Apologies for the late production of this HP News – although orienteering activity has been somewhat scarce during November there has been a lot going on behind the scenes. This includes putting together as far as possible details of training camps in the first half of the year, organizing dates for trials for various teams, and an entertaining weekend of having various members of the HP Squads test running courses for WMOC2017 in Woodhill Forest.
As published on the ONZ Website the expressions of interest, with details of trials, are invited for the teams for WOC, JWOC and the ANZ Schools Test Match.
The World Orienteering Championships for 2017 will be held in Otepää, Estonia, 30 June – 8 July 2017.
As per the Orienteering NZ G1 Selection Policy.
The 2017 WOC Team will be held based on the following selection events:
Primary Selection event
Oceania Championships, Auckland 14-17 April 2017
Only performances in the three individual events will be taken into consideration for selection.
Overseas-based athletes who are unable to return to New Zealand for these events should nominate in advance up to 3 suitable events, of at least WRE status, to be taken into consideration between 1 March and 17 April 2017.
All orienteers interested in selection for the 2017 WOC team shall notify their interest, year of birth, and cell phone number to the Convenor of Selectors Al Cory-Wright (email@example.com) by 1 February 2017.
Note that from 2017 Orienteering New Zealand has set a standard Athlete Contribution fee for teams selected for major events. For WOC 2017 this fee will include a NZ$500 deposit to be paid prior to WOC and a final payment upon confirmation of costs post-WOC. Team competition include accommodation and travel during the WOC competition; Team Staff travel, accommodation and accreditation costs; training maps, etc. It does not include international airfares to/from New Zealand or elsewhere to the competition or pre-WOC training camp costs.
Payment of the Athlete Contribution Fee deposit must be made no later than 1 June 2017.
The Junior World Orienteering Championships for 2017 will be held in Finland 9-16 July 2017
The trials will be held in the Wellington region on the weekend of 25-26 March 2017.
Trial races will consist of a Sprint distance, a Middle distance and a Long distance. The Sprint and Middle distance races will be held within 20km of central Wellington on Saturday. The Long distance race will be close to Levin on Sunday. These events will be held in conjunction with trials for the ANZ Schools Test Match team (see separate notice) Athletes may be selected for both the JWOC team and the ANZ Test Match team for the competition to be held in Rotorua 19-20 April 2017. However JWOC team members will not be considered for selection in the New Zealand team for the Southern Cross Challenge to be held in Australia in September 2017.
The following existing orienteering areas are embargoed from the date of the this notice until the events have been held:
- Whitireia Polytechnecis campus
- Waitarere Forest to the south of Waitarere Beach township
All orienteers interested in selection for the 2017 JWOC team must register their interest, year of birth, and cell phone number to the Convenor of Selectors Al Cory-Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15 January 2017.
Athlete Contribution Fee
For JWOC 2017 this fee will be NZ$1700 and includes team competition costs such as accommodation and travel during the JWOC competition and pre-JWOC camp; Team Staff travel, accommodation and accreditation costs; training maps, etc. Payment of the Athlete Contribution Fee must be made no later than 1 June 2017.
The ANZ Schools Test Match will be held in Rotorua on 19-20 April 2017.
The trials for both Junior and Senior Test teams will be held in the Wellington region on the weekend of 25-26 March 2017.
Trial races will consist of a Sprint distance, a Middle distance and a Long distance. The Sprint and Middle distance races will be held within 20km of central Wellington on Saturday. The Long distance race will be close to Levin on Sunday. These events will be held in conjunction with trials for the JWOC team (see separate notice) Athletes may be selected for both the ANZ Test Match team and the JWOC team.
The following existing orienteering areas are embargoed from the date of this notice until the events have been held:
- Whitireia Polytechnic campus
- Waitarere Forest to the south of Waitarere Beach township
All orienteers interested in selection for the 2017 ANZ Schools Test team must register their interest, year of birth, and cell phone number to the Convenor of Selectors Steve Oram (email@example.com) by 15 January 2017.
World Games 2017
As reported previously NZL has been invited to send a team of 2 men and 2 women to the World Games to be held in Wroclaw, Poland from 25-27 July next year. The World Games, held every 4 years, are essentially the Olympics for non-Olympic sports and there are three orienteering races at the games – a sprint, a middle distance and a mixed relay. Entry is limited to 40 men and 40 women making it probably the most exclusive elite field that there is.
Selection criteria for the World Games are still to be decided but named entries have to be submitted by 31 march 2017 and can only thereafter be changed due to injury or illness.
HP Training Camp
The HP Camp for 2017 will be held following the Waikaia O Weekend at Waitangi Weekend. After the third day of competition athletes will travel to Alexandra where we will be based for 3 days of training (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday) using Butcher’s Dam, Naseby and local Alexandra areas mapped by Joe Sherriff. On Thursday afternoon we will move to Wanaka for 2 further days using maps from SOW2016. Lizzie Inghamhas agreed to help co-ordinate training exercises.
At this stage, given that it will still be peak holiday season in Central Otago, it is likely that we will be camping at both Alexandra and Wanaka, but a minivan is in the process of being booked to aid with transport. This will include transport from Queenstown (Day 1 of WOW) to Waikaia, returning to Queenstown at the end of the camp. A separate follow-up notice is being sent to National Squad members.
Wellington Regional Squad Weekend
For those either unable to go south in February, or wanting additional training, the Wellington Regional Squad will be holding a 3 day camp over Wellington Anniversary Weekend (21-23 January) based in the Horowhenua. This is open to all HP athletes. If you are interested in attending then please email Malcolm Ingham (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Australian O Camp – December 2016
Short notice, but a group of about 30-40 Australian orienteers will be holding a camp based at Waitarere Beach from Sunday 11-Saturday 17 December (i.e. next week). Their programme includes
Sunday 11 – Osgiliath
Monday 12 – Waikawa
Tuesday 13 – Fusilier
Wednesday 14 – Prickly Sands/Waitarere Beach
Thursday 15 – Scotts Ferry/Mt Lees
Friday 16 – Scotts Ferry (camp champs)
Saturday 17 am – Walda (relay)
Wendy Read (manager of AUS at WOC) is the main organizer and has indicated that local orienteers are welcome to join in subject to availability of enough maps. Wendy will be staying at 155 Kahukura Avenue, Waitarere Beach and her phone number is +61409660880.
WMOC2017 Test Running
Several HP Squad members donated their time over the weekend of 26/27 November to test run courses for WMOC2017. Many thanks to Gene Beveridge, Renee Beveridge, Cameron de L’Isle, Kayla Fairbairn, Matt Goodall, Tommy Hayes, Matt Ogden, Jula Macmillan and Cameron Tier. Strictly following Health & Safety regulations they also took the opportunity to model the new proposed team NZL kit, as seen in the attached photo.
The 2017 SuperSeries will consist of four rounds.
Round 1: February 4-6 (Waitangi Weekend)- Queenstown and Waikaia (sprint, long, middle)
Round 2: March 25-26 (JWOC Trials) – Wellington (sprint, middle, long)
Round 3: April 14-16 (ONZ Champs) – Auckland (sprint, middle, long, relay)
Round 4: June 3-5 (Queen’s Birthday) – Christchurch (formats to be decided)