As noted by Simon , I have recently been appointed as High Performance Leader. One of the first tasks that I need to undertake will be the development of a plan that, over the next 2 years, will help to take our leading athletes to the next level internationally, as well as ensure that the promising juniors coming through the ranks develop into our next generation of superstars. I would also like to include veteran (i.e. over-35) orienteers in this, to ensure that in future years not only will our successes at World Masters be continued, but that we can once again, unlike this time around, field full teams in the ANZ Challenge.
To these ends I will be proposing various ideas, but I would also like to canvas suggestions from anyone else out there who has thoughts on what our goals should be and how we might achieve them. I would welcome such thoughts by email ([email protected]).
Firstly, however, I would like to announce that the Super Series is to be resurrected in 2015. This will take place in the February to June window which is the most appropriate time in terms of preparation for mid-year international competition. For Seniors (M21E/W21E) and Juniors (M20/W20) the proposed timetable of events is as follows.
Round 1: Tour de Peninsula (PAPO)
Fri 6 Feb Ferrymead (Sprint)
Sat 7 Feb Diamond Harbour (Sprint)
Sun 8 Feb Lincoln University (Sprint)
Round 2: JWOC Trails Weekend (WOC)
Sat/Sun 21/22 Mar (Sprint/Middle/Long)
Round 3: NZOF Champs Weekend (CMOC)
Fri-Sun 3-5 Apr (Sprint/Middle/Long)
Round 4: Canterbury “Retro” Champs Weekend (PAPO)
Sat/Sun 9/10 May (Long/Long)
Round 5: Queens Birthday Weekend (NWOC)
Sat-Mon 30 May-1 Jun (Multiday/Middle/Multiday)
At this stage the intention is that either 9 or10 events out of the 14 will count, with no more than 4 sprints being allowed in the total. There will, however, be a separate sprint title.
I am also looking at a veteran Super Series but this will necessarily need to have a different structure and be able to cope with 5 and 10 year age grades. More details will come later.