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Friday, July 8, 2011

Middle Final Day

Middle Arena

Having read all the info coming out of the JWOC web page and also the posts on the OA web page I have a feeling most of the suporters of our team are better informed than we are.

Some info from inside the team may clear up some of the mysteries. Max mispunched in the qualification and I am not sure even he knows how it happened. He was a little off line going to control 4, relocated and found his correct control. The problem at the finish was that no punch was recorded. Who knows??.
Josh in the B final had a line from his 10th control crosing over the line from 14 to 15 but very close to 14. He navigated from 10 to 14, his second last control then to the finish but unfortunately missed out a loop of 3 controls. Up until that point he had been running well. Very upsetting and disappointing for him.

Another point of interest was the disqualification of Angela Simpson and the second place to Tove Alexandeson by 20 sec. The leg from 5 to 6 can be seen below and the description to go with it. Does this mean it is a compulsory route? The gate near 6 was open but had an official at it. Many runners like Tove, Lilian and Josh ran to the gate and were turned back. Josh claimed that by the time he had sorted it out and replanned his route he had lost at least a minute. Angela was missed by the official and ran through. As a result she was disqualified. Does this set up constitute a compulsory route?? No tapes, no compulsory route marked in the discriptions. No one seemed to be sure of the correct ruling.


Profile time Again

Lilian, Josh and Krystal
Name: Lilian Burrill
Age:19
Years in JWOC: 3
State: QLD
Best result ever: Easter W16
Favourite Sports Person: Roger Federer
Favourite Map: Sappa Bulga
Long run or Intervals: Long run
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Middle
Favourite Terrain: Granite
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: Rugby
Music: Techno and Pop
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Thongs
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Taylor Lautner

Name: Josh Blatchford
Age: 19
Years in JWOC: 3
State: NSW
Best result ever: Australian Long 2010
Favourite Sports Person: Nick Riewolt
Favourite Map: Wattle Ridge
Long run or Intervals: Long run
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Long
Favourite Terrain: Granite
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: AFL
Music: Alternative
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Havaianas
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Hermione Granger

Name: Krystal Neumann
Age: 20
Years in JWOC: 3
State: QLD
Best result ever: 1st, Oceania Schools 2008
Favourite Sports Person: Myself
Favourite Map: Dubbo
Long run or Intervals: Intervals
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Middle
Favourite Terrain: Granite
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: Soccer
Music: Techno
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Sandals
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Kate Morrison


Lachlan and Belinda
Name: Lachlan Dow
Age:19
Years in JWOC: 4
State: ACT
Best result ever: Australian Sprint 2011
Favourite Sports Person: Usain Bolt
Favourite Map: Badja South
Long run or Intervals: Intervals
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Relay
Favourite Terrain: Sand Dunes
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: AFL
Music: Rock
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Shoes
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Eddie Betts

Name: Belinda 'Bun' Lawford
Age: 20
Years in JWOC: 5
State: ACT
Best result ever: Easter 2009
Favourite Sports Person: Thierry Georgiou
Favourite Map: Kooyoora
Long run or Intervals: Intervals
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Long
Favourite Terrain: Sand Dunes
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: Soccer
Music: Techno
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Thongs
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Rafael Nadal

A couple of random items. What makes these so interesting??




Relay Day Tomorrow

Team 1 Max (1st leg) Josh (2nd) Lachlan (3rd)
Team 2 Oliver Oscar Ian

Team 1 Lilian Krystal Belinda
Team 2 Jaquie Claire Georgia

Good luck to the team. Anything is possible.

Messages on this blog have been very much appreciated. Thank you everyone for your suport so far.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Long Day and Rest Day

LONG DAY

The long day was looked forward to by some with excitement and anticpation, while others were slightly apprehensive of the extra time in the forest and the physical challenge that the long presents.

The results were mixed; the boys were somewhat happy with their navigation, but were frustrated with their lack of speed. They found the hills physically more difficult than anticipated, and the green was suprisingly more prevalent than in some of the training maps. Lachlan took the best result of the day with a 50th place. Overall, the boys were happy with the improvement in their consistency of navigation and are looking forward to the middle distance tomorrow.

The girls saw a few dramas and a few tears. Belinda was extremely unhappy with a couple of errors but proved with the rest of her course that she is running and navigating well and could be much higher in the results. Krystal is struggling with a recurring leg injury but pushed through the course well, determined to make her last JWOC a good one. Clare hit misfortune with a stick in the eye near the beginning and did well to finish with limited vision, spending the next two days pirate-style. Georgia navigated well but admitted that she was limited by her fitness and short preparation; however she did improve significantly on her previous long result. Jacqui worked hard but had one significant error in her course and found the hills very challenging.




