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Sprinting Through Dublin: A Weekend of Intensive Orienteering Training

Over the weekend, the national squad of Orienteering Ireland convened in Dublin for an intensive sprint camp aimed at sharpening their skills and refining their strategies. From Friday night through Sunday, the athletes immersed themselves in a series of challenging training sessions designed to mimic the intensity and precision required at the highest levels of competition.

Friday Night: Setting the Pace

The camp kicked off on Friday night with a burst of energy as the squad delved into a general orienteering sprint training session. Taking place in the picturesque setting of Castleknock, Dublin, athletes navigated through a course designed to replicate the format of the Orienteering World Championships. It was a chance for the team to shake off any rust and reacquaint themselves with the intricacies of sprint orienteering.

Under the guidance of their coach, the athletes tackled a variety of terrain, honing their map-reading skills and decision-making abilities under pressure. The atmosphere was charged with anticipation as the squad embraced the opportunity to push themselves to their limits right from the outset.

Saturday Morning: Precision and Technique

As the sun rose on Saturday morning, the focus shifted to the technical aspects of sprint orienteering. The squad gathered at the UCD grounds for four intensive training intervals, each designed to challenge their ability to make optimal route choices in fast-paced environments.

With a keen eye on efficiency and precision, athletes navigated through complex courses, constantly assessing the terrain and adjusting their strategies on the fly. Every decision mattered as they worked to minimize time lost and maximize speed.

Saturday Afternoon: Mastering Route Choices

In the afternoon, attention turned to perfecting route choices as the squad ventured to Applewood, Dublin for another round of training. With a focus on achieving a 90% success rate in route choices, athletes pushed themselves to the limit, pushing through fatigue and mental barriers to maintain focus and accuracy.

The training session served as a valuable opportunity for the team to fine-tune their decision-making processes, identifying strengths and weaknesses in their approach and implementing strategies for improvement.

Saturday Night: Analysis and Strategy

As the sun set on Saturday evening, the squad reconvened for a training analysis session and a knockout sprint runners choice exercise at the Sport Ireland campus. It was a chance for athletes to reflect on their performances throughout the day, identifying areas of progress and areas for further development.

Under the guidance of the coaching staff, the team dissected their routes and decision-making processes, seeking insights that would inform their strategies for the upcoming competitions. The knockout sprint exercise added an element of unpredictability, challenging athletes to think on their feet and adapt to changing circumstances.

Sunday: Putting It All Together

The final day of the camp saw the senior team put their skills to the test in a series of knockout sprint-style qualifications and finals simulations. Venturing to Skerries and Rush, Dublin, athletes faced off against each other in a high-stakes environment, pushing themselves to the limit in pursuit of victory.

With a focus on maximum speed and precise control, athletes navigated through challenging courses, drawing on their training and experience to make split-second decisions and execute flawless routes. It was a chance for the team to showcase their progress and readiness for the upcoming Irish championships.

Team Collaboration and Preparation

Throughout the weekend, the national squad demonstrated not only their individual talent but also their ability to work together as a cohesive unit. The involvement of the entire senior team in planning different courses, under the guidance of the High-Performance Manager, highlighted the collective effort and commitment to excellence that defines the squad.

This training camp was more than just an opportunity for individual athletes to improve their skills—it was a crucial step in the team’s preparation for the challenges ahead. With the Irish championships looming just three weeks away, the camp served as a vital opportunity for the national team to fine-tune their preparations and solidify their plans for success.

Looking Ahead

As the squad departs Dublin and returns to their respective training bases, they do so with a renewed sense of purpose and determination. The weekend’s intensive training camp has provided them with the tools and confidence they need to tackle the upcoming competitions head-on.

With their sights set on World Championship selection, the national squad of Orienteering Ireland remains focused and driven, ready to take on whatever challenges lie ahead. As they continue their journey towards excellence, one thing is certain: the spirit of determination and camaraderie that defines this team will carry them through to victory.

Acknowledgements and Thanks

As the national squad of Orienteering Ireland concludes their intensive training camp in Dublin, it’s important to extend heartfelt thanks to those who made it all possible. The success of the weekend would not have been possible without the dedication and expertise of the course planners, whose meticulous planning and thoughtful design ensured that athletes were challenged and inspired at every turn.

A special note of gratitude goes to Paul Pruzina, Jens Waechter, Kevin O’Boyle, and Conor Short for their invaluable contributions to the training camp. Their passion for the sport and commitment to excellence shone through in every aspect of the weekend’s activities, guiding athletes towards new heights of achievement.

