World Schools’ Orienteering Championships 2015

Report from Antalya, Turkey

Great performances from Scottish Schools team
The Scottish Schools Orienteering team headed for sunny Turkey on the 17th April to take part in the week long ISF World Schools Orienteering Championships. This was the largest Scotland team to travel overseas for the biennial event with 32 pupils travelling in total.

30th Apr 15

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The Scottish Schools Orienteering team headed for sunny Turkey on the 17th April to take part in the week long ISF World Schools Orienteering Championships. This was the largest Scotland team to travel overseas for the biennial event with 32 pupils travelling in total.

Pupils from as far as China and New Zealand were based at the Queens Park Resort, Tekirova and after the opening ceremony the teams spent the first two days training in the unfamiliar Antalya terrain.

Kicking off with the Long Distance event on Monday it was Grace Molloy(FVO) from Mary Erskine School who won the team’s first Gold Medal - W2 National Select Category, for Scotland, completing an fine run of 4.3 km in a time of 40.09 minutes, beating second placed Austrian Elena Zeiner by over 6 minutes.

Next up Alex Carcas (INT) from George Heriot School came in an impressive second place for Silver in the M1 School category, beaten by only 12 seconds over the 5.6km course.

Third fastest time for the W2 School category was Eilidh Campbell (MAROC) from Banchory Academy and another top 10 result was achieved by Jake Chapman (MAROC) of Banchory Academy in 7th place, finishing just 3m33s after the winning time in the M2 School race.

Wednesday was the Middle Distance race at Beycik. Again a very technical and rocky area with varying visibility and steep climbs, however the Scots had obviously become accustomed to their surroundings and returned some top quality results.

In the M2 School Category, Banchory Academy pupils dominated with Gold for Jake Chapman, second place for Silver was John Getliff (MAROC) and in fourth place was Joe Wright (MAROC). Jake’s unbeatable time of 23.47 made him Scotland’s first male Scottish World Schools Orienteering Champion.

The excitement continued as Grace Molloy became Scotland’s first double World School Orienteering Champion by again breezing into first place in a time of 27.03 over a distance of 2.6km despite making a couple of errors on her course. Eilidh Shearer (ECKO), Oban High School was 5th and Jura McMillan(ECKO), Lochgilphead High School was 6th in the W2 Scotland Select.

Another great run from Eilidh Campbell gave her the second fastest time of the W2 School Category. A special presentation was made to Eilidh for her two impressive performances. As a result of having an incomplete team due to illness she was non-competitive in both her races and hence not eligible for medals.

The third day of competition was the Friendship Team event, an urban race around the town of Kemer on the shores of the Mediterranean. Claire Stansfield (FVO and Dunblane High School) made it into the prizes in 2nd place with her Latvian and Portugese teammates whilst Kirstin Maxwell (RR) went one better in the coaches race taking the top spot with Solvenian and Belgian colleagues.

At the closing ceremony on Thursday (23 April) the M2 Banchory Academy boys, together with coach Roger Coombs (MAROC), stood on the podium once again, to collect their Gold medals for winning the age category.

Other Scotland Team results were M2 National Select 8th, W2 National Select 2nd fastest team time but non-competitive. In the older age group, our W1 National Select Team finished 4th, W1 School 8th and M1 National Select 13th.

The teams would like to thank Blair Young - Head of Delegation and the team coaches Roger Coombs, Kirstin Maxwell and Lynn Young.

Every single member of the team did fantastically well and we are very proud of them!

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World Schools Champions 2015 Banchory Academy, Credit:Roger Coombs

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Scottish Team, Credit:Roger Coombs

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Cultural evening, Credit:Roger Coombs

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Jenny Ricketts, Credit:Roger Coombs

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Jake Chapman, Credit:Roger Coombs

Jake Chapman (Full size)

Grace Malloy Gold W2 Long, Credit:Roger Coombs

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W2 Middle podium, Credit:Roger Coombs

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Jake Chapman Gold M2 Middle, Credit:Roger Coombs

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