Today saw forty teams (160 children) take part in the Schools' orienteering final at the School Games held in Beckett Park. Junior Development Officer Simon Martland has been working with children across the five local districts and held qualifying competitions in parks and schools. The children very much enjoyed their orienteering and there was very positive feedback from the accompanying teachers and adults. The photos capture something of the excitement of the event.
Pride of place this weekend to our wonderful W18 relay team.
Lucy, Evie and Laura led throughout to win.
In the individual we had no Long course winners, but Laura (W18E), Peter Haines (M60) and Tony Thornley (M65) were all second and Evie Conway (W16) was third.
Many thanks to Peter Jones for organising the relay teams.
Well done to Evie Conway (W14) for winning the British Schools Championships last month and for her selection to the World Schools Championships in Sicily in 2017. Also congratulations to Laura King and Lucy Haines for being selected for the GB Talent Squad!
This last weekend the Junior Home Internationals took place in Northumberland, ably hosted by NATO. Three juniors from AIRE were selected to the England team: Evie Conway, Lucy Haines and Laura King. It was a hard fought competition but with lots of friendly rivalry and good fun between the athletes. All the youngsters ran hard and supported each other in competing for their home nations.
Evie Conway achieved selection for the second year 14s tour based at Lagganlia Outdoor Centre near Aviemore in the summer. Read her account of her orienteering training, but also the fun and games during the week's tour, on the YHOA website
Last weekend saw an exciting and challenging regional squads competition in Scotland with five AIRE juniors in the YHOA squad. The Individual day took place on Cambus O’May with tough technical and physical courses, planned by Jonathan Musgrave.