Additionally, a big thank you is owed to Fingal Orienteers for graciously allowing the national squad to use their maps for the training sessions. Their generosity and support are deeply appreciated and played a vital role in the success of the camp.

Josh O’Sullivan-Hourihan deserves special recognition for his contributions in supplying pictures and videos throughout the training camp. His efforts in capturing the essence of the weekend’s activities not only provided valuable documentation but also served as a source of inspiration and motivation for the athletes.

Lastly, a word of thanks to High Performance Manager Jens Waechter for his tireless efforts in organizing and overseeing the training camp. His leadership and guidance were instrumental in ensuring that the weekend ran smoothly and that athletes had everything they needed to excel.

As the squad reflects on their experiences in Dublin and prepares to take on the challenges that lie ahead, they do so with a profound sense of gratitude for the support and expertise of those who helped make the training camp a resounding success.

Jens Waechter, High Performance Manager, Orienteering Ireland

Orienteering Ireland’s Sprint Training Camp in Dublin: A Weekend Uniting Nations

Orienteering Ireland’s recent Sprint Training Camp in Dublin transcended borders, bringing together participants from the Belgian National Team, the Irish Senior Team, and talented Irish Juniors. This unique blend of international and local talent added an extra layer of excitement to an already thrilling weekend of skill development and competition.

Day 1: Multinational Gathering and Nighttime Sprint Intervals

The camp kicked off with a diverse group of participants eager to enhance their sprint orienteering prowess. The Belgian National Team, known for its elite athletes, joined forces with the Irish Senior Team and promising Irish Juniors. The collective energy set the stage for an inclusive and enriching weekend.

Sprint Intervals at Grand Canal Docks

The first evening brought a unique twist to the training camp, as participants engaged in sprint intervals at night in Dublin’s Grand Canal Docks. The illuminated cityscape provided a stunning backdrop as athletes navigated through the urban environment, honing their skills under challenging conditions. The combination of darkness and the city’s vibrant atmosphere added an extra layer of excitement to the training, setting the tone for the weekend’s dynamic experiences.

Day 2: International Competition and Technical Challenges

Morning Training at Bayside:

Saturday morning featured a dedicated training session at Dublin’s Bayside, focusing on sprint qualification-style training. Participants delved into specific techniques and strategies essential for navigating and excelling in sprint qualification courses. Coaches tailored the session to address the varied needs of the international group, providing valuable insights for both seasoned orienteers and rising talents.

Afternoon Sprint Final Simulation at Tyrrelstown:

The afternoon saw participants shifting their focus to Dublin’s Tyrrelstown, where a Sprint Final Simulation awaited. This challenging course simulated the intensity and pressure of a sprint orienteering final, allowing athletes to refine their skills and tactics in a competitive setting. The simulation served as a crucial preparation step for participants aiming to apply their learnings in real-time situations.

Evening Analysis at Sport Ireland’s Headquarters

Saturday evening brought a reflective atmosphere as participants gathered at Sport Ireland’s Headquarters to analyze the training sessions so far. Coaches and athletes engaged in a comprehensive discussion, breaking down the day’s activities and evaluating individual and collective performances. The Belgian stars, renowned for their expertise in orienteering, added invaluable insights, contributing to a deeper understanding of the sport’s nuances and strategies.

Race Simulations and Technical Analysis:

Following the sprint final simulation, race simulations and technical analysis sessions continued to play a pivotal role in the day’s agenda. The Belgian and Irish teams collaborated, exchanging experiences and feedback, further enhancing the depth of understanding and camaraderie among the participants.

Day 3: International Collaboration and Recap

Sunday Morning Long Leg Training in Temple Bar and Grafton Quarter:

The morning of the final day was dedicated to long leg training, focusing on route choices in Dublin’s historic Temple Bar and Grafton Quarter. Athletes explored the intricate network of streets, squares, and landmarks, refining their decision-making skills for long legs. The historic setting added a cultural dimension to the training, showcasing the diversity of orienteering challenges.

Sunday Afternoon Knockout Sprint in Lusk:

The training camp concluded with an exhilarating Knockout Sprint in Dublin’s Lusk area. Athletes faced off in a series of head-to-head races, navigating through the terrain with speed and precision. The knockout format added an extra layer of intensity to the competition, providing a thrilling conclusion to a weekend filled with orienteering excellence.

