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By Joolz - Sun 26 Jun 2022 2:55pm
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Even with a few travel hiccups, Orienteering NZ High Performance Leader Malcolm Ingham says this is the “strongest WOC team NZL has yet assembled”

🇳🇿 Follow the NZ World Orienteering Championship team in Kolding, Denmark. The action starts tonight in Denmark, but our early bird NZST viewing times are a day later – see below:

Monday 27 June | Sprint Relay 3:15 – 4.45am (Sunday 17:15 – 18:45 CEST)

Wednesday 29 June | Knock-Out Sprint 3.30 – 5.40am (Tuesday 17:30 – 19.40 CEST)

Friday 1 July | Sprint 3:45 – 6.00am (Thursday 17:45 – 20:00 CEST)📡There is a fee to view the broadcast (6 EUR for one competition, 12 EUR for all three competitions) on IOF Live.
Details for IOF live: https://orienteering.sport/event/world-orienteering-championships-2/welcome/

2022 World Orienteering Championship NZ Athlete profiles:

Imogene Scott

1. WOCs attended: 5 (Italy 2014, Scotland 2015, Sweden 2016, Estonia 2017, Latvia 2018)

2. Place of birth: Gold Coast, Australia

3. Club: Auckland

4. Favourite O-terrain: Alpine/mountainous, with rocks and good route choice decisions.

5. Best O-event ever: I can’t say I had amazing results, but the WOC long distance in 2016 in Sweden was certainly memorable and epic, with an over 2 km route choice leg to the second control. It was the most tired I’ve ever been after a race!

6. What are you most grateful for? A healthy body that has allowed me to train pretty consistently for years.

7. What’s your definition of success? Success is setting out to achieve what you planned to achieve, and I see it as being greater than the narrow societal definition of wealth, a certain job, a certain lifestyle – success is simply creating a life that makes you happy and is very personal.

8. What would you want to see happen for the sport of orienteering if nothing stood in the way? For the sport to really grow and for more people to see how great it is, such that it becomes a well known sport in New Zealand and many other countries (not just Scandinavia!

Joseph Lynch

1. WOCs attended: Zero

2. Place of birth: Wellington

3. Club: PAPO

4. Favourite O-terrain: The Canaan Downs forest in April was pretty epic. I don’t like that nav to be too tricky, my brain can’t handle the likes of West Bay.

5. Best O-event ever: Relays are objectively the best! They add another element to racing and you share the experience with your whole team

6. What are you most grateful for? The opportunity to go to Aus Champs in high school and have a lot of fun outside the events

7. What’s your definition of success? The number of scratches you come back with after a race (sprints aren’t usually very successful in that regard but let’s see how Denmark goes)

8. What would you want to see happen for the sport of orienteering if nothing stood in the way? More people staying in the sport after high school (in both competitive and non competitive ways)

Gene Beveridge

1. WOCs attended: 5

2. Place of birth: Auckland

3. Club: North west

4. Favourite O-terrain: Typical Scandinavian terrain

5. Best O-event ever: O-Ringen for the massive fields and back to back races

6. What are you most grateful for? What are you most grateful for?Having access to Woodhill and Riverhead forests when I was younger

7. What’s your definition of success? Getting the process right

8. What would you want to see happen for the sport of orienteering if nothing stood in the way? A better philosophy on how to access privately owned areas in NZ, like that in the Scandinavian countries.

Penelope Salmon

1. WOCs attended: 0

2. Place of birth: Tauranga/Mount Maunganui

3. Club: Auckland

4. Favourite O-terrain: Woodhill sand dunes

5. Best O-event ever: Aussie Champs 2018 – This was my first Aus champs and it was so much fun getting to know the team really well over a couple of weeks and I also enjoyed competing on the Aussie terrain as it was so different to NZ.

6. What are you most grateful for? My family for always supporting me and enabling me to pursue so many incredible opportunities

7. What’s your definition of success? Success to me is knowing that I’ve given my all during a race. I know that I can only control my performance so if someone runs better than me despite having given it my all then I still believe my race to be a success.

8. What would you want to see happen for the sport of orienteering if nothing stood in the way? For orienteering to be in the olympics – it would give the sport a lot more exposure and funding.

Tommy Hayes

1. WOCs attended: 2 (Estonia 2017 and Norway 2019)

2. Place of birth: Auckland

3. Club: Auckland

4. Favourite O-terrain: Woodhill sand dunes

5. Best O-event ever: Old city sprints on elevated terrain

6. What are you most grateful for? Living in New Zealand, our backyard and family and mates to explore it with.

7. What’s your definition of success? Coming home having learned something new, no matter how small

8. What would you want to see happen for the sport of orienteering if nothing stood in the way? Another World Cup in NZ!

Lizzie Ingham

1. WOCs attended: 9 (from 2011 in France through to 2019 in Norway)

2. Place of birth: Wellington

3. Club: Orienteering Taranaki

4. Favourite O-terrain: Something nice and technical: complex sand-dunes, Aussie granite and mining, Czech sandstone, Slovenian karst and alpine moraine detail all fit the bill

5. Best O-event ever: Jukola. Nothing beats the atmosphere and emotions of relay racing, and Jukola is the king of relays

6. What are you most grateful for? A healthy heart and a second chance ❤

7. What’s your definition of success? When I’m smiling on both the start and finish line (sometimes it may look like more like a grimace though!)

8. What would you want to see happen for the sport of orienteering if nothing stood in the way? IOF dropping the Olympic dream, focusing on the grass roots and making orienteering a truly global sport.

Tim Robertson

1. WOCs attended: 9

2. Place of birth: Lower Hutt

3. Club: Orienteering Hutt Valley

4. Favourite O-terrain: Coastal Italian villages

5. Best O-event ever: ukola, because of the incredible atmosphere the world’s largest orienteering relay creates

6. What are you most grateful for? The opportunity to travel to beautiful locations around the world to compete in the sport that I love

7. What’s your definition of success? Kudos on Strava from Rob Garden 8.

8. What would you want to see happen for the sport of orienteering if nothing stood in the way? Would be awesome if the European orienteering scene was more accessible to New Zealand orienteers.


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