Three weeks into Level 1 and signs of orienteering life, at least in New Zealand, are starting to emerge. PAPO were first off the mark with an OY on 14 June attended by about 175 people. More local events have taken place around the country including Bay of Plenty, Palmerston North and Wellington. The Auckland O Series recommences this coming weekend while the Wellington OY Series will reboot on 19 July, and plans for the ONZ Champs and various Regional Champs evolve. Meanwhile the international calendar still remains in limbo. Catch-up here.
As reported last month the ONZ Championships will now take place at Labour Weekend. While the order of events still remains to be decided. Things are complicated a little by Freyberg High School re-scheduling their major school production for the evenings leading up to Labour Weekend, meaning that holding the sprint on late Friday evening is probably not an option.
The weeks following Labour Weekend appear very much as the programme did for many years in the 1990’s with Regional Championships spaced at regular intervals. First up is the Auckland Champs, hosted by Counties over the weekend of 7/8 November. This will take in a sprint in Pukekohe, a middle near Waiuku, and make a return to Plantation near Maramarua for a long distance. The following weekend PAPO will host the SI/Canterbury Champs, probably using maps in both the foothills and on the coast. The Wellington Champs is planned for the final weekend of November (28/29) with a middle distance on the existing Scotts Ferry map (which has no overlap with the ONZ Champs long map!), and a long distance on a completely re-mapped and extended Hydrabad at Waitarere Beach.
This series of events would provide an excellent lead in to Oceania in January 2021, but the future of that event remains in doubt as recent events in Victoria indicate that the border with Australia may not be open in time for the event to be feasible. Nevertheless, PAPO have announced that, Oceania or not, there will be events in January in the South Island.
Also in the stages of draft planning is a series of sprints at Waitangi weekend (a long weekend in 2021) in the Manawatu-Wanganui region. It is hoped that, as this year, this will include a KO sprint for at least the elites, but possibly others as well.
Given the list of events above it is now possible to (almost) confirm the re-structure of the NOL for 2020. On the, hopefully valid, assumption that most athletes will attend the ONZ Champs at Labour Weekend, given that the late October-November time period tends to coincide with both university and school exams periods, the series has been put together to maximize participation from all regions. Thus all three of the Regional Championships, plus the ultralong being offered by Canterbury University OC in early September, have been included. Along with the KO sprint from January this gives 12 individual events of which 7 will count. The series therefore looks as below.
Jan: Lonely Mountain Sprint KO Sprint
Sep. 5 (Sat): CUOC Ultralong – Craigieburn (Long)
Oct. 24-26: ONZ Champs – Manawatu (Sprint, Middle, Long)
Nov. 7-8: Auckland Champs – Counties (Sprint, Middle, Long)
Nov. 14-15: Canterbury/SI Champs – (Middle/Long, Middle/Long)
Nov. 28-29: Central (Wellington) Champs – (Middle, Long)
As it is now nearly 6 months since what was the first event, here is a reminder of the leading positions and points after the KO sprint in Taranaki.
M21E: 1. Joseph Lynch (PP) 100, 2. Toby Scott (AK) 80, 3. Cameron de l’Isle (NW) 60, 4. Tommy Hayes (AK) 50, 5. Calum Sutherland (TK) 45, 6. Oliver Egan (PP) 40
W21E: 1. Laura Robertson (HV) 100, 2. Penelope Salmon (AK) 80, 3. Lizzie Ingham (WN) 60, 4. Kaia Joergensen (PP) 50, 5. Jenna Tidswell (HB) 45, 6. Kayla Fairbairn (NW) 40.
M20E: 1. Will Tidswell (HB) 100, 2. Liam Thompson (AK) 80, 3. Liam Stolberger (NW) 60, 4. Patrick Hayes (AK) 50, 5. Cameron Bonar (NW) 45, 6. Ronan Lee (HB) 40.
W20E: 1. Penelope Salmon (AK) 100, 2. Kaia Joergensen (PP) 80, 3. Jenna Tidswell (HB) 60, 4. Tessa Burns (HB) 50, 5. Zara Stewart (AK) 45, 6. Jessica Sewell (NW) 40.
The May HP News reported that, with the cancellation of sprint WOC2020 in Denmark, attempts to add a sprint to the programme for Czech Republic in 2021 had been unsuccessful. As has so much recently, that has now all changed at short notice and WOC2021 will now include both an individual sprint and a sprint relay in addition to the 3 forest races. The world will, however, have to wait until 2022 for the first World Championship KO sprint.
One thing that has not changed is the continual delay in deciding the fate of JWOC2020 in Turkey. The date for a decision on this has now been pushed back to August.
One of the competitions that has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic is the World Games. This was originally scheduled for 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama, but has since been put back to July 2022. The World Games has places for only 40 men and 40 women with specific countries being invited to enter teams. Selection for the races, which are an individual sprint, a sprint relay and a middle distance, are based on previous international results, generally at the preceding World Championships. With the disruption to the World Champs programme the specific qualification rules have been amended as follows.
1. The USA, as the hosting Federation shall have the right to enter 2 (men) + 2 (women) runners.
2. The 11 best nations, USA excluded, in the rankings made up from the following 3 results, shall have the right to enter up to 2 + 2 runners:
• World Orienteering Championships 2021, Sprint competition (3rd July 2021)
• World Orienteering Championships 2021, Sprint Relay competition (4th July 2021)
• World Orienteering Championships 2021, Middle Distance competition (6th July 2021)
These are based on the award of points determined by finishing position using the same formula as used for World Cup races (and our own NOL).
3. The World Orienteering Championships 2021 Relay competition (8th July 2021) results are used to select one extra Federation, for each Region (Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America) that stages a Regional Championships.
4. The 2021 World Champions in Sprint, Middle Distance and Long Distance shall have a personal place in addition to their Federation’s allocation.
5. The IOF is authorised to allocate the remaining places up to the total of 40 + 40 runners.
6. As a principle, the list for the remaining places stated in the above and 5+5 reserves will be based upon the results from the World Orienteering Championships 2021 and the World Cup 2021, Round 1 individual competitions.
Thus, WOC2021, now with the addition of a sprint and sprint relay to its programme, will be crucial in determining if NZL can continue its run of having been the Oceania representatives for the last several World Games.
Various High Performance training camps planned for the first half of the year were also victims of Covid-19. Camps have generally been scheduled for the first half of the year in the lead up to WOC and JWOC. With these events no longer providing an immediate focus, and with the later part of the year now starting to be filled, it is likely that the next full HP camp will in fact be the Under-23 Camp in December. This will be based in Nelson from 6-11 December and will precede the annual Junior Camp in the same location.