Acknowledgments

As the training camp wrapped up, heartfelt thanks were extended to key contributors. Josh, responsible for mapping and support, played a crucial role in creating challenging and dynamic courses. Fingal Orienteers’ support was essential in facilitating the various training locations, contributing to the overall success of the camp. Special recognition was also given to Jens, Orienteering Ireland’s High-Performance Manager, for his heavy involvement and dedication to the development of the athletes. Special thanks also goes to Jeremy (Belgium) as all the courses were planned by him. He is the head organiser for EOC 2025 along with the ASOM races.

Orienteering Ireland’s Sprint Training Camp in Dublin not only elevated the sport’s skill development but also united the Belgian National Team, Irish Senior Team, and Irish Juniors in a celebration of orienteering excellence. From the nighttime sprint intervals at Grand Canal Docks to the specific training sessions at Bayside, the Sprint Final Simulation at Tyrrelstown, and the diverse challenges of Temple Bar and Grafton Quarter, the weekend showcased the participants’ adaptability and determination. The knockout sprint in Lusk provided a thrilling conclusion to a weekend filled with orienteering excitement. Heartfelt gratitude was extended to all contributors, including Josh, Fingal Orienteers, and Jens, whose support and expertise played a pivotal role in the success of the training camp. As athletes returned to their respective nations, they carried not only enhanced skills but also a sense of camaraderie that transcends borders—a testament to the unifying power of orienteering.

Please show your support and follow our Elite on social media:

Josh ( Instagram ) : @joshoshourihan, @joshoshmapping

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Jens – High Performance Manager, Orienteering Ireland

Senior Squad selection policyTeam IrelandWorld Orienteering Championships, Edinburgh 2024

We, the selectors and High Performance Manager, are excited to announce the selection policy WOC 2024 for the Senior Orienteering Team Ireland. 

This endeavor aims to assemble a team of skilled athletes who will proudly represent our nation in upcoming competitions.

 It is imperative that all eligible athletes, current members of the Junior and Senior teams, thoroughly review the criteria to understand the expectations and requirements. 

 The comprehensive criteria for selection have been outlined in the PDF document.

 The selection process is a testament to our commitment to excellence, and we encourage every eligible athlete to participate actively.

 Your dedication and passion for orienteering are vital in shaping the success of Team Ireland.

 As the venue for the IOC Sprint has now been confirmed, please observe the immediate embargo on the IOC ‘24 sprint venue/area.

We look forward to witnessing the outstanding talents within our team and assembling a formidable Senior Orienteering Team Ireland. 

HERE IS THE SENIOR ORIENTEERING NATIONAL TEAM 2024

Now it is clear what the national team in orienteering in 2024 look like.

After a top season in 2023, the national team is now aiming for next year’s sprint WC in Scotland and forest EOC in Hungary, and the World Cup season with four rounds. 

There are small changes in the national team squads after the successful 2023 season. 

We are delighted to have Juniors that have moved up and a few athletes re-joining the team.

New to the squad are :

Laurence Quinn

Jonathan Quinn

Conall Whelan

Eoghan Whelan

Niamh Corbett 

Liam Cotter

Women

Róisín Long

Niamh Corbett

Aoife O’Sullivan

Clodagh Moran

Aoife McCavana

Eadoin McCavana

Niamh O’Boyle 

Men 

Paul Pruzina

Cílín Corbett

Colm Moran

Eoghan Whelan 

Josh O’Sullivan – Hourihan

Kevin O’Boyle

Liam Cotter

Laurence Quinn

Conor Short

Aidan McCullough

Jonathan Quinn

Conall Whelan

Ruairi Short

Sprint WC 2024 in Scotland

July 12 sprint

July 14 sprint relay

July 16 knockout sprint

World Cup 2024

Round 1 in Switzerland

May 24 qualifying knockout sprint

May 25 knockout sprint finals

May 26 sprint

Round 2 in Italy

June 1 sprint

June 2 sprint relay

Round 3 in Hungary with forest EOC

August 17 middle distance

August 18 long distance

August 20 relay

Round 4 in Finland

September 26 long distance

September 28 middle distance

September 29 relay

Time for European Championships in fast Italian terrain

The international orienteering season will come to an intense end, when the European Orienteering Championships and World Cup Round 3 are decided over three sprint races in northern Italy in the coming days.

Verona, Soave and Vicenza in Italy’s Veneto region host a Sprint, a Sprint Relay and a Knock-Out Sprint respectively.

