In the World Orienteering School Championships (WOSC) Selection Notice published on 5 July 2014, Orienteering NZ reserved the right to select a New Zealand representative team for the WSOC.
Orienteering NZ chooses not to invoke this right to select Representative Teams to attend the 2015 World Schools Orienteering Championships in Turkey.
The rationale behind this decision is:
- The event is not recognised by the IOF as a premier world orienteering event**, and despite its name, is regarded as less prestigious than other international competitions we currently select teams for and support;
- Any selection which is not performance based may end being financially driven, and this is not the basis by which Orienteering NZ select representative teams.
Any selection of Representative Teams for future World Schools Orienteering Championships will be determined in relation to the status of the event and the policies of Orienteering NZ at the time.
Orienteering NZ actively recognises there is keen interest in young orienteers competing internationally and we are working closely with Australia to provide events which are not only of a high standard but are also financially more achievable for more young orienteers. We are also exploring additional forms of competition between the two countries to offer the sport to a wider junior audience. We encourage any orienteers who had indicated an interest in the World Schools Orienteering Championships in Turkey to consider participating in the upcoming Australian Championships, the Oceania Championships in Tasmania in January 2015 or other IOF recognised international events.
** This event is being run under the auspices of the International School Sport Federation & Turkish School Sports Federation.