Photos (L to R): Grace Crane, Shannon Jones, Champion Club Trophy
Many Canberra orienteers enjoyed success at the 2022 AUS 3-Days over Easter in forests adjacent to Kingaroy, Queensland. The full results for all age classes are here. Two notable achievements are highlighted in the following paragraphs.
Some Mothers Do Have IT!
Two 40-something mothers of three children each, CBR Cockatoos Senior Women’s captain, Grace Crane, and fellow Cockatoo team member, Shannon Jones, were the top finishers in the Women’s Elite division of the 2022 AUS 3-Days (which included a prologue) staged in forests adjacent to Kingaroy over Easter. Crane’s total time for the four races was 3 hrs 15 mins 43 sec, with Jones a further 12 min and 16 sec behind her. They are also spearheading the Cockatoos defence of their National League team title. The Cockatoos have won all nine races so far this year and seem certain to wrap up the title in the final two races on the Gold Coast on the weekend. Crane also has a substantial, probably unassailable, lead in the Senior Women’s division. The full standings of the 2022 National League after nine races are here.
Canberra’s Red Roos Australia’s Top Club, Again
Canberra’s Red Roos won the Australian Champion Club competition over Easter. The competition, which includes entries from over 50 clubs from throughout Australia, is based on the results of 50 age classes of the AUS 3-Days, which, in 2022, was held in forests adjacent to Kingaroy. Since the competition began in 1984, the Red Roos have won the title 13 times, in all States and the ACT, except WA, with no other club coming close to matching the number of Red Roos’ victories.