A New Zealand Secondary Schools Team is to be selected to compete for the Southern Cross Trophy against the six Australian states and the Australian Capital Territory in the 2016 Australian Schools Championships.
The championships will be held in Queensland’s Gold Coast Scenic Rim and Granite Belt as part of the Australian Championships carnival which runs from 24 September to 2 October 2016.
The specific schools championship events are:
- Sprint championship, Monday 26 September
- Individual championship, Wednesday 28 September
- Relay championship, Thursday 29 September
Further event information is available at the http://www.auschamps2016.com/
The team will be 16 in size (four each of senior boys, senior girls, junior boys and junior girls). Senior grades have a birthdate of 2000 or earlier.
The team selection will be made in accordance with the Orienteering NZ Policy G1 – Selection Policy (dated December 2014). This policy is available on the Orienteering NZ website https://www.orienteering.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/G1-Selection-Policy.pdf
The 2016 New Zealand Secondary Schools Team will be based on performances at the following events:
Primary Selection event
Queen’s Birthday orienteering event hosted by Wellington Orienteering Club
If you wish to be selected for the NZ Schools Team by your performances at Queen’s Birthday, you must race in either the Junior Boys/Girls or Senior Boys/Girls ‘A’ grade. Junior: born 2001 or later. Senior: born 2000 or earlier.
Supplementary Selection event
2016 Orienteering NZ Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships, Waikato 21-23 July
Athletes seeking selection at the NZSS Championships are expected to run their correct age grade based on their year of birth.
If you have been selected for either the 2016 JWOC Team or Junior Pinestars team for Queen’s Birthday events, you are ineligible for selection for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team.
Availability for selection
It will be assumed all orienteers entered in either the Queen’s Birthday or NZSS Championships events will be available for selection, so no nomination is necessary
Athletes whose performances at the Queen’s Birthday or NZSS Championships events may result in their consideration for selection, but who are Not Available for selection, should advise the Junior Panel Selection Convenor, Tom Reynolds [firstname.lastname@example.org] by close of entries of the respective event (date to be advised on event website).
As stated in Orienteering NZ Policy G5 – International Team Travel:
Safety of team members when “on tour” is paramount.
Team members are expected to be part of team travel arrangements organised by Orienteering NZ. Where team travel has been organised by Orienteering NZ, team travel arrangements may include domestic and international flights and land transport to and from a competition or event.
Travel Procedures for Junior Teams
- All members of a junior team, when travelling out of New Zealand, will be accompanied by a Team Staff member, or in exceptional circumstances an adult approved by Orienteering NZ.
For the NZ Secondary Schools Team Orienteering NZ will arrange the team’s return flights to/from New Zealand to Australia.
Athletes who wish alternative post-competition travel from the team travel arrangements may seek a waiver from Orienteering NZ General Manager for exceptional circumstances No later than 21 August. If alternative arrangements are approved, any additional costs will be incurred by the athlete.
From 2016 Orienteering New Zealand has set a standard Athlete Contribution fee for teams selected for major events. For NZ Schools Team 2016 this Athlete Contribution will be NZ$1500 and includes team competition costs such as entry fees, food & accommodation and travel while in Australia; Team Staff travel, food & accommodation and accreditation costs; training maps, etc. It does not include international airfares to/from New Zealand; these will be charged in addition to the Athlete Contribute fee.
Announcement of Team
The Selectors plan to announce the team no later than 31 July 2016.