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By Joolz - Sun 10 Jul 2022 7:43pm

We are about to start JWOC, and due to lack of access to forest the event aligns with WOC as it looks to be a sprint only event. Good luck! Here are the full athlete profiles:

Katherine Babington

Occupation: Full time procrastinator

A bit about you: Apart from orienteering, I also have played football for around 7 years and do climbing, adventure racing and tramping, as well as other outdoorsy things. 

How would you describe yourself in one word? Why? Indecisive? I don’t actually know I can’t decide on one word. 

What age you started orienteering? I started orienteering in around year 5 or 6 (age 10/11) at Mt Pleasant School with Felix and some others when Christina and the Cory-Wrights ran some orienteering training there. 

Map you want to run on Anywhere overseas 🙂

Most exciting/memorable O event: Probably the first junior junior o camp I went on. 

Worst memory of an O event: A day orienteering is never a bad day but maybe the freezing cold and wet conditions throughout the whole course planning, control putting out and running of the Montgomery Spur OY earlier this year. 

Hot tip for upcoming young orienteers: You never know what will happen. At the start of the year I still barely believed I had a chance of making the jwoc team so just keep trying and taking any opportunities you have. 

What are your best results in orienteering this year: Probably 2nd at JWOC trials long and nationals middle as well as third at the NOceania’s long. 

Have you represented NZ before? No I haven’t. I was selected for the schools team in 2020 but we didn’t get to travel and I missed out on the team last year. 

What sort of training have you been doing in the lead-up to JWOC I’ve been trying to do lots of running training as always and trying to balance that with three football trainings and two games a week. I have also been trying to do more at home map work with the resources Briana provides us with. 

What is your favourite training session? Slow hill runs or nav training

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Obviously, You and Me (Orienteering)\; but probably more realistically ‘Lost’ by Frank Ocean

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Iced Animals (do they even have those in Portugal??)

What is your best orienteering memory? All the O Camps that I have been on

What is your worst orienteering memory? Not making the Schools Team lastyear

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? My sister

How did you get your best scratch or scar? I don’t have many good scars or I can’t remember how I got them, but probably when coasteering/rock hopping and I mis stepped and grated my shin down a barnacle covered rock.

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? It would have been a pro orienteer, if I had known what orienteering was… currently, I have no idea.

What you are most looking forward to? Everything! I am so excited to go orienteering overseas for the first time and spend time with everyone on the team. Also looking forward to travelling and experiencing Hungary and Portugal and meeting orienteers from other countries. 

Rachel Baker 

Occupation: Prisoner at Wellington Girls College 

What age did you start orienteering? Since I was 1 

A bit about you: I enjoy being active and hanging out with my friends. I love playing hockey, running and coaching multiple different sports. 

What are your best results in orienteering this year? 1st at the Nationals Middle, 2nd at the Nationals Long and 3rd in the JWOC trials Middle and Long.

Have you represented NZ before? Nope, this will be my first time running for new Zealand

Map you want to run on: Marlow Common, where a WOC Champion was trained up on.

Most exciting/memorable O event: After doing a running training over the summer, I was absolutely stoked to come 3rd at the JWOC trials in the Middle. I felt fit while running through the forest and was able to navigate while doing so.

What sort of training have you been doing in the lead-up to JWOC: Lots of intervals and cross country training, and a few trainings in the sand dune forests north of Wellington.

Worst memory of an O event Being handed to the 3rd leg of the junior relay in 1st place, and ending up in 2nd two years in a row. I was in a family team with my brothers so have never lived that down.

What is your favourite training session? They’re all horrible, but running with my school crosscountry group makes it enjoyable, unless it’s 1500’s. 

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Mum says if you’ve got a song stuck in your head you should be reading your map more and running faster. 

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Mandarins and oranges What is your best orienteering memory? Being absolutely stoked after runningwell at the JWOC trials, feeling quite fit after doing cross country training over the summer.

What is your worst orienteering memory? Being handed the 3rd leg of the family junior relay in 1st, and ending up in 2nd two years in a row, and never living it down from my brothers. 

