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Successful Euromeeting provides test bed for WOC 2024

Preparations for WOC 2024 in Edinburgh took a massive step forward this weekend, as Euromeeting
came to Stirling, and a series of races over the world championship distances  Euromeeting
traditionally is an opportunity for the host federation to test out its preparedness for the main event,
and the mappers, planners and key organisers were keen to make their mark on what should be a
fantastic experience in Edinburgh next summer.

Proceedings opened on Friday with a Mixed Sprint Relay round the campus of Queen Victoria
School, Dunblane. The establishment was once a key venue on the local orienteering scene, but
access issues have prevented its use for several years until now, so it was great to get back out again
on what’s a fantastic Sprint area. Planner Graeme Ackland eschewed the use of half of his reserved
area, and opted instead for a tight set of courses in the grounds of the school itself, with route
choices galore and many changes of direction.

Last week’s European Championships in Italy served as the end of the season for many of the top
athletes, but there was still a star-studded cast on display, with European champions Sweden in
particular flexing their muscles with three of the top 12 athletes in the world in their team, two of
whom were omitted last week. The race was close through the first three legs. until Hanne
Lundberg produced a run for the ages on the last lap, turning an eight second gap at the change-over
into a two minute winning margin (52.43) by the end for the Swedes. There was a dramatic
conclusion to the race, as Norway was second over the line, only to initially be disqualified for a
last leg mispunch. An appeal was quickly submitted, into the proximity of two controls, and they
were reinstated before the trophy presentation, leaving France in 3rd place.

On Saturday it was the turn of the Knockout Sprint, at Stirling University, and there was more close
action to follow. An initial qualification round in the morning established the 36 runners who would
go out in the knockout phase, and there was significant British interest, as eight of the men and no
fewer than nine of the women in the GB team, many of whom have a Scottish connection, made it
into the afternoon field. The quarter-final action took athletes from the back of the university
library, across the loch and round the accommodation, before returning to the start in frantic seven
minute races. Many of the Brits were drawn into the same heat, but five emerged, including “Scots”
Freddie Carcas (Interlopers) and Eddie Narbett (AROS), as well as World champion in the
individual sprint Megan Carter-Davies (SBOC).

The action grew hotter and hotter, with only two from each semi-final progressing to the main race. 
Three more Brits fell at this stage, but Eddie and Megan both made it to the final.  Eddie was first in
action, and was prominent through the early stages of the race, which was led out by Switzerland’s
Fabian Aebersold. Sitting 2nd with 150 metres and two controls to go, Eddie was agonisingly run
out of the medals by five seconds, as Swedish duo August Mollen and Jonatan Gustafsson came
through onto the podium. Aebersold led the race from start to finish, and Stirling University is
clearly a happy hunting ground for his family, as he joins younger sister Simona, who won the JEC
Sprint here in 2017 in the Stirling champions book.

The last action of the day was the womens final, with British interest in the form of Megan Carter-
Davies. Unlike the men’s final, which splintered on the first control, the women stayed together
throughout the race, and as Tilda Ostberg (SWE) ran off the front from the midway point, the battle
was on for the silver medal. Megan was 3rd coming back into the arena to Henna Lundberg, but
injected a deal of late pace to move ahead of the Swedish athlete with 80 metres left, and she came
in with the silver medal by 2.1 seconds.

The weekend closed with the Individual Sprint in Stirling Old Town. Tilda Ostberg made it a
double for the weekend, as she won the womens race in 14.43, while top seed Yannick Michiels
headed the mens class in 14.23, with GB’s Jonny Crickmore 2nd, just seven seconds behind. Flat-track sprinters were left gasping for breath by Ross McLennan’s courses, which intriguingly were of
standard length for the class, but featured a meaty level of climb.

As well as the World Ranking races, there was a large undercard of racing for local competitors,
with a series of mass-start sprints on Friday, which proved to the the first experience of head-to-
head sprinting for many of the competitors, two more individual sprints on Saturday, and the 10th
round of the Scottish Urban Orienteering League on the final day.

The event provided a testing ground for the WOC 2024 computing team as well as the planning and controlling teams. Given the excitement of the weekend, we are all looking forward to WOC 2024. Well done to the planners Jon Cross, Graeme Ackland and Ross McLennan, the controller Tony Thornley, Andy Llewelyn, Colin Matheson and the rest of the FVO team for all their efforts.

May’s discussion focuses on the Making the Most of WOC 2024 Project

May’s Community Conversation provided those who attended an insight into why the Making the Most of WOC 2024 Report was commissioned by the Scottish Orienteering Association and the British Orienteering Federation, how the consultants Baroudeur carried out their research and the conclusions drawn as a result of the research.

For those who were unable to attend, a copy of the slides can be found here

The next Community Conversation will be the SOA AGM on 5th June 2023. Those who wish to propose any matters of business to be heard at the AGM should contact nikki@scottish-orienteering.org

With the retiral of current board members there are several board positions which the SOA are looking to fill and we ask anyone interested to speak to a current board member or contact nikki@scottish-orienteering.org The board positions available at the AGM are President, Operations Director, Development Director, Marketing and Communications Director and Equality, Welfare and Diversity Director.

Making the most of WOC 2024 – Opportunity for feedback

As part of the “Making the Most of WOC2024” project being undertaken by Baroudeur Consultancy on behalf of SOA and BOF, you are invited to join the Baroudeur team for an update on their research so far.

The team will

– Share initial insights and themes from their interviews and survey

– Give the opportunity to feed back on some early ideas and areas for development

– Update on progress, next steps and opportunities to get involved

– Finish with an opportunity to ask questions

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Working With Baroudeur

We are delighted to announce that Scottish Orienteering and British Orienteering have appointed Baroudeur Consultancy to lead on the ‘Making The Most of WOC 2024’ project. The initial project phase is 6 months to allow for scoping and consultation to identify opportunities and also create a delivery plan towards July 2024 and beyond. Some of the SOA staff and Board met with Baroudeur in Edinburgh earlier this week to identify key stakeholders and agree on the time lines of the project.

More details on the project brief are available here

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View from the Chair

Keith Dawson, SOA Chair

When I started orienteering 47 years ago I had no idea of the riches the sport would gift to me. I honestly cannot imagine my life without this wonderful sport of ours. I will be forever grateful to the two sixth form teachers who introduced me to the sport and then further encouraged me. The experiences of places visited, races and events completed, events planned and organised, forests mapped and athletes coached. A motivation to keep fit, the great people I have met, the sense of club community and of course the great fun, have all enriched my life beyond measure.

Having been a member of clubs in four different countries, and orienteered in over thirty, I know that wherever I travel in the world I can find a community of like minded people with whom I can share and enjoy the fun. How do you feel Orienteering has enriched your life? To introduce a newcomer to our sport and encourage them is a wonderful timeless gift to bestow.

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