Saturday, March 21, 2015

Skol Sprinten: Swedish Orienteering wants its name in the Guiness World Book of Records


The Swedish orienteers are working hard in a development project to the youngsters and that includes, among several goals, the organization of a big national Orienteering journey. The initiative is scheduled to 11th May 2016, when 250,000 children will participate in Orienteering activities all over the country. A number that, if confirmed, will be a new record in the Guinness World Book of Records.


Seen as one of the most important initiatives for the development of Orienteering in schools and Orienteering clubs, the “Skol Sprinten” is under way in Sweden. Starting as a pilot project led by Göran Andersson, with the cooperation of Dalaportens OL and eleven primary schools of Avesta, the “Skol Sprinten” intends to involve as many schools and clubs as possible, increasing the number of members of the School Sport Federation by 20 to 25% within three years.

“One of our most important tasks as adults is to encourage our children to keep physical activity both in school and in leisure time”, says Göran Andersson on his website at http://www.byorienteering.se/. For the project's mentor, “one of the goals should be to increase the number of students who get the chance to try out and practice Orienteering, as under the topic “Sport and Health” as an after school activity, through the school sports associations and the local Orienteering clubs”, he says.


Main goals

Structured in a horizon of three years, the project includes the implementation, during 2015, of 2000 sprint maps in parks and areas around the schools. In the meanwhile, from an original idea by Göran Andersson and with production by SILVA, is now available the publication "Cool, Awesome and Educational!", that can be found at http://np.netpublicator.com/netpublication/n03791623. This is a very important tool for teachers and students, showing them how exciting and fun Orienteering can be. The “Skol Sprinten” also intends to organize a competition at various stages - from local to national -, in a Sprint Mixed Relay format (two boys and two girls in each team), aimed to children from the ages of 7 to 9. The national final will take place in Strömstad, during the 32nd edition of the World Orienteering Championships, from August 20th to 27th, 2016.

But the media's attention to the project has to do, mainly, with the attempt to get the name in the Guinness World Book of Records, with the participation of 250.000 children in a great Orienteering journey throughout Sweden, to be held on May 11th, 2016. This initiative aims to replace the previous maximum established by the Swiss Orienteering Association, when 207.979 children of 1,381 of the country's schools participated simultaneously in Orienteering activities on May 23rd, 2003. This record is available on the Guinness World Book of Records' official website, at http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-participants-in-an-orienteering-event-%28multi-venue%29.

Joaquim Margarido

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