And now for Lilian! Matter of habit meant that Lilian entered the start with her Australian SI instead of that allocated to her by the organizers. Had the bus with her bag not left just a minute before, all would have been fine, but by the time the bus returned her start time was lapsed and she was forced back to a start time 20 minutes after the last starter. This meant a longer wait and also a potential cumulative time of over 4 hours. Not only that, but by the time she started, they had begun to remove controls from the forest, meaning that she was DNFed. However, Lilian coped with all this with a calm control and cheerfulness that impressed us all.




Overall, the feeling was that the Australian team showed more consistent navigation, better preparation and showed significant improvement on last year's results. Congratulations Aussies!

REST DAY
The organisers offered two organised rest day activities, and the Australians chose to head out to the Baltic sea, for a bit of sightseeing and perhaps relaxation on the beach.



The highlight of this trip was the attitude of the Polish Surf Life Saving force. After some brave Aussie and New Zealand girls had braved the not-so-warm Baltic waters of the northern Polish town of Wladyslawowo, they were told by a lifeguard to get out of the water. A long dispute between the organiser of our excursion and the lifeguard ensued, revealing that as they were an "organised group" the girls were required to do a warm up, be counted into the water, leave the water periodically to be re-counted, and to stay in the shallow waters before some yellow buoys. The ridiculousness of this had us all in fits of laughter, and after a short swim hardly justifying the long argument, the Aussie girls left to see the town.




Wladislawowo turned out to be a seaside resort town, but not really in the Australian sense. The town was a mass of small market stalls, beer tents, clothing outlets and small carnival rides. The crowd on the beach grew to thousands throughout the day (with none being caught actually swimming!) and the girls had waffles and browsed the stalls before getting some interesting henna tattoos and returning to the bus.

One interesting item in the town was a minature display of the stadiums which will be used for the Euro 2012 soccer competition in Poland. The display was a series of foam, balsa wood, metal and cloth models of the stadiums, some about two meters across and the middle one being impressive at about 4 metres across and 1.5 high.



It was a reasonably short outing but enjoyed by all who went. It helped to relax the athletes before they begin to prepare for the middle distance qualification tomorrow.

PROFILE 3

Georgia and Max

Name: Max Neve
Age:19
Years in JWOC: 2
State: VIC
Best result ever: Schools 2009
Favourite Sports Person: Simone Niggli
Favourite Map: Warby Ranges
Long run or Intervals: Intervals
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Sprint
Favourite Terrain: Urban
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: Soccer
Music: Techno
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Shoes
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Mary

Name: Georgia Parsons
Age: 18
Years in JWOC: 2
State: ACT
Best result ever: Nationals 2007
Favourite Sports Person: Steven Bradbury
Favourite Map: Honeysuckle Creek
Long run or Intervals: Intervals
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Middle
Favourite Terrain: Spur Gully
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: Other
Music: Indie
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Thongs
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Myself

By Aislinn

Monday, July 4, 2011

Interview with Josh Blatchford

Check out this interview with Josh Blatchford following his run in the JWOC Long Distance Race.

Sprint Day

Doing this very late at night after 3 meetings and 2 trips to event office so this will be a little brief. Sorry to those of you hoping for more after our first day.

As is to be expected it was a day of mixed results with a couple of good runs, some average ones and some not so good ones.

The course began with a tough hill climb and then involved several traps for the unwary. It was easy to take a route choice and find yourself in a dead end.

For the boys Max has bounced back into form with a clean run and finishing 29th less than 1:30 behind the winner. Lachlan was 37th and Ian was 41st. These 3 boys were only separated by 17 seconds from each other. The next of the boys to finish was Oscar in 68th, Josh in 79th and Oliver in 88th. These boys were also only separated by a margin of 23 sec. To highlight the competitiveness of the boys competition it is worth noting that our six boys were all separated by about 1 minute and 10 sec. (results)(W20 Map)(M20 Map)

The girls also performed well in a very strong field. Belinda overcame a very nervous start to finish in 46th place with an if only factor of 50 seconds between her and the top 5. Lillian, 96th, Claire, 99th and Georgia, 104th had solid runs with some errors but said they had touble getting into a rythm and stuggled to run smoothly. Krystal, 112th had a her calf problems flare up (aggrivated by the initial steep climb) and struggled on bravely to finish. Jacqui, 126th best outcome for the day was her strenght of personality in boucing back from a run in which she said she could do nothing right. "All good" she said. I'll be back.

Well done to the whole team. It is a pleasure to work with such a strong and motivated group!!