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Kaia after she wins the JWOC 2022 long (no pressure Kaia) 

How did you get your best scratch or scar? My scar on my forehead after having a boxing match with a table 

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? A teacher untilI realised how annoying kids are, now I want to be an engineer following thestandard NZ orienteering life style down at canterbury.

What you are most looking forward to? It will be my first time orienteering overseas, so I’m hyped for the experience of running on some awesome maps against some super strong competitors.

Cameron Bonar 

Occupation: A jeweller. Because Diamond’s are made under pressure

Age I started orienteering  Year 7 through my school, started in a club in year 8

Bit about me  I’m a uni student who loves to cram as many things into one week as possible, whether this is activities such as surfing, tramping, climbing or playing a bit of volley, or just chilling on the coach after a long day studying watching a bit of Game of Thrones with the flatties. My favourite music has got to be a bit of DnB to hype up the boys before a night out. A favourite pastime of mine is drip feeding my flat mates riddles that they can’t figure out over a couple weeks. 

Best orienteering results this year Too many 4ths for one man, JWOC trials middle, Nationals sprint and long. Plus a 2nd in the Nationals relay courtesy of Gene and Heidi.

Represented NZ before? Yes multiple Aussie trips years 10 – 12. Unfortunately some trips cut short due to covid.

Map I want to run  Any old JWOC map, after following the races online would be awesome to go run those areas myself.  

Best O memory   Coming into the finish of the 2020 NISSC thinking I heard the loud speaker wrong coming to learn that I had beaten my best mate Will Tidwell for the first time in 5ish years. Also can’t forget your first international race; Aussie, Bathurst, sprint race in 30+ degrees heat. 

JWOC training   Training has been a bit all over the show trying to fit uni and other hobbies in. Just been trying to run every opportunity possible. Training varies from long terrain runs to short interval sessions and of course getting in that map time.

Worst memory Bathurst long distance getting lost on a control for 40+ mins, to find out I was within 100 metres of the control for over half the time.

Best O story   All the best O memories come from Aussie trips and Junior camps. One of the more iconic moments includes rocking up to the first Bathurst sprint playing Poi E or eating pizza up the ChCh gondola during a rogaine. 

What is your favourite training session? UCOCs own president Dougal Shepard’ sterrain interval sessions

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? DnB, just Rollers

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Will Tidwell

What is your best orienteering memory? Rocking up to my first Aussie champs playing Poi E with the team

What is your worst orienteering memory? Not being able to run camp champs after being hunted down by Paul

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? A trio of Simona Aebersold, Hanna Lundberg and Will Tidswell

How did you get your best scratch or scar? My coach abused me for lack of organisation

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Pro-orienteerer. Below average orienteer!

Most looking forward to   Winning JWOC then letting loose at Event 6 

Tessa Burns

Occupation: Engineering Student / Pub barmaid 

What age I started orienteering: Around age 8/9

A bit about me:I play football competitively, I enjoy playing guitar and going on walks and adventures with my friends. I adore greek/Mediterranean food cooked specifically by my mother. 

Best results in orienteering this year: Winning the junior elites long distance and placing second at NZOC 

Map you want to run on: World cup sprint maps in China from a couple years ago 

Most exciting O event: Definitely the entirety of O-ringen, completely new experience as a 16 year old abroad

Worst O memory: Losing my map midcourse and struggling to find my way back to the event centre

Best O story: Hands down watching Ronan run into a tree

What is your favourite training session? Specifically the water breaks between 200,400,600,800m sprint intervals 

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Power – Kanye West 

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Chocolate covered almonds specifically white chocolate with raspberry dusting 

What is your best orienteering memory? Watching someone run into a tree 

What is your worst orienteering memory? Getting chased by a baby goat 

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Bob Ross

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Fell into a ravine 

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Neurosurgeon- now it is to be a biochemical engineer

What I am looking forward to: Running on the terrain especially for long distance on the hills and within the rocks

Zefa Fa’avae

Occupation: Student 

What age you started orienteering? I started at the Nelson club when I was about 5-years old. 

