World Cup and Oceania Championships Wrap Up
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
The Oceania Championships and World Cup Events were held in
Tasmania in early January. South
Australians running in the World Cup were Bridget Anderson and Simon Uppill for
Australia and Lauren Gillis for Ireland.
Belinda Lawford who has been resident in SA for the last 2 years was
also running for Australia. For all the results
- see the carnival results web page - http://oceania2015.com/eventor/oceania-wc-results/. Maps can be seen at this page - http://oceania2015.com/world-cup-live/
The World Cup events comprised a Sprint Qualifying in
Cataract Gorge at Launceston followed by a final at the University of
Tasmania. Sweden and Switzerland
dominated the placegetters with Tove Alexandersson of Sweden winning the first
of her 3 first placings for the week. Rachael
Effeney and Julian Dent (18th) were the best placed Australians,
with Simon 10 seconds behind Julian in 21st. The Oceania Sprint followed the World Cup, with
first placings to Will Kennedy (M20), Paul Hoopmann (M65), Robin Uppill (W60),
Jane Fuller (W35AS), Sandra Afnan (WOpenB).
Simon Uppill starts the Sprint Qualifier with Magne Daehli of Denmark
The Oceania Relays followed with several South Australians
running, one of the tightest finishes was between Paul Hoopmann (in the
Australian team) and Adrian Uppill (in a composite team) for 2nd and
Adrian Uppill tries to chase down Paul Hoopmann in the relays
The next 2 events were the Oceania Middle, and the Aus-NZ Schools
Relay (NZ won 3 of the 4 races) and Public Race 3, and then on the Thursday
Coles Bay hosted the World Cup Middle Distance event, Aus-NZ Schools Individual
and Public Race 4. The area was a
complex granite map with significant areas of slow run, and many World Cup
competitors made some errors. Bridget
Anderson had a steady run to finish 31st, with Lauren Gillis one
place behind, whilst Simon having caught Julian Dent who started 2 minutes
prior, ran with Julian for much of the race and they both made some
errors. Simon was 23rd, one
second behind the Robbie Preston as the best Australian.
Bridget Anderson - concentrating on the run through in the Middle Distance
The last 2 events were the World Cup Long Distance and the
Oceania Long Distance, held on Transit Flat west of St Helens. The men’s and women’s courses both featured a
long leg early in the course (3.8 km for the men) and a spectator run
through. Simon did well on the long leg (16th)
but a couple of small errors and fading slightly towards the end saw him finish
23rd overall. Bridget was 32nd. Julian
Dent and Hanny Allston were the best for Australia and Oceania giving then a
start in the World Championships Long Distance event in addition to the 2
places already assigned to Australia.
Again Sweden and Switzerland took at the placings.
The Oceania Long distance on the same area the following day
was the final event of this carnival, although a few South Australians stayed
on in Tasmania for the 6 events of the Hobart Shorts.
Those of us who participated appreciate the great efforts by
Tasmania to stage the events, and as well as enjoying competing, also enjoyed
watching the World Cup events.
For a look at the long legs on the Long Distance courses -
World Cup Long Distance Course Map Men - Transit-Flats-WC-Long-Mens.pdf
World Cup Long Distance Course Map Women - Transit-Flats-WC-Long-Womens.pdf
For a more comprehensive report on the Australian team at the World Cup see the Orienteering Australia News Item - http://www.orienteering.asn.au/featured/world-cup-wrap-up-australian-team-finishes-strongly-at-long-distance/