Friday, April 24, 2015

Two or three things I know about it...

1. With five individual gold medals, Sweden was the big name of the ISF World Schools Championships Orienteering 2015, which took place throughout the week at Antalya (Turkey). The Nordic set also reached three silver medals and five bronze medals, individually, as collectively won two gold medals, one silver and one bronze. Scotland, with three individual gold medals and a collective gold medal, Austria with two individual gold medals and two collective gold medals and Latvia, with two individual gold medals are also countries of reference in this 16th edition of the competition. Individually, the Swedish Elin Granstedt and the Scottish Grace Molloy are the big names of these World Championships, returning to their countries with two gold medals in the bag, corresponding to winning the Middle Distance and Long Distance courses. Twice at the Championships' podiums, a reference to the Swedish Isac Von Krusenstierna, Jesper Svensk, Simon Imark and Emilia Stahlberg, the Austrian Jasmina Gassner, the English Alastair Thomas and the Latvian Fricis Jekabs Spektors. All to check at

2. The Sierra de Javalambre, west of Valencia (Spain), will host this weekend the International Open in Orienteering Villa