Not many photos today. Valerie took lots but she has gone to bed. I shall try to do more tomorrow.

The team warming up


Team Profile (attempt 2)


Oliver Poland
age:16
Years in JWOC: 2
State: ACT
Best result ever: 17th at Oringen
Favourite Sports Person: Julian Dent
Favourite Map: ADFA
Long run or Intervals: Intervals
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Middle
Favourite Terrain: Sandune
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: AFL
Music: Indie
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Heels
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Max

Name: Claire Butler
Age: 20
Years in JWOC: 2
State: Tas
Best result ever: Easter 2010
Favourite Sports Person: Bear Grylls
Favourite Map: Polish
Long run or Intervals: Long run
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Long
Favourite Terrain: Granite
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: None
Music: Alternate
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Bare feet
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Magical Matt

Ian Lawford
Age: 18
Years in JWOC: 2
State: ACT
Best result ever: School Relay 2010
Favourite Sports Person: Barry Dawson(the Cougar)
Favourite Map: Dubbo
Long run or Intervals: Long run
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Middle
Favourite Terrain: Granite
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: AFL
Music: Filthy Filthy House
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Thongs
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Barry Dawson

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Opening Ceremony Day


Today was always planned as an easy day training wise for the team.
Valerie and I drove to Gdansk to return the buses leaving Aislinn to take the team on a bus trip to the model map for the sprint. All reported that they had a good look at the map and that it did not seem to offer any surprises.

One wobble in the fabric of all that is well was the disqualification of the Ukraine team from participating in the sprint. We can only assume they ran in an out of bounds area during the model.

Lillians birthday tomorrow the 3rd, so maybe we will do something or maybe be wont. Can't have her distracted form her real purpose for being here.

After heading of to our first team officials meeting it was back to the accommodation to brief the team and then prepare for the opening ceremony. A quick evening meal,a bus trip into town and we were lined up for our march (behind a brass band) around the town square and into our places in front of the town hall. I will let the photos tell the story.






Our entertainment

Bun and George under the spot light of the local media



Profile Time

Oliver Claire and Ian

You will have to wait in excitement and anticipation for these as the folder is in Valeries room and I dare not wake her up to get them as it is now 11:15.

Sprint final tomorrow and we are ready so look out!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

2 days out!

DzieƄ dobry!

The day started off pretty glum with rain forcast and alot of cloud cover which brought temperatures that the queenslanders struggled with and were accused of needing to harden up. This set the scene for the day which was chosen to finish the week off in a relaxed manner with a optional training/running session on a map that we had been on previously in the week. Only a few of us went to this, the rest of us chilled in the hotel and decided to make the most of the time that breaky finishes and had a brunch/morning tea instead (thankfully our food isn't making us vomit, like the food at the other A accommodation). The training reportedly went well for the team members that decided to get a little bit more practice out in the forest.

The afternoon brought the middle, long and relay model event. This area was just like anything we had run on throughout the last week, with the main features being hilly, fast terrain with gully features that tricked many of us up a little bit with some accusations that the mapping didnt seem right on a control or 2.

Model map

After training, the team went to the shops to stock up on food and essentials before the vans are taken back tomorrow as the hotel is too far from town to walk there and back and there are no real shops in the vicinity. This might make travelling a little bit hard for us throughout the jwoc week but everything should run smoothly. With 1 day to go till our first race, being the sprint, we have a relaxing day tomorrow, with the sprint model while the vans are taken back followed by the opening ceremony in the evening. It should be an exciting day!

We've decided to put in profiles of the team. Here are the 2 newest members of the team: Oscar and Jacqui.
Name: Jacqueline Doyle
Age: 16
Years in JWOC: 1
State: QLD
Best result ever: East Anglican Champion W10
Favourite Sports Person: Tony Abbott
Favourite Map: Passchaendale
Long run or Intervals: Long run
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Middle
Favourite Terrain: Spur Gully
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: AFL
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Sandals
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Bear Grylls

Name: Oscar McNulty
Age: 16
Years in JWOC: 1
State: WA
Best result ever: Schools Individual 2009
Favourite Map: Scotch College
Long run or Intervals: Long run
Long, middle, sprint or relay: Sprint
Favourite Terrain: Granite
Aussie Rules, rugby, soccer or other: Soccer
Music: Indie
Thongs, shoes, sandals or high heels: Bare feet
Fold or scrunch (Map): Fold
Who would you most like to do your tick check?: Blake Lively

Krystal :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Thursday Sprint Training

Nothing of note or excitement to post today. Doing this at a late hour as no volunteers came forward dazzle you all with their offerings.

