Aussie Terrain Testing the Teams

Tuesday, 3 July 2007


   Monday saw teams visit the tricky Seldom Seen for the first time. This area hosted the Australian Team's long distance selection trials. Teams had mixed experiences with most commenting on the difficulty of running across the rocky ground. This, combined with the amount of fallen timber,  makes it a tough area to run through. Such stop-start running can disrupt navigation and lead to errors. The Norwegian coach remarked 'Is the JWOC area going to be as rocky as this?' Only time will tell!

     The ongoing saga of lost baggage that has affected a few teams is slowly being resolved, the Spanish team finally receiving six of their eight bags whilst the Slovakians are still missing one. The final team to arrive at the training camp are the Swedes who are due in this morning after spending three days acclimatising in the Blue Mountains aided by Australian Elite Dave Sheperd. They didn't manage to escape the British Airways luggage bungle either. Eleven of their bags failed to arrive with the team.

     The Aussie Team has it's final technical training session today, combining with the Kiwis and a few Brits for some mass start relay practice at Gumble Creek. From here they will travel to Blackhealth in the Blue Mountains for a few days of relaxation to help prepare for their JWOC assault. With Snow predicted for the Blue Mtns on Thursday it could be a preparation largely spent indoors!


Other news items
JWOC DVD Now Available Thursday, 30 August 2007 For those orienteers who would like a long-lasting momento of the 2007 Junior World Orienteering Championships experience, the DVD is now available.
JWOC 2007 Photo Galleries updated Thursday, 19 July 2007 The Photo Galleries for the 2007 Junior World Championships in Dubbo, Australia have been updated
Norway wins dramatic sprint finish in JWOC relay Friday, 13 July 2007 Norway won a dramatic sprint finish against Sweden in the women's relay at JWOC, whilst the Czech Republic held off the Norwegians for an upset win in the men's event.
Lundanes wins second gold as Lonnkvist blitzes field Thursday, 12 July 2007 Olav Lundanes won his second gold medal of the week at the JWOC middle distance, whilst Jenny Lonnkvist blitzed the field to give Sweden their first gold of the week.
World champion misses out on middle final Wednesday, 11 July 2007 JWOC long distance champion Siri Ulvestad was the major casualty as the middle distance qualification took place on Wednesday.
Norwegian double double in the JWOC long distance Monday, 9 July 2007 Norwegians were first and second in both JWOC long distance events on Monday, with Olav Lundanes and Siri Ulvestad taking out the gold medals.
Kral, Svensson take first honours at JWOC Sunday, 8 July 2007 Vojtech Kral (Czech Republic) and Eva Svensson (Sweden) have taken out the sprint titles at the Junior World Orienteering Championships.
Cold weather forecast for JWOC sprint Saturday, 7 July 2007 The JWOC sprint will take place tomorrow morning at the Western Plains Zoo, with cold, windy weather forecast.
Two Days To Go... Thursday, 5 July 2007 The countdown has begun to JWOC 2007
Aussie Terrain Testing the Teams Tuesday, 3 July 2007 Can they conquer the granite?