Aus Champs Opening Weekend

The Australian Championships Carnival opened with a fantastic weekend of orienteering in Renmark, SA. The unusual terrain was quite different to what we’re used to in Victoria, with the Middle and Relay champs held on a maze of eroded creekbeds on the banks of the Murray River that appeared to be like some kind of martian landscape. The Sprint was held on the kind of complicated school campuses that we love in Victoria but the course setter did a fantastic job of adding extra impassible barriers to keep us on our toes.

The “Big V’ team were up to the challenge though and put together some fantastic runs against strong fields of over 800 competitors (including a big contingent from across the ditch in NZ). Congratulations to our new national champions:

Middle (Full Results):

  • Milla Key- W12A
  • Natasha Key- W21E
  • Jenny Bourne- W60A
  • Craig Feuerherdt- M40A
  • Geoff Lawford- M55A

Relay (Full Results):

  • Lanita Steer, Aislinn Prendegast, Natasha Key- W21E
  • Carolyn Jackson, Julie Flynn, Jenny Bourne- W55
  • Amber Louw, Sophie Taverna, Jemima Bradfield Smith- WOpenB
  • Patrick Jaffe, Brody McCarthy, Aston Key- M20E
  • Fredrik Johansson, Dion Keech, Blair Trewin- M45
  • Tim Hatley, Geoff Lawford, Warren Key- M55

Sprint (Full Results):

  • Sophie Arthur- W12A
  • Jenny Bourne- W60A
  • Helen Alexander- W80A
  • Luke Feuerherdt- M12A
  • Patrick Jaffe- M20E
  • Nathan Lawson- M21E
  • Craig Feuerherdt- M40A
  • Tony Radford- M70A

The Championships Week continues with the Schools Championships events over the next few days in the Adelaide Hills. With some exceptional results over the weekend, things are looking good for the Vics and we wish them best of luck for these races!

Go the Big V!

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