All three terrains offer flat and fast orienteering – primarily on hard surface in the historic cities with some park and open areas along the way.

If you are not travelling to Italy to follow races at the arenas, there will be a high quality TV-production on IOF TV from all finals at EOC.

IOF’s experienced commentators Katherine Bett and Jonas Merz will guide you through the races in English.

Find start lists, results, maps and GPS-tracking at IOF LIVE

Good luck to our Irish Team runners Niamh, Eadaoin, Alice, Colm and Josh. They are looked after by Paul for the trip.
You follow our team in Instagram here.

EOC and World Cup Round 3 Program
All times CEST (UTC +2)

Wednesday, October 4
Sprint, Verona

08.45 Sprint Qualification first start

14.30 Sprint Final First start

14.30 – 17.00 IOF TV Broadcast


Friday, October 6
Sprint Relay, Soave

15.30 – 17.00 IOF TV Broadcast

15.45 Sprint Relay start


Sunday, October 8
Knock-Out Sprint, Vicenza

8.30 KO Sprint Qualification first start

12.25 KO Sprint Quarterfinals start

14.00 – 16.00 IOF TV Broadcast

Senior Home Internationals 2023 – Team Selection

Congratulation to all selected for the Senior Home international 2023.

Women:

Clodagh Moran

Aoife McCavana

Aoife O’Sullivan

Eadaoin McCavana

Sarah Knight

Men:

Eoghan Whelan

Liam Cotter

Aidan McCullough

George Savell

Laurence Quinn

Cillin Corbett

Colm Moran

Ruairi Short

We are wishing all athletes best of luck this weekend 9th/10th September at Merthyr Common South & Clydach Terrace, organised by SWOC, in Wales.

Senior Squad Sprint Camp – Dublin – Recipe

“Team cook” : Josh O’Sullivan-Hourihan

Ingredients:

  • Days: 4
  • Maps: 9
  • Controls: 162
  • Average kms: 80km – 92km
  • Helpers: 3
  • Course Planners: 8, 6 internationals
  • Photographers: 1
  • Juniors: 2, 1 international
  • Fun: to much to count

Day 1:

Day one saw 3 athletes on a training course designed by Anton from Sweden to kick off the training weekend. Great route choices kept the athletes thinking on their feet … pardon the pun.

Day 2:

Today the “cook” dished out a knock-out sprint simulation with different maps of different areas. It included correct time delays between qualification, quarter final, semi final and final. It was to mimic WOC sprint timing between knock-out events. Course Planner was Kevin O’Boyle for the quali and quarter final events who put a lot of thought into the planning with interesting route choices that encouraged great discussions.

The afternoon training block saw courses planned by one of Ukraine’s national team runners Olena for the semi final and final events. And boy were the stakes raised. Like in WOC and EOC races, the athletes had 20 seconds to look at route choices before the mass start.

Day 3:

After very intensive day 2 the team had a slightly “easier ” day. The morning saw a gaffled sprint interval training and the course at Dublin’s dockland was set this time by Warre, a Belgium national team runner.

The afternoon had the team training a line-O designed by Matthias, national team runner from Austria, before a fast sprint style training set by Kerstin, national team runner from Estonia.

Day 4:

And to finish the training camp, the team had two final task. At this point desert was served by the “cook” with a cherry on top. The team headed to Tempelbar & Grafton Quarter for another sprint style training and to leave everything “out there”. The course was set by Leo from Holper&Zapf course planning . The team delivered once again with some very fast foot speed.

And finally the afternoon was planned by the High Performance Manager Jens himself. This rounded up a very successful and first team sprint training.

Wrapping up:

My profound thanks goes to the “cook” for the training weekend Josh. The team piggy backed on his training, that he planned for himself.

I am also thankful to Donore Harriers to lend us their clubhouse for a team debrief and analysis evening. Josh is a member of that club and got permission.

I want to mention Ruairi ( currently injured ) who helped out and gave the team his insight on WOC this year, thank you. Not to forget Kevin, he not only planned courses but made himself available to train and support.

Finally, I can not wait to have many more of these trainings that are conceived & organised by other members of the senior squad.

Please help support our team and all the other internationals who planned and designed training for the team. It helps our national team to reach out and connect to other orienteering nations and their teams for future endeavours.

Jens | High Performance Manager | Orienteering Ireland

European Orienteering Championships 2023 Orienteering Ireland Team Announcement

EOC 2023 logo

The High Performance Manager and Orienteering Ireland are delighted to announce the athletes selected to represent Ireland at the European Orienteering Championships (EOC) in Italy from the 1st-8th of October 2023.