A bit about you: I like lots of adventure sports. I ski in the winter, rock climb and kite board in the summer. Our family does lots of tramping and adventure trips to. I like whitewater kayaking too. 

What are your best results in orienteering this year: 1st places in the Nationals in Nelson in U20, middle and long, and good races at the JWOC trials in March. 

Have you represented NZ before? Yes, at the secondary school races in Australia.  

Map you want to run on: The map for the JWOC 2021 middle final in Turkey looks cool.

Most exciting/memorable O event: Nelson nationals at Canaan was really good, I liked racing in Australia to on the different maps. 

Worst memory of an O event: At an event in Marlborough, I had a big spike go into my eye and another into my leg when bush bashing, I had to go to hospital to have the spine from my leg surgically removed.  

What’s your best O story: I really like orienteering racing, but I enjoy hanging out with all my friends at the events and the places we get to explore. 

What sort of training have you been doing in the lead-up to JWOC:  I have been training regularly with the Motueka High School adventure racing team, and doing my own runs. I have had some xc races too. There are a few rogaines coming up and we did a big adventure trip at Stewart Island in the holidays after Nationals. 

What is your favourite training session? 5k run 

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Gas 

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? IcedAnimals 

What is your best orienteering memory? Running in Australia in the heat 

What is your worst orienteering memory? Miss punching seven events in a row 

Which orienteering / life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Matt Ogden 

How did you get your best scratch or scar? A stick went into my leg 

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Lego designer, still is! 

What you are looking forward to? The new terrain and maps, racing against the best Juniors in the world. 

Felix Hunt

Occupation: Professional Rogaine control putter-outer

What age you started orienteering? About 10 or 11

Bit about me: Orienteering is #1 and then I do a bit of everything on the side. I play guitar, drums and piano. I like rock climbing, football and adventure racing. 

What are your best results in O this year? Clean sweep at QB M20E which was pretty epic

Prior NZ representation: Yes, in the NZSS team. 

Map you want to run on: One of those massive Scandinavian maps

Most exciting/memorable O event? National Secondary School relay 2021 – got a fat win with the SBOC lads. 

Worst memory of an O event: Mis-punching the Ozzie schools relay and throwing away the silver medal. 

Best advice: Always punch before you drink at a refreshment control

What sort of training have you been doing leading up to JWOC? Catching features every day, running most days, and orienteering any time I get the chance. 

What is your favourite training session? 5 minute catching features reps with 2 minute rests plus 5 minute full finger workouts before and after.

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Mountains – Hans Zimmer (Will says Hans Zimmer is good for focus)

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Creamed rice.

What is your best orienteering memory? Chris Forne becoming the rave king at this year’s nationals.

What is your worst orienteering memory? The traditional NZSS initiation in Australia. The seniors forced us poor juniors to eat five weetabix with chilli sauce as fast as we could. Then drink a mix of milk, vinegar, and for some reason, chives before spinning in circles. Don’t worry Jenni, we were fine.

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Gustav Bergman

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Falling over walking up the Bridle Path in a virtual rogaine.

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Explorer in primary school (but I was sad there were no more places to explore). Now I want to be a pro catching features player (pretty sure it’s a thing right?)

What are you looking forward to? JWOC, JWOC and JWOC

Kaia Jorgensen

Occupation: Student 

What age you started orienteering? I was introduced to orienteering when I was very young and my parents did courses with me as soon as I was able to walk on my own. 

A bit about you: Other than orienteering I enjoy playing hockey and competing in adventure racing with my team. My favourite food is my Nanna’s ginger crunch!

What are your best results in orienteering this year? I think the orienteering result that I am most proud of this year is my middle distance run at Not the Oceania where I came second.  

Have you represented NZ before?I represented New Zealand at the 2019 JWOC in Denmark and was also in the 2018 and 2019 New Zealand Schools teams that travelled to Australia. 

Map you want to run on: I am really excited to run on the Portugal maps! I think that they will be a great test of my navigational skills with all the intricate rock details and look super fun. 

