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WORLD MASTERS GAMES (ORIENTEERING)

World Masters Games New Zealand 2017

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As the only Army athlete competing in the World Masters Orienteering Championships in New Zealand, I was fortunate to experience a fortnight of world class events held within NZ’s most scenic and picturesque areas.  A total of 1744 orienteers from 40 different countries entered.  Ages ranged from 35 to over 90.  Orienteering is certainly a lifelong sport!  It was also the sport with the largest number of competitors.  The events were spread across central Auckland to the west coast.  The number of female competitors in my age group was 94.  In the sprint event at the University of Auckland City Campus, (sprints take place in parks and urban terrain), I qualified for the A final and finished 8th.   To do well in the Sprints you need to ‘think quick and run fast’. The orienteering then moved 50km North West to Woodhill Forest.  The forest terrain had complex contour detail and was very technical – open pine forest, sand dunes and native bush.  After 2 x qualification races, I qualified for the A final and finished 7th.  Despite not making the podium, it was a fantastic opportunity to compete against some of the best orienteers in the world. 

 

Army participation in the world Masters Games in New Zealand 2017   WorldMasters Games 2017 Army Orienteering
Punching the final control at the Sprint event
   
World Masters Games New Zealand   woodhill Forest running into the finish.
Woodhill Forest – running into the finish definitely in oxygen debt!!!

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