Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Two or three things I know about it...



1. Santa Clara, Alameda de Cervantes, Parque del Castillo, Parque del Duero and Valonsadero are the five green spaces of the Spanish city of Soria that, from now on, are equipped with Permanent Orienteering Courses. The initiative came from the combined efforts of the Municipality of Soria, the Navaleno-O Orienteering Club and the Spanish Orienteering Federation, resulting in a set of 98 control points materialized on the ground and that allow the design of different courses in each of the spaces, appropriated for educational and playful activities. Created with the main objective of encouraging the youngsters to the practice of Orienteering, the Permanent Orienteering Courses also aims to be a basis for the training of Orienteering monitors and for the development of the sport, as much in terms of competition as in initiation. To know more, please visit the Soria Municipality's webpage, at http://www.soria.es/actualidad/el-ayuntamiento-impulsa-un-convenio-para-crear-cinco-circuitos-de-orientacion-y-la.


2. The Adapted Orienteering is the big news of the program of the Spanish Orienteering Championships, to be held this year in Portillo (Valladolid). Novelty, but also “challenge and pride”, as highlighted by Fernando Garnacho, President of Club Deportivo de Portillo in the welcome note, that can be read at http://www.ceo2015.es/_private/boletin2_CEO2015english.pdf. Intended for athletes with intellectual disabilities of permanent character, the Adapted Orienteering course will take place on Saturday afternoon, 4th April, consisting in a simple way, in urban areas, in Score system. Each athlete will have a non-disabled team-mate, to meet the inclusive aspect of this new discipline. The maximum course time is 75 minutes and the participants will be divided into two categories: those aged 16 years or more and under 16 years, without distinction of gender. The trophies to the first Spanish Champions of Adapted Orienteering will be delivered during the General Gala of the Spanish Orienteering Championships 2015, that will take place in the Acts Salon of Portillo Institute.


3. The Portuguese MTB Orienteering season started in... Spain. Sharing equally the twelve Iberian titles with the Spanish, the Portuguese MTB orienteers had an excellent presence in the 1st Trofeo Pinares MTBO 2015, held last weekend in Navaleno (Soria). Individually, the attention goes to the Portuguese Davide Machado, Duarte Lourenço and Armando Santos, winners of the Iberian titles, both in Middle Distance and Long Distance. Organized by Navaleno-O Club, the event was attended by 200 athletes. The French Baptiste Fuchs was the big winner overall in Men Elite class, while Gaëlle Barlet won the Women Elite class. Full results and further information at http://www.navaleno-orientacion.es/obm2015/noticias.html.


Joaquim Margarido

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