Most exciting/memorable O event: My most memorable O event was probably going to O-Ringen with my friends and family in 2019. It was really exciting because of the awesome terrain and the sheer number of people at the event: both of which really inspired me. 

Worst memory of an O event I misjudged while jumping a fence, the barbed wire caught and hung me by the back of my o-pants. When I got up the whole back of my pants was gone! I was not happy when I ran down the finish shoot especially when I saw my best friend’s grandparents, standing and cheering me on. So embarrassing! 

What’s your best O story I once saw a moose while I was orienteering! It was epic!

What sort of training have you been doing in the lead-up to JWOC I have mostly been doing hill runs and intervals so I can be strong on the Portugal hills.
What is your favourite training session? Adventures in the hills 

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Another one bites the dust by Queen 

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Danish pastries! I can’t wait! 

What is your best orienteering memory? EYOC 2019 

What is your worst orienteering memory? National Relay 2019. It was my first relay in the senior grade and I mispunched. Whoops sorry Tim! 

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall?Tove Alexandersson 

How did you get your best scratch or scar? I fell over 

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Singer and a scientist

What are you looking forward to? I’m looking forward to racing against some of the top names in the world and enjoying some international orienteering again!

Fergus O’Neill

Occupation: Student 

About me: I enjoy getting outdoors through orienteering, mountain biking, adventure racing and tramping. Currently studying Engineering at University of Canterbury. Don’t mind a tinker on the piano as well.

Best O results this year: 3rd place at NZ champs Long M20E, 3rd in queen’s birthday second middle, and 3rd in JWOC trials Long.

Represented NZ before: I was selected for the NZ schools team and the paper JWOC team last year, but sadly didn’t get to compete any of these due to covid.

Map you want to run: Mostly excited to run on new terrain that is different to New Zealand! The Aguiar da Beira maps with lots of bare rock and fast forest look fun to run on.

Most exciting/memorable O event: Two events spring to mind, NZOC 2021 and NZ secondary school champs 2021. Surprised myself with some decent results for my first time in M20E at NZOC 2021 on some new maps for me. NZSS champs I managed to podium in sprint, win the long and after throwing up the night before win the relay with my mates!

Worst memory of an O event: Queen’s birthday 2018, had two ten minute controls in a row not reading tag lines looking for a hill when I was meant to be looking for depressions.

Best O story: At TWALK this year we had to be at the busses at Uni by 7:15. However, I slept through my alarm and woke up at 8:00 to my teammates banging on my door and just making it to the busses with a couple of minutes to spare. Quite embarrassing

Training: Lots more running, including speedwork, many training maps put on by JWOC coach Briana Steven, UCOC training and a 21.5 hour rogaine (TWALK).

What is your favourite training session? Long hill run 

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? The Chain, Fleetwood mac 

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Choccy milk

What is your best orienteering memory? Winning schools nationals 2021 

What is your worst orienteering memory? Not being able to read tag lines and getting lost looking for a hill instead of a depression. Got some help then did the same thing on the next control. 

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Kasper Fosser 

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Went to kick a football, kicked someone’s leg and they kicked mine. Still got a bump in my leg 8 years later. 

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Dream in primary school would have been pro mountain biker, now Engineer. 

What are looking forwards to: Running against some speedy euro orienteers and getting to experience Europe for the first time.

Ryan Moore

Occupation: Pro crastinator 

What age did you start? Probably about 11 or 12 competitively

A bit about me: I’m keen for every outdoor activity, be it tramping, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding or trail running. If I’m not hanging out with mates at my uni hall then I’m probably listening to music. I’m also a big map nerd so I think I chose the right sport

Best orienteering results this year: 1st Not the Oceania sprint, 2nd Nationals sprint, although I still try to live the lie that I am a middle specialist.

Have you represented NZ before? Yes, NZ schools team since 2018

Map you want to run on? Lunsen (contour only version) – which will partially come true at Oringen this year!

