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Selection Notice – New Zealand Secondary Schools Team 2019
By Catriona McBean - Thu 23 May 2019 12:42pm
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Wagga Wagga and Surrounds, 28 September to 6 October 2019

This year, two teams of equal ability will be selected to compete for the Southern Cross Trophy against the six Australian states and the Australian Capital Territory in the 2019 Australian Schools Championships.

The championships will be held in and around Wagga Wagga in New South Wales as part of the Oceania Championships carnival which runs from 28 September to 6 October 2019.

The specific School’s championship events are:

  • Sprint Championship – Tuesday 1 October
  • Individual Championship – Wednesday 2 October
  • Relay Championship – Thursday 3 October

Further event information here

Each of the two teams will be a maximum of 20 athletes in size; up to five in each of Senior Boys, Senior Girls, Junior Boys and Junior Girls.  Senior grades have a birthdate of 2003 or earlier.

Selection Criteria

The team selection will be made in accordance with the Orienteering NZ Policy G1 – Selection Policy and Appendix.  This policy is available on the Orienteering NZ website.

The 2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools Teams will be based on performances at the following event:

  • Queen’s Birthday Weekend orienteering event hosted by Wellington Orienteering Club in and around Palmerston North

If you wish to be selected for the NZ Schools Team, you must race in either the Junior Boys/Girls or Senior Boys/Girls ‘A’ grade at the Queen’s Birthday event in Auckland.  Junior: born 2004 or later.  Senior: born 2003 or earlier.

The Sprint Relay event at Queen’s Birthday Weekend will not be considered for selection purposes.

Exception to Selection Criteria

With the change to two teams, orienteers who have been selected for the 2019 JWOC Team are now eligible for selection for the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team.  JWOC Team Members and Junior Pinestars athletes only should run M/W20E at Queen’s Birthday.

Availability for selection

It will be assumed all orienteers entered in Junior Boys/Girls or Senior Boys/Girls ‘A’ Grades at the Queen’s Birthday event will be available for selection, so no nomination is necessary.

Athletes whose performances at the Queen’s Birthday event may result in their consideration for selection, but who are not available for selection, should advise the Selectors Junior Panel Convenor, Steve Oram [steveoram@gmail.com] by Friday 31 May 2019.  

Team Travel

Orienteering NZ is currently reviewing the Team Travel policy.  Notification of team travel options will be provided to selected athletes as soon as a decision has been made.

Costs

For 2019 Orienteering NZ has set a standard Athlete Contribution fee for the NZ Schools Team 2019 at 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.  

The Athlete Contribution fee does not include international airfares to/from New Zealand; these will be charged in addition to the Athlete Contribute fee if Orienteering NZ arrange this travel.

Announcement of Team

The Selectors plan to announce the team as soon as possible after the Queen’s Birthday weekend trials and no later than 30 June 2019

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