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2023 Southern Cross Challenge Selection Notice
By Christo Peters - Wed 19 Apr 2023 10:46pm

This year, two teams of equal ability will be selected to compete for the Southern Cross Trophy against the six Australian states and the Australian Capital Territory in the 2023 Australian Schools Championships. The event takes place near Perth, Western Australia, Australia between 30 September to 8 October 2023.

The schools championships is held as part of the Australian Championships carnival. The specific School’s championship events are:

  Sprint Championship – 3 October

  Individual Long Championship – 4 October

  Relay Championship – 5 October

Each of the two teams will be a maximum of 20 athletes in size; five in each of Senior Boys,

Senior Girls, Junior Boys and Junior Girls.  Senior grades have a birth year of 2007 or earlier.

Junior grades have a birth year of 2008 or later.

Selection Criteria

The team selection will be made in accordance with the Orienteering NZ Policy G1 –

Selection Policy and Appendix.  The 2023 New Zealand Secondary Schools Teams will be based on performances at the following event:

  King’s Birthday Weekend orienteering event hosted by Counties Manukau Orienteering Club in the Waikato, Saturday 03 June to Monday 05 June 2023

If you wish to be selected for the NZ Schools Team, you must race in either the Junior

Boys/Girls or Senior Boys/Girls ‘A’ grade at the King’s Birthday event in Waikato. Exceptions may be given to named members of the New Zealand Junior World Orienteering Championship team who contact the convenor of selectors prior to the selection races, who may compete in junior or senior elite grades.  

Junior: born 2008 or later.  Senior: born 2007 or earlier.

Availability for selection

It will be assumed all orienteers entered in Junior Boys/Girls or Senior Boys/Girls ‘A’ Grades

at the King’s Birthday event will be available for selection, so no nomination is necessary.

Athletes who are unable to travel or compete over King’s Birthday weekend (for example due to COVID, other illness, injury, or for religious reasons) and who still wish to be considered, or whose performances at the King’s Birthday event may result in their consideration for selection but who are not available for selection, should advise the Selector’s Junior Panel Convenor, Tessa Ramsden (tessamramsden@gmail.com) by Friday 02 June 2023. 


ONZ Policy means that ONZ covers the costs of officially appointed coaches and managers up to $10,000.

Athletes selected for the Southern Cross teams will be expected to fund their own costs to attend this trip.

Given the limited options for flights into Perth, ONZ has already secured airfares for athletes and management. Accommodation, transport, food and other costs will be communicated with the teams shortly after selection.

Announcement of Team

The Selectors plan to announce the team as soon as possible after the King’s Birthday

weekend trials and no later than 30 June 2023

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