JWOC2016 in Switzerland starts on Sunday evening New Zealand time and the NZL team is now assembled and finishing their preparations. Perhaps unsuprisingly one of the hardest things, going by the comments on Facebook, is acclimatisation to the altitude. Nevertheless the team has been testing itself in Swiss terrain by competing in a series of events over the last couple of weeks.
Over the weekend of 25/26 June Shamus Morrison, Devon Beckman and Ed Cory-Wright ran in the Swiss National Middle and Long Distance Champs. Pride of place to Shamus who, possibly having the race of his life (so far with JWOC to come) won the M20 Middle Distance in a strong field. Ed and Devon were 8th and 11th respectively. Thinhs weren’t qute so rosy in the following long distance with Ed and Shamus coming in16th and 17th and Devon suffering a mp (at leats that’s what i think the Swiss website says!).
The following weekend all 12 team members ran int he Swiss Relay Champs. No 20 grades here so running in the 21E grades they were up against some of the best orienteers in the world. No disgrace therefore in Devon, Ed and Shamus coming in 16th in the men’s field and Alice Tilley, Sonia Hollands and Danielle Goodall filling the same place in the owmen’s race. Tommy Hayes, Cameron de L’Isle and Matt Goodall in the men’s and Kayla Fairbairn, Lara Molloy and Katie Cory-Wright in the women’s were a little futher back. All good experience for the test ahead.
Remember – JWOC Sprint 7.00-10.30 pm (NZST) Sunday – http://livecenter.orienteering.org/