changed my life

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Race walking

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  There’s no such thing as route choice, only weakness

What is your favourite post session meal?  Pancakes with butter

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Moving to Christchurch

What is your life motto?  Run fast, burn out faster

Interesting Fact about Denmark is?  It’s the country where Kurtis Shuker will be the first Kiwi to win a JWOC Long


Stephen Harding

How do you start your day?  5 weetbix with milk & yoghurt followed by 2 eggs on toast, beans with cheese on top, salt, pepper, healthy dose of siracha and one glass of full fat milk

What would the title of your autobiography be?  Stephen Harding – An Autobiography

What is your why?  Why would you want to be vegan?

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Pool and darts

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  “Sometimes you run the course, and sometimes it runs you” – Matthew Goodall

What is your favourite post session meal?  BP Wildbean Cafe Butter Chicken Pie and a Redbull

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Leaving Geraldine

What is your life motto?  Nothing is ever so bad that it can’t get worse.

Interesting Fact about Denmark is?  Did you know?!?! As of July 2019 there will be 12 very sexy New Zealand athletes present in the country of Denmark, keep an eye out for them


Kurtis Shuker

How do you start your day?  Bang, alarm. Good ol hearty porridge and can’t go without a coffee, then crack into the day.

What would the title of your autobiography be?  Wouldn’t recommend reading it.

What is your why?  Not too sure really, still trying to find it.

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Maybe something like Ultra trail running, just something about those big
mountains.

Favourite NZ orienteer quote?  “if in doubt, just send it” – Daniel Monkton

Post session meal?  Trusty banana doesn’t go astray or something salty after a good gear grinder.

Best decision in my life?  Purchasing a Str8 compass.

What is your life motto?  Work hard, train smart, enjoy the journey.

Interesting fact in Denmark?  Did you know that there are more pigs than humans living in Denmark. Last time I checked the Denmark human population was 5,748,769.


Max Griffiths

How do you start your day?  Regretting if waking up was worth it.

What would the title of your autobiography be?  Where did I go wrong? (You’ll need to read it to find out if this refers to life or an orienteering race)

What is your why?  Why is the control not here? *staring at map angrily*

If you weren’t an orienteer, which sport would you be a professional athlete in?  Adventure racing (the less-precise orienteering)

What is your favourite NZ Orienteer quote?  When you’re not reading your map you should be reading your map

What is your favourite post session meal?  Nachos!

What so far is the best decision you have made in your life?  Becoming a founding member of UCOC.

What is your life motto?  If you don’t ask, you don’t get. There’s no harm in trying.

Interesting face about Denmark:  I’ve been stopped 3 times at the uni gym asking if I’m from Denmark.


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