Currabinny Training Synopsis- Junior Squad

Thanks again to Tony and Liam, and older Juniors for their help with the training last Sunday in Currabinny.

Please find below Tony’s synopsis:

The training began with some basic instruction on the use of a compass for the youngest of the 11 juniors
The not-so-young juniors jumped straight in and proceeded with the exercises which were focused on off-path navigation.

CurrabinnyTraining.Route Choice

The main aim was to follow vegetation changes and other linear features but occasional use of the compass was also required.
A number of experienced orienteers followed the younger orienteers to keep them on track (Thanks especially to Liam O’Brien and Brendan Wall).
There were 5 of these exercises – one basic and four not-so-basic although none would be described as easy.

CurrabinnyTraining.Navigation South

The purpose of the first afternoon exercise was to experience the difference between fast and slow route choices.
This was accomplished by doing a short course with 2 marked route choices for each leg.
One junior of each pair went on each leg and waited for the other at the next control and both then accounted for the difference in speed (mostly due to the difference between the short complicated route and the longer simpler alternative).

CurrabinnyTraining.Navigation East
Some pairs of juniors repeated the course but each did the alternate route choice the next time.
The final exercise was a corridor course for the more experienced juniors.
They were joined by some of the older juniors who had competed in the colour-coded courses which were held earlier that day.

CurrabinnyTraining.Corridor
The aim of this exercise was to navigate primarily by direction and to stay on target by picking off the few features which were on the corridor.