Began the day by setting out a sprint course on a map called Bliza. A well drawn and accurate map that was used for the Baltic Cup earlier in the year. It actually includes the local miltary accademy and some of the chapels visited by Pope John Paul when he spent time praying for our souls. The only problem encountered was me leaving the maps in the bus on the other side of a 55m high hill and as a result had to run back and get them. Surprisingly no one else volunteered.

Preparing to Sprint
analysing the result

The squad then returned to the Hotel and prepared to visit a Castle in Malbork some 2 hours drive south of our base. As none of the boys saw the need to expand their cultural experience of Poland it was left to all the girls and their honourary female driver to fly the Ausy flag.
The experience was well worth the trip as the Castle was amazing. It was at some stage the largest castle in the world with an even more amazing history.






Tomorrow will be an easy day training wise with an easy session for some (except Aislinn) in the morning and then a visit to the Model area for the long, middle and relay. Lets hope lessons have been learned and satisfying results for all are upon us.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Training Day 3 - Relay


Today the team set off to a slightly different type of map for some training for the JWOC relay. In contrast to previous maps, this area was characterised by slightly more variation of vegetation, undulationg contours (compared to the more usual steepness), and even some marshes in and around depressions or gullies.


The exercises set by Roch involved a warm up of about 2-2.5km, followed by a few mass start intervals, but relay style with forking just to make it interesting. The area was lightning fast and a real high pace was need to keep near the front, like the JWOC relay is expected to be. But the subtleness of the contours ensured we still stayed on our toes navigationally.


Im sure all team members considered it another very useful day of training. For those of you unable to experience the wonders of the beautiful polish terrain, we have a bit of headcam footage, courtesy of Ians new headcam, for you to drool over.



If we can get the hotel internet working better we might be able to provide you with a few more videos from the past few days. Possibly not even all orienteering related.


The afternoon consisted of mainly relaxing and swimming at the hotel for the athletes.


And a trip to 'the Kalvaria' for Valerie and Aislinn who hadnt had enough walking carrying everyones drink bottles in the forest today. They walked 5k and encountered 25 little Chapels from the 17th Century.


Stay tuned for more updates tomorrow. Morning Sprint training on our only sprint map is most likely on the cards.

writed and posted by Josh.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Training Day 2



Today was spent honing the team's long distance skills. The morning saw the team filing in for an interesting breakfast spread before piling into the bus to travel to a nearby 1:15000 map. A quick relay-style sprint got the team puffing before they headed off to challenge each other on a few long route-choice legs.



The girls and boys paired up and agreed to take different route choices on 1 to 2 km legs. The excersise was enlightening in that the athletes found their route choices to take similar times regardless of which option they chose, as long as each had planned their leg in advance and had stuck to their plan. Ian and Lachy added interest by wearing Ian's new headcam, and managed to catch on film a spectacular stack by Oscar, who disappeared downhill in a cloud of leaves, dust and flailing limbs.




Returning to the hotel found the athletes stocking up on an unusual lunch (uncooked pastry with pork filling) and relaxing before Valerie dragged everyone out to see the sights of Wejherowo and visit the uneventful event centre.


Finally found a way to control Aislinn and Belinda

Posted by Aislinn

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In Poland and Training


As I finally have the internet in this Hotel mastered I am able to put some information here for the expectant few. Have had to move 3 times within the Hotel to find a position where the I am able to get a signal strong enough to log on.

As for the Team. Most managed to meet up at the Hostel in GDansk with the exceptions of Oliver, Lachlan and Krystal. They managed to meet up with the squad in Wejherowo (vay - hair- ovo) at Hotel Victoria. Some did refer to it as 'where are we O' initially but we have since been reeducated by Valerie.


GDansk from Valeries tower


After ariving at the Hotel, collecting everyone together and settling into our rooms, the team headed off for an easy run on one of the nearby maps. All are finding the terrain interesting and are excited by the prospect of competing in what, to us, seems familiar and manageable.


A couple of mishaps to report so far. One was Oscar arriving without his luggage in GDansk, fortunately it arrived at our Hotel the next day and the other was Valerie dropping the keys to her bus whilst out in the forest taking photos. After a mild panic and some frantic searching they were located on the ground at the head of a gully about 500m from the bus. PHEW!!.



Training began in earnest today(27th) with some middle distance skill training on a 1:10000 map. Map memory drills were followed by some hard and fast control picking exercises. All seemed happy and displayed good skills in the terrain( starting to sound like report writing).

Heading out to a 1:15000 map tomorrow for some long training. Lets hope the weather stays as it is. Fine, sunny and about mid to low 20's. So far so good. More to come.