HP News #73 – January 2021
By Malcolm Ingham - Sun 31 Jan 2021 2:43pm

Welcome to the 7th year of HP News – not something actually anticipated all those years ago. Hopefully it continues to provide a useful service even, at times like these. Most pertinent this month, at least to me, is the announcement that, thanks to the agreement of Auckland OC, a Knock Out Sprint will be added to the programme at the ONZ Champs at Easter. There are also a couple of interesting items from IOF in what promises, at least from the NZL perspective with continued border closures, to be a reduced international season.

Malcolm Ingham

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Southern O Week 2021

A large number of orienteers from both islands enjoyed a relatively low key Southern O Week successfully mounted by a combination of Marlborough, Nelson and PAPO clubs. There were no grades and no allocated start times with courses simply labelled as Red Long, Red Medium etc. races varied between sprint, middle and long with a chasing start for the second race on day 5 and a couple of mass starts thrown in as well. The Red Long course saw most of the elite/junior elite action with Matt Ogden, Joseph Lynch and Tommy Hayes the prominent men for the few days in Marlborough, and Cameron de L’Isle and Chris Forne generally heading the field in Christhchurch. Lizzie Ingham was untouchable among the women and ran the men very close on several days. Kaia Joergensen was also outstanding, finishing in the top 3 women in all but one race, while Penelope Salmon, before getting injured, and Emily Hayes also produced some good results.

Day 1: Marlborough Girls College Sprint

Men: 1. Matt Ogden (NL) 10:16, 2. Joseph Lynch (PP) 11:03, 3. Tommy Hayes (AK) 11:39.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham(TK) 12:28, 2. Penelope Salmon (AK) 13:08, 3. Kaia Joergesen (PP) 13:36.

Day 1: Brayshaw Park Sprint

Men: 1. Matt Ogden 9:54, 2. Tommy Hayes 10:42, 3. Ryan Moore (PP) 11:31.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham12:11, 2. . Kaia Joergensen 12:58, 3. Emily Hayes (AK) 13:55.

Day 2: Weld Cone Middle

Men: 1. Matt Ogden 39:51, 2. Tommy Hayes 45:09, 3. Joseph Lynch 47:13

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham 49:37, 2. Sara Prince (PP) 1:02;06, 3. Kaia Joergensen 1:04:49.

Day 3: Kairaki Middle

Men: 1. Chris Forne (PP) 44:53, 2. Dougal Shepherd (PP) 46:24, 3. Simon Jager (AK) 47:03.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham 46:12, 2. Sara Prince (PP) 55:30, 3. Kaia Joergensen 56:18.

Day 4: Le Bons Bay Sprint

Men: 1. Chris Forne 17:10, 2. Fergus O’Neill (PP) 17:18, 3=. Ryan Moore 18:10, 3=. Simon Jager 18:10.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham 18:59, 2. Sara Prince 22:15, 3. Katherine Babington (PP) 22:18.

Day 4: Akaroa Sprint

Men: 1. Chris Forne 16:22, 2. Cameron de L’Isle (NW) 16:49, 3. Daniel Monckton (NW) 16:59.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham 18:00, 2. Kaia Joergensen 20:30, 3. Phoebe Hunt (PP) 22:50.

Day 5: Ara Sprint

Men: 1. Cameron de L’Isle 14:38, 2. Chris Forne 15:38, 3. Alex Monckton (NW) 16:09.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham 16;46, 2. Emily Hayes 19:18, 3. Kaia Joergensen 19:20.

Day 5: Spencer Park Sprint

Men: 1. Daniel Monckton 15:34, 2. Fergus O’Neill 15:39, 3. Cameron de L’isle 15:58.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham17:02, 2. Kaia Joergensen 20:55, 3. Anna Babington (PP) 20:57.

Day 6: Spencer Park Long

Men: 1. Cameron de L’Isle 47:10, 2. Daniel Monckton 51;21, 3. Dougal Shepherd 52:08.

Women: 1. Lizzie Ingham 58:22, 2. Kaia Joergensen 1:03;57, 3. Tessa Ramsden (RK) 1;10:29.

Knock Out Sprint – Tuesday April 6

Auckland Orienteering Club have agreed to help stage a knock out sprint on Easter Tuesday 6 April, the day after the ONZ Relay. Full details about entry will be posted on the ONZ web site in due course but, to allow travel plans for easer to be made, the main details are as follows.

* The venue(s) will be in Auckland

*There will be no qualification heats only KO quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

* This means that the field will be limited to 36 men and 36 women.

* Priority for entry will be given, in order, to (1) National Senior and Junior Squad members, (2) other M/W21s and M/W20s; (3) M/W18s and M/W35s, (4) M/W16s and M/W40s, (5) others.

* Acceptance of entries will be confirmed only after the closing date.

* There will be plate and bowl competitions for those knocked out at QF and SF stages so that all runners will get 3 races.

