Well, what a successful event in Switzerland! The British Junior Orienteering team consisted of 12 athletes who had been selected to compete in specific disciplines: Sprint, Long, Middle & Relay.
The start of the week brought a combination of hot weather & high altitude which had a significant effect on the athletes, but top 20 positions were still achieved and a requirement to secure future funding for this Development Team. In addition to this Cooler weather conditions (more like Scottish temperatures!) for the Middle qualifier possibly helped 7 members of the team reach the final. The last day always hosts the Relay event which produced exciting racing & multiple mentions of the GB teams as they maintained good positions for their team mates to follow.
By the end of the event there were 3 top twenty individual performances including podium positions for Megan in the Middle event and the female Relay team. All four relay teams finished within the top twenty teams – a great result!!
Full results can be found here.
As well as the excitement of traveling abroad to compete, the scenery was absolutely beautiful with high mountains, blue sky (mostly!) and tumbling rivers. Possible kayaking holiday venue noted!
I was very relieved that over the course of the trip the worst injuries to deal with were a slightly sprained ankle and a swollen knee after making contact with a rock – both minor issues that with the correct treatment allowed the athletes to fully participate in their races without any impact on their performance.
A great first trip with the team & hopefully more to come in the future!!