Ladies: Aoife O’Sullivan, Aoife McCavana, Eadaoin McCavana and Niamh O’Boyle.

Men: Kevin O’Boyle and Josh O’Sullivan-Hourihan

Team Official: Paul O’Sullivan-Hourihan

Orienteering Ireland would like to wish all the athletes the very best of luck at the Championships.


Jens – High Performance Manager

WOC starting July 12th

The Irish Team is ready and super excited to start WOC 2023 in Flims/Laax, Switzerland.
Last preparation were completed today.

A big “thank you” to Ruth who has become our Team Official last minute.

You can follow the senior squad almost live on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/irishorienteeringsquad/

You can find all the latest updates on WOC here .
And of course for some in-depth analysis why not pop over to world of O.

And finally, may I introduce the athletes. Good luck to you all and have fun out there.

Jens | High Performance Manager

Name: Clodagh Moran

Instagram: @clodaghmoran

Age: 23

Hometown: Dublin

Currently living: Leaving Gothenburg, going to Frankfurt

Club: @3rockorienteering
@goteborgmajornaok
@orienteeringucd

No. WOCs: 2

2023 events: Middle, Long

What do you think of the WOC terrain: Hardddd. So much detail, really fun but will be tricky

Favourite biscuit: Custard Creams

Orienteering strength: Open mountain

Favourite Map/Terrain: Sand dunes

Result most proud of: JK W10 Bronze

Favourite Irish mountain: Djouce

Name: Paul Pruzina

Instagram: @ppruzina

Age: 26

Hometown: Comber, Down

Currently living: travelling for the summer, moving to Cambridge in September

Club: LVO, @real_drongo@ifklidingosok

No. WOCs: 2

2023 events: Middle, Relay

What do you think of the WOC terrain: Really nice terrains, lots of detail to make it tricky. Some fast running but other places to really slow down and get things right

Favourite biscuit: Digestive cream

Orienteering strength: All-rounder. Not the fastest or the best navigator, but pretty OK at both

Favourite Map/Terrain: Fontainebleau, France

Result most proud of: JK 2011 mini relay gold

Favourite Irish mountain: Sliabh Liag. Lovely mountain with fantastic cliffs and some nice scrambling if you’re up for it.

Name: Ruairi Short

Instagram: @ruairishort

Age: 34

Hometown: Blessington, Wicklow

Currently living: Dublin

Club(s): @cnocorienteers , @oklinne

No. WOCs: 8

2023 events: Middle, Relay

What do you think of the WOC terrain: Very interesting detailed areas which will provide some great technical courses. Thick enough forest in places too so having the confidence to push through it will be key.

Favourite biscuit: Mikado

Orienteering strength: Navigation

Favourite Map/Terrain: Lunsen, Uppsala, Sweden

Result most proud of: JHI 2007 M18 1st

Favourite Irish mountain: Diamond Hill, Connemara. Great childhood memories from climbing it many summers.

Name: Colm Moran

Instagram: @colmmemaybe_yo

Age: 30

Hometown: Dublin

Currently living: Edinburgh

Club: @3rockorienteering@interlopersedinburgh

No. WOCs: 5

2023 events: Middle, Long, Relay

What do you think of the WOC terrain: A fascinating blend of vague hillside and intricate rock detail, fun.

Favourite biscuit: Fox’s Golden Crunch

Orienteering strength: contours – nothing else matters

Favourite Map/Terrain: Aveyron limestone (Les Bouzigasses)

Result most proud of: WUOC 2016 Beer Relay Gold

Favourite Irish mountain: Big Gun (An Gunna Mór)

Orienteering Ireland Selection Announcement World Championships 2023, Flims & Laax Switzerland

Orienteering Ireland is delighted to announce the athletes selected to represent Ireland at the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Switzerland from the 11th-16th of July 2023.

Middle Distance

Ladies: Clodagh Moran

Men: Paul Pruzina,Colm Moran & Ruairi Short

Reserve: Laurence Quinn

Long Distance

Ladies: Clodagh Moran

Men: Colm Moran
Reserve: Paul Pruzina

Relay Men

Colm Moran, Ruairi Short, Paul Pruzina

Orienteering Ireland would like to wish all the athletes the very best of luck at the Championships.
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the selectors for this years WOC.

Jens – High Performance Manager

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