* There will be live tracking of at least the final.

* There will be a single public sprint for all others.

National O League 2021 – Riverhead Orienteering Weekend

The first round of the NOL for 2021 will be in Riverhead Forest, Auckland on the first weekend in March. This consists of middle and long distance races in what is described as “World class terrain, only a 10 minute drive from Albany. A brand new map, never used before. Low visibility gully spur with areas of subtle detail…”. Pre-entry is recommended using EnterO (www.entero.co.nz).

Additionally on he NOL, with the KO Sprint at Easter there will now be an extra race in the NOL for 2021. The programme therefore now reads as follows.

Round 1: 6/7 March – middle and long distances races –  Riverhead Forest, Auckland

Round 2: 2-6 April – sprint, middle, long distance, KO sprint races – ONZ Champs, Auckland

Round 3: 24-26 April – sprint, middle, long distance races – Southern Champs, Alexandra

Round 4: 5-7 June – races to be decided – QB 3-day, Canterbury

Round 5: 23-25 October – sprint, middle, long distance races – Bay of Plenty

Of the, now 15 races in the NOL, the best 10 scores will count.

As reported last month there is continuing discussion with Orienteering Australia on the possibility of a joint Australia/New Zealand O League at elite and junior elite levels over 2021/22.

HP Camp 6-9 February

The first HP Camp of 2021 is being organized by Matt Ogden and will take place in the Horowhenua from 6-9 February (Waitangi Weekend). Anyone who has not yet signed up but is interested should contact Matt urgently ([email protected]).

IOF -WOC2021, World Games 2022

Following IOF’s announcement of the criteria under which a decision will be made if WOC2021 will go ahead in the ongoing pandemic, , a letter from ONZ to IOF appears to have prompted two decisions with important ramifications for Oceania.

One of the issues raised in the ONZ letter was that as non-European Federations such as NZL (and AUS) are unlikely to have full teams at WOC2021, it would disadvantage such countries if the normal system of promotion and relegation between WOC groups was applied. IOF Council have taken note of this and have made the decision that there will be no promotion/relegation following WOC2021. Thus, come WOC2023 NZL will retain its place in Group 2 for both men and women, irrespective of results in the Czech Republic.

WOC results are also generally used to decide which nation (AUS or NZL) will represent Oceania at the World Games. These are at present scheduled to be held in the USA in 2022. Again, with likely much reduced representation for both nations at WOC, it has been conceded that using WOC as the World Games qualification for Oceania does not make sense and an alternative system is being sought. One current suggestion is that elite results at Oceania in January 2022 may be used.

Selection Notice JWOC2021

The Junior World Orienteering Championships 2021 are scheduled to be held in Kocaeli, Turkey from 11-16 July 2021. In the present environment of the Covid-19 pandemic, although New Zealand intends to compete in this event, at this stage participation remains uncertain. However, despite this uncertainty ONZ is continuing with a selection process.

All athletes interested in selection for the 2021 JWOC team shall notify their interest, year of birth, and cell phone number to the Convenor of Selectors Al Cory-Wright ([email protected]) by 28 February 2021.

Selection Criteria

As per the Orienteering NZ G1 Selection Policy the 2021 JWOC team will be selected on the basis of:

  • the 2021 Orienteering New Zealand Championships, 2-5 April 2021
  • previous known form including performances at JWOC and other comparable international events

Athletes will be expected to:

  • have a structured training plan in place by 31 January 2021, and to work with a suitable coach/mentor to follow this.
  • demonstrate the technical ability and level of fitness required to finish in at least the top 50% of the field in at least one of the three individual races.

Information on the athlete contribution to JWOC2021 costs will be made available in due course.

Selection Notice WOC2021

The World Orienteering Championships 2021 is scheduled to be held in Doksky, Czech Republic from 6-9 July 2021, and will consist of an individual sprint, middle and long races, a forest relay and a sprint relay. In the present environment of the Covid-19 pandemic, although New Zealand intends to compete in this event, at this stage participation remains uncertain. However, despite this uncertainty ONZ is continuing with a selection process.

All athletes interested in selection for the 2021 WOC team shall notify their interest, year of birth, and cell phone number to the Convenor of Selectors Al Cory-Wright ([email protected]) by 28 February 2021.

Selection Criteria

As per the Orienteering NZ G1 Selection Policy the 2021 WOC team will be selected on the basis of:

For New Zealand based athletes:

  • the 2021 Orienteering New Zealand Championships, 2-5 April 2021
  • previous known form including performances at WOC and other comparable international events

For overseas based athletes:

  • up to 3 nominated World Ranking Events (WRE) at any date up to and including 18 April 2021
  • previous known form including performances at WOC and other comparable international events

Athletes will be expected to:

  • demonstrate the technical ability and level of fitness required to finish in at least the top 75% of the field in at least one of the KO and individual sprint races;

Information on the athlete contribution to WOC2021 costs will be made available in due course.

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