WOC 2017 nearly there

Seven senior athletes have been selected to represent Ireland as one of 50 nations from all over the world participating in Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships in Tartu, Estonia.

Their hard work and training will now be put to the test with the Long Distance terrain stretching over an area between the highest hill and the deepest lake of Estonia. Runnability varies from good in the coniferous forests to poor in the deciduous forests and there are only a few tracks.

The sprint races will be held in Tartu, a univeristy town, the terrain is a mix of old town and modern with mostly paved ground and a hilly park with soft ground and numerous paths.

The Irish team is made up of Olivia Baxter, Eoin McCullough, Josh O’Sullivan Hourihan, Niall Mc Carthy, Nicolas Simonin and brothers Ruairi and Conor Short , click on the name and you can check our their profiles.

The team will begin to arrive in Estonia on the 28th in preparation for the sprint qualification races.

The races will be televised live this year so you can keep up to date with our athletes. Please support our athletes via social media.

The schedule

Fri 30 June Sprint Qualification Tartu

Sat 1 July Sprint Final Tartu

Sun 2 July Sprint Relay Viljandi

Tue 4 July Long Distance Rõuge

Thu 6 July Middle Distance Elva-Vitipalu

Fri 7 July Relay Elva-Vitipalu

The Irish Orienteering community wish all of our athletes every success.