The Irish team departed for JWOC in Switzerland last Friday.
The team are:
W20: Aoife Mc Cavana, Caoimhe O’Boyle, Roisin Long
M20: Jonathan Quinn, Paul Pruzina, Peter Meehan
Leaders Niamh O’Boyle and Mike Long
We wish the team the best of luck and you can follow their progress on www.jwoc2016.ch
The Junior World Orienteering Championships kicked offon Sunday morning with the sprint event around the streets of Scuol. Admist soaring temperatures and steep slopes, the Irish team delivered a solid team performance. Roisin’s 46th place was the highlight, with Jonathan 71st, Paul 81st, Caoimhe 98th and Peter 101st. Home nation Switzerland took both gold medals.
The Irish juniors had good performances in the long distance race in the high Swiss mountains on Tuesday. The main challenges were route choice, steep slopes and high altitude. Paul had a fantastic run and was very pleased to finish 83rd in the men’s race, whilst Roisin and Caoimhe (84th and 90th) did well in the women’s. Jonathan (134th) and Peter (146th) found the conditions tough. Aoife had a great start but unfortunately hurt her ankle badly on the slopes between 4 and 5 and had to abandon – wishing her a quick recovery. Joey Hadorn (Switzerland) and Anna Haataja (Finland) won the individual titles. The men’s podium (positions 1-6) was exactly the same for the long as the sprint.
Yesterday was a rest day and today is the middle distance qualification race.
Good luck to all our runners!
All results, maps and gps here
Thanks to Wendy Carlyle for pictures.