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NZ JWOC Teams
NZ JWOC Teams
Members: 9 members  Active: 3 years, 3 months ago

What is JWOC? JWOC stands for Junior World Orienteering Championships. The name says it – Its the ultimate top level world championship orienteering races for anyone aged 20 and below as of 31 December in the year of competition. New Zealand uses a selection process to pick its best 6 men and ...

Introducing the New Zealand JWOC Team 2018


Briana Steven

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Being late for Chamber Choir
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Meet Simona Aebersold, get a picture with Simona Aebersold, be an astronaut
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Live on the International Space Station. (Not doing anything important, just tagging along for the ride)
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: Don’t be afraid to take the easy route choice – Sophie Harrison 2018
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Crying alone in Hydrabad forest, 2017 JWOC trials
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: 2015 AUS schools champs sprint
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Marina Comeskey 
  • What food really gets you Hungary: The muesli bar I always forget to pack for between school and training
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: To be in the same time zone as Simona Aebersold
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: Marisol Hunter’s pink and orange socks

 


Jenna Tidswell

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Probably some school work
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: To travel the world, Orienteer all over the world, Swim with sharks
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Travel the world
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: If you want something, go get it
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Whenever I run past cows
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Orienteering in Finland
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Will Tidswell
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Watermelon
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: Having the fastest cleanest run of my life
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: My own drive to be successful

Katie Cory-Wright

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Probably eating something unhealthy, or watching pointless YouTube videos.
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Go to Africa, Party with the cast of Geordie shore in New Castle, be a judge at the Tiramisu World Cup
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Never stop travelling
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: Don’t sweat the small stuff, or the big stuff.
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Making a 10 minute mistake at national schools 2014 and not making the schools team
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: The whole of JWOC 2017
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: My mum – Can navigate but can’t run fast
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Anything you’d find in a bakery
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: Event 6 😉 Nah jokes, probably running in some unfamiliar/unusual terrain
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: The amazing experiences I’ve had in orienteering so far

Lara Molloy

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: At the moment probably exploring some new city!
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: To be honest I only have one thing on my bucket list, fly first class
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Finish my bucket list, travel the world competing in orienteering events and buying everything I wanted to
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: Don’t get lost
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Getting to the point I had pretty much no idea where I was and deciding I might as well just use the safety bearing… at nationals long distance this year…
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: My first ever event, when Lizzie (Ingham) was sent out to run the yellow so I didn’t win
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: My sister
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Ice cream on a hot day
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: Satisfyingly clean races, haven’t had one for a while
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: Being competitive and wanting to win

Marisol Hunter

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Eating way too many carbs for lunch at my uni residential hall #fresher five
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Invent a viable way of generating energy from nuclear fusion, Reverse global warming, Reconcile general relativity and quantum mechanics
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Getting tragically lost at camp champs on my first ever junior camp
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: AUS Champs in Ballarat
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Briana Steven. She’s a cool kid, a real tidy tortilla
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Pasta. Also Whittaker’s sea salt and caramel chocolate
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: The lack of hills
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: The excitement of having watched JWOC every year for ages, but now instead of sitting at home watching GPS-tracked dots move across a map, I’ll actually be there competing

Meghan Drew

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: I would be found at Auckland University, doing engineering work
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: 1. Travel 2. Get my engineering degree 3. Get a job that I love
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: I would do a lot of travel and pursue sport and music
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: To take one day at a time and enjoy it while I can
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Almost braking my ankle in junior camp sprint champs 2015
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Australian sprint Champs 2017, awesome race and great vibe with the team
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: I have no clue
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Chocolate
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: To run in new terrain and meet some new people
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: The opportunity to do well against the best of the best

Cameron deL’lsle

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Pm: Eating a well-balanced healthy meal complete with wholegrains and nutritious salad greens. Am: Amidst 9.5 hours of sleep, necessary for optimal muscle repair and maximal brain function
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: 1. Make a bucket list, 2. Schedule a time to make a bucket list, 3. Make it out of Kecskemet alive
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Find the best orienteering terrain in Scandinavia and live on it. Or maybe Switzerland
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: Matt Ogden: “off the line, losing time”
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: 45min control in Woodhill on a course that took me 2.5 hours
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Hard choice between AUSchamps 2013, my first JWOC (especially the middle qual) and last stage Oringen 2017
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Genetically my mum or dad.  Spiritually someone like Daniel Hubmann
  • What food really gets you Hungary: 800HUF kebabs from Kiskoros
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: Hungary for success of course
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: Whatever I ate last (a banana in this case)

