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Nominations Called for 2019 ACT Schools Team

Every year Orienteering ACT selects a team to represent the Territory in the Australian Schools Championships and wider Australian Championships Carnival.

Up to 20 high school students – junior girls and boys (15 and under), and senior girls and boys – will be selected to compete in the Australian Schools Championships in individual and relay races.

In 2019 this will be conducted by Orienteering ACT in NSW and Victoria from 28 September – 6 October. The Schools Championship events are around Wagga Wagga, NSW. The Championships are being run as part of the Oceania 2019 Orienteering Carnival.

Can I be in the Team?

To be eligible for selection you must:

  1. Attend school in the ACT OR be a member of an ACT club. Students must turn 12 years of age or older in the year of the competition.
  2. Be a current member of Orienteering ACT.
  3. Nominate no later than 11.59pm Wednesday 3 April 2019. Late Nominations may be accepted at the discretion of the Selection Panel Convenor.

Selection Trials

  1. SUNDAY 7 April: AL#3 Badja near Cooma (Long Distance)
  2. SUNDAY 12 May: Narrabundah Hill Teams event (Mass start loop, Middle Distance)
  3. SUNDAY 23 June: AL#7 Kowen Forest (Middle Distance)
  4. SUNDAY 21 July: AL#8 Tidbinbilla (Long Distance)
  5. SATURDAY 27 July: JL#10 University of Canberra (Sprint Distance)

Nominees are expected to participate in all five of the selection events if possible.

Detailed information, including full selection criteria, is available here.

The selectors are:

  • Toni Brown (Convenor)
  • Gareth Candy
  • Mace Neve
  • Kathie Dent

What does being in the Team Involve?

The Team travels and stays together. They compete for the ACT in seven events – Australian Schools Sprint, Long and Relay Championships and the wider Australian Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay Championships.

The Team will be accommodated with the other State Teams & New Zealand Teams with meals included. Suitably qualified adults accompany them – all volunteers.

How do I nominate?

Nominate via Eventor (Event listed 7 April 2019).

How can I prepare?

Attendance at as many orienteering events as possible is strongly recommended for the best opportunity for strong and consistent results.

Events include training events/activities which are regularly provided by OACT, and at several schools around Canberra, and running events (eg parkrun, athletics, fun runs, rogaines).

In advance of the first selection event on 7 April, potential nominees are encouraged to participate in:
ACT Sprint Distance Championships at West Deakin on Saturday 16 March, the ACT League event at The Gib near Braidwood on Sunday 17 March and the Haig Park event on Sunday 24 March.

Visit Eventor for full details on these and other events. NOTE: ACT Sprint Distance is pre-entry.

What if I nominate and don’t make the Team?

All orienteers are welcome at the Oceania 2019 Orienteering Carnival whether in a selected team or not.

Entry for every event is open to all – just like a fun run. There are classes to suit all ages, skill and fitness levels.

Parents and siblings can attend and participate in the Carnival.

A Junior Invitational Tour will run concurrently with the Carnival.
This tour is designed for juniors and their families, offering a camp style experience for those that either miss out on selection or choose not to nominate. This camp has a focus on fun and development. Enter via Eventor.