Most exciting O event?  2018 Aus Middle Champs at Crooked straight. The excitement waiting at the start for that event was through the roof, although the anticipation of JWOC is already greater!

Worst memory of an orienteering event? Australian champs 2017, I was incredibly excited as it was my last proper chance of the year to win a race at a major event in my M14 grade. I had an amazing race and was looking strong to win. Only when I got to the second-last control and my sportident stopped punching did I come to the realisation that I had not cleared and checked. My race went out the window and I had a nice tantrum running into the finish.

Best O story? Ski Orienteering at Snow Farm, I was already pretty pissed off halfway around my course due to my inability to ski properly, but I looked down at my map and by the time I looked up I was already skiing off the groomer. The snow was pretty patchy off-piste and I immediately fell headfirst into a hole with only my legs  & skis flailing around in the air. Needless to say I was mad, although apparently it looked pretty funny…

What training have you been doing in the lead up to JWOC? Mostly speed workouts, jamming the 400s and 1k intervals. Unfortunately not much nav but Portugal terrain is very different to NZ anyway!

What is your favourite training session? Mcleans Island 8×3:00 terrain reps(shoutout @southerlystorm) 

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Clique – Kanye West, Jay Z, Big Sean 

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Pastéis de Nata !

What is your best orienteering memory? Going to JWOC (2022) 

What is your worst orienteering memory? Not going to JWOC (2021) 

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Will Tidswell 

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Forgetting to turn while riding the Bowenvale traverse and going for a wee slide in the gravel

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Then: orienteering mapper. Now: mapper but I get paid $80 an hour

What are you most looking forward to? Running on some completely different terrain, eating weird Portuguese snacks, winning the JWOC sprint and, of course, the iconic event 6.

Penelope Salmon

Occupation: Full time orienteer currently (woohoo) and a student in August

What age you started orienteering? 13

A bit about you: Favourite food would have to be a lemon sorbet I eat far too much when I’m travelling but it’s so yum 

What are your best results in orienteering this year? 1st W20 Oceania Sprint & Long

Have you represented NZ before? Yes at the Aussie champs (always the most fun competition of the year)

Map you want to run on A forest map in Sicily. I haven’t been since the World Schools when I first began orienteering so I would like to visit again and see how I would manage.

Most exciting/memorable O event:  NZOC 2020 when I won the sprint, middle and long and ran the most accurate races I had ever done. It was a bit of a turning point for me.

Worst memory of an O event: A training camp one year when it was so windy everyone almost got blown over and it was just muddy and freezing cold and really unpleasant.

What’s your best O story: Getting to race against and befriend my orienteering idols at the WOC selection races. 

What sort of training have you been doing in the lead-up to JWOC? I will be running World Cup 1, WOC, Danish and British sprint champs and some training camps too which are all sprint focused. Hopefully these races will prepare me so I’m not too overwhelmed by the competition size and calibre at JWOC. However, I’ve also been running on some forest maps during my downtime in Sweden so that I’m not running just sprints.

What is your favourite training session? 6 x 1km in the domain. It’s the best ever.

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? I’m just hoping really badly that I won’t have any song in my head otherwise it won’t be such a good race for me…

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Blueberry OSM – they don’t have them in Europe and I’m getting withdrawals but luckily dad is bringing some over for me at JWOC 🙂

What is your best orienteering memory? Going to Italy with the schools team. I’m not sure if I’ll ever have an experience as amazing as that ever again, it was so much fun – both the country and the people. Getting selected for that team was probably the turning point for me to take orienteering seriously so that’s quite special too.

What is your worst orienteering memory? Breaking my ankle while orienteering in a sprint in the dunes during summer last year. It was so so frustrating and made me miss most of the athletics season.

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? I’m not really one for idols but it’d definitely have to be boo and ju with all their adventures (and beef jerky sponsorship of course)

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Don’t have too many from orienteering because I’m so picky when I run through the forest (should probably work on that whoops). But I definitely have some fresh mental scars from running control 9 at Not Oceania’s that was rough.