Callum Hill

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: According to my lecture schedule, somewhere in the Otago medical school, but within that it’s probably a 50/50 chance between the library and the cafeteria
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Starting with the most reasonable to the least: I really want to do Godzone one day, I would love to run the length of New Zealand, and I would be thrilled to go to space!
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: I would probably try to see how many national parks I could explore across the world before I got bored
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: “If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”- Dr Seuss
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Getting lost, running 2km off the map and being herded back to the car park by some scary looking cows
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Has to be touring Australia as part of the secondary schools team
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Flynn Hill – He’s not very good but who can you relate to more than your twin?
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Mixed lamb and chicken kebab snack pack with sweet chilli, BBQ and yoghurt garlic sauce and extra cheese
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: he long distance, something about 15km through Hungarian scrub under the European sun just sounds riveting
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: The places we go. To be in the zone, racing with all systems go, in front of some stunning backdrops is a feeling that you really just can’t beat

Daniel Monckton

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: At the moment probably scootering around picking orders at fast pace at Mighty Ape but soon to be off travelling Europe
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Run on some Scandinavian O maps, go skydiving, become bilingual
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Travel all around Europe, the USA and the world
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: “You can’t MP if you get all the controls.”
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Being chased by cows during a Night-O
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Representing NZ in Australia twice in 2015 and 2017, and spectating WOC in Scotland in 2015
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Beast Joe Lynch
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Pizza
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: A clean race at full speed, meet new people and race some wild competition
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: The desire to have a perfect race with no errors at full speed

Joseph Lynch

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Most likely sleeping in my chemistry lecture
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Visit Antarctica, go to Iceland, but most importantly become sponsored by Str8
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Be a travelling photographer
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: Straight is great
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Losing the lead in Aus Champs Relay for Stephen and Kurtis on the very last leg
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Senior boys danger-swigging our way to win the Aus Schools 2017 Relay
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: The legendary Kurtis Shuker, splits and singlets all the way
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Love me some curry on a cold day
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: D-Money’s banging remixes and a chance to race some of the Scandis
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: All that sweet sweet prize money orienteering is known for

Max Griffiths

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Sitting confused through a math lecture wishing I was out running
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Visit every continent, go scuba diving, finish the Coast2Coast 1-day competition
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Continue living life and loving to travel, but always in business class
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: There’s no harm in ever asking for something, the worse that can happen is they’ll say no, and you’ll be the same as if you never asked
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Finishing Oceania Schools Middle, with a TV camera capturing the whole thing
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Putting on NZ gear and orienteering for the first time for NZ
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Matt Ogden
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Nacho’s
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: The experience of top level junior world orienteering and representing my country on a world stage
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: The experiences and opportunities it opens up

Will Tidswell

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Sitting in class, solving maths problems
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: I don’t have a bucket list currently however, probably; 1) Go into SPACE, 2) Travel all around the world, 3) Attend JWOC
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Complete my bucket list
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: Don’t let small-term things get in the way of long-term goals
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Being too dehydrated in a competition and having to walk the rest of the course
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Being selected for JWOC
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Jenna
  • What food really gets you Hungary: The classic banana
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: The experience and running the best race I can possibly run
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: I want to challenge myself and be the best that I can be, which means trying to succeed in everything I do

Devon Beckman (Coach)

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Probably going across the road to get a coffee
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Ride the Alps, Pyrenees, French Riviera and Flandrian Cobbles; own property in more than one country (and still eat avo on toast); co-organize a Sprint the Bay in Europe
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Organize the best events in the world
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: “Always be on your toes like a midget in a urinal” – Duncan Morrison
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: JWOC 2017 Long Distance.  Literally don’t remember the last 30 mins of the race
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Stage 5 – SOW 2016.  Running on the top of a mountain, in a thunderstorm, slicing my leg open and abandoning race with my leg soaked in blood. But the views were sick and the Swiss painkillers were epic
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Thierry (washed up elite turned national team coach)
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Coffee
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: Living vicariously through the athletes
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success: Overwhelming pressure from friends and family

 


Karen Beckman (Manager)

  • If we were to meet you at 12:30 on a Thursday, what would you be doing: Day off work, lunch/coffee after long walk with my dog Gus
  • What are the top 3 things on your bucket list: Go to the Olympics as a spectator; Paris 2024, Intrepid Travel; South America, learn another language – by living in another country.
  • If you didn’t need money, what would you do: Create a non-profit organisation & definitely always travel first class
  • What is the best piece of advice someone has ever given you: Life is short, time is fast, no replay, no rewind, so enjoy
  • What is your worst Orienteering memory: Orienteering at Osgiliath, it was so green & I was out of my depth, felt like I was in Lord of the Rings and Gollum was going to jump out.  Finished the course though.
  • What is your best Orienteering memory: Best memories is watching any of my family compete in this sport that has given our family great opportunities/experiences.
  • What Orienteer do you most relate to: Definitely the nicest Orienteer: Swiss Simone Niggli-Luder, she is pretty good at Orienteering too.
  • What food really gets you Hungary: Thai food
  • What are you most Hungary for at JWOC: Surviving the JWOC party
  • What drives your Hungar(y) for success:  Tomorrow
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