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Sarah Anderson (Hawkes Bay) and Juliana McMillan (North West) have been added to the 2012 NZ JWOC te

Show Profile  DMjunior Posted: 3 April 2012, 12:40 PM  
Aus schools is great for the top school kids but the creates further depth. All NZOF have to do is say yes and thats the last of it. It also makes the competition bigger and better at schools races in NZ because NISS, SISS and NZSS are all trials for WSOC and for a team to be considered they have to have at least 5 running in each grade. With more chances available we will see more teams wanting to go and training to get better and racing at schools races in NZ.
As well as this, like any team going overseas from a schools, the local community will get in behind it bringing coverage and exposure to orienteering in New Zealand. Another win!

Show Profile  rossmaxmo Posted: 3 April 2012, 10:19 PM  
Yeah, if someone wants to organise it and the kids want to go, then why not do it?!
Portugal is great, orienteering is growing there at a phenomenal rate. I was there in February, they have heaps of cool terrain like here:
Also some great sand-dune stuff which kiwis could do well in. This might get them excited:

Show Profile  Jane H Posted: 4 April 2012, 4:29 AM  
The top kids already win at Aussie Champs so the competition there is even. The buzz then is running the NZ black and white shirt. The worlds gives more 14 year olds the chance to wear the shirt. And to win Silver at Italy was icing on the cake for sure. The possiblity of going is a real draw-card to the sport - Duncan M. only had to announce at teh school assembly ans 60x turned up at the first meeting! Of them 30x went to NZSS Champs. It is a winning formula!




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