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? I’m not sure what my dream job in primary school was but mum claims I wanted to do something involving writing and reading which is quite funny because I couldn’t imagine doing anything remotely like that anymore I’m so much more mathematically inclined and my dream job is now being an engineer in the renewable energy field (and my own boss).

What are you most looking forward to? Meeting and making many more friends from other countries.

Zara Stewart

Occupation: Student

Bit about me:  I also play hockey, enjoy hanging out with friends and family whenever I can.

What age you started orienteering? I started orienteering through my sister at the end of year 6 so I must have been 10 or 11

What are your best results in O this year? I think my best result for orienteering this year was 1st in the W20E sprint at club nationals

Prior NZ representation Yes in 2019 I was lucky enough to go to Worlds Schools in Estonia and Australia with the junior NZ secondary schools team.

Map you want to run on Anything overseas would be so cool, especially if it’s different to NZ terrain.

Most exciting/memorable O event? Probably World Schools, being able to go overseas and compete with my friends and meet other orienteers from around the world was an amazing experience.

Worst memory of an O event My worst memory was probably getting chased by a cow at Churchill Park during a summer nav.

What are you looking forward to? Running and competing in a new country on completely new terrain.

What sort of training have you been doing leading up to JWOC? My usually hockey trainings and games. I have been doing some more longer runs and any Auckland club or school events I can.

Prior NZ representation Yes in 2019 I was lucky enough to go to Worlds Schools in Estonia and Australia with the junior NZ secondary schools team.

Map you want to run on Anything overseas would be so cool, especially if it’s different to NZ terrain.

Most exciting/memorable O event? Probably World Schools, being able to go overseas and compete with my friends and meet other orienteers from around the world was an amazing experience.

Worst memory of an O event My worst memory was probably getting chased by a cow at Churchill Park during a summer nav.

What sort of training have you been doing leading up to JWOC? My usual hockey training and games. I have been doing some more longer runs and any Auckland club or school events I can.

What are you looking forward to? Running and competing in a new country on completely new terrain.

Will Tidswell

Occupation: Student

What age you started orienteering? Age 9

A bit about you: I’m a 2nd year mechanical engineering student who loves to spend time with mates, get outdoors and go on an adventure.

What are your best results in orienteering this year: Two 2nd’s at the JWOC Trials

Have you represented NZ before? Yes, in Australia a few times and at JWOC in 2018/19.

Map you want to run on: Any Swedish map, because of the amount of times I have watched people run on them but never have myself.

Most exciting/memorable O event:JWOC 2019 Middle Qual

Worst memory of an O event: My worst O memory would have to be due to the weather conditions. It was at a local HB event and my sister and I went out to collect controls. The cold was similar to what you’d think doing an orienteering event in the arctic would be like. It took a good hour to warm up in the car with the heat blasting at full noise.

What’s your best O story: Not sure about my best, but certainly a memorable one was in Christchurch at the school relays. Ronan Lee and I were going out at the end of the pack (which sort of took the pressure out of the whole race). We both left the arena at the same time and throughout the whole race we’d split up and then hit the control at the exact same time. I just found it hilarious. We were so different in our orienteering styles yet managed to have a near identical run-time.

What sort of training have you been doing in the lead-up to JWOC: Unfortunately, I managed to get Covid right before nationals. I spent a week in isolation and then (very mindful of the long-covid situation) slowly started my training back up.

What is your favourite training session? The one where I’m racing Cam Bonar

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Pretend – Hybrid Minds

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Haribo Bears

What is your best orienteering memory? I’ve got a few memorable ones… But definitely a highlight would’ve been running into the finish in the JWOC Middle Qual in 2019 and sneaking into the A final. It just felt 🙂

What is your worst orienteering memory? Running around in the freezing cold at a local HB event. Felt like my fingers and toes were about to drop off.

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Simona Aebersold

How did you get your best scratch or scar? BlackberriesWhat was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Astronaut.Now… a job that combines engineering and psychology… somehow.

What are you most looking forward to? Travelling overseas and enjoying the whole NZ JWOC experience.. Every year I’ve been so far it’s been crazy fun! The team comradery, the JWOC events, and everything else in between. It’s definitely an experience to cherish.

Emily Hayes – Reserve

A bit about you: I get up to a bit of tramping, exploring the great outdoors (of Wānaka recently), and hitting a ball around a field with a stick. Things that make my world go round include dried meat (sponsored by Jack Links Teriyaki Beef Jerky), butter chicken pies, lovely scenez, the art of fungi and of course my friends and family. 

Age I started orienteering: Around 6 years old 

Represented nz before?: Yup schools team since 2018 and selected for JWOC team in 2021

What is your best orienteering memory? My very first junior junior o camp, thank you Jenni and Carsten!

What is your worst orienteering memory? One time I had to walk 3km and 500m vertical climb to get to the start

Memorable o event: 2018 Australian Schools Sprint was definitely the most memorable orienteering event for me. My first schools event representing NZ and such an awesome experience to have. 

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Kasper Fosser 

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Hurdling a barb wire fence in yr 5

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Then: To be adoctor Now: To be a full time scab of lib and king ju

Training: Mostly running training around lake Wānaka  

What are you looking forward to: Supporting the amazing JWOC team and event 6 of course.

Alex Jobbins

Occupation: Engineering student at Auckland University

A bit about you: I’m a first year student at Auckland University, studying engineering and earth science, and I like hanging out with friends and being outdoors. 

What are your best results in orienteering this year? 3rd in the NZOC middle

What age did you start orienteering? When I was 12, in intermediate

Have you represented NZ before? In Australia in 2018

Map you want to run on: Any map in Europe, somewhere a bit different to NZ

Most exciting/memorable O event? Probably going to Aussie in 2018 with the invitational team, it was certainly a good experience with cool people and cool maps. Also all the rogaines and relays with the Westlake Boys school team over the years. 

Worst O event memory? Probably from Queens Birthday in Christchurch in 2017, the race at Butlers Bush was very cold, with the walk to the start halfway up the mountain. Afterwards I remember walking round in jandals – not the warmest choice of footwear – and then having to warm back up in the van for ages after. Also mispunching in the Westlake Boys relay team.

What is your favourite training session? Loops around Auckland Domain

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long distance? Photograph by Nickelback

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Pascall fruit jubes

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Ryan Williams

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Tripping over a fallen barbed wire fence in Totara Park

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Being an astronaut, now being some type of engineer

What sort of training have you been doing in the lead-up to JWOC Lots of running, and hopefully more o-training in the weeks to come

What is your favourite training session? Loops around Auckland Domain

What song do you want stuck in your head while you run the JWOC long

distance? Photograph by Nickelback

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your recovery bag? Pascall fruit jubes

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Ryan Williams

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Tripping over a fallen barbed wire fence in Totara Park

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Being an astronaut, now being some type of engineer

What are you looking forward to? Hopefully getting in the team again next year

Briana Steven – Coach

Occupation: Part-time PhD student, full-time orienteering enthusiast

What is your favourite training session? Anything that I’m coaching, because it's mostly yelling and no running

What song do you want stuck in your head while you wait in the JWOC long quarantine? Sk8er Boi

What snack are you most looking forward to having in your coaching bag? Hot Chips

What is your best orienteering memory? Beating both Lizzie and Imogene at Queens Birthday 2021 Middle

What is your worst orienteering memory? Losing by 1 second to Tessa at Queens Birthday 2021 Middle

Which orienteering/life idol do you want printed out in life-size on your wall? Marisol Hunter (already have Simona Aebersold on my wall)

How did you get your best scratch or scar? Wore zero-grip sneakers at NZOC2022 sprint despite the bulletin specifically advising against it, and tore up my shin in the first 15 seconds of the race. (Listen to the Bulletin!!!)

What was your dream job in primary school, and what is it now? Astronaut, and still is, but the Thierry Gueorgiou washed-up-elite-turned-national-Swedish-team- coach-turned-national-Finnish-team-coach lifestyle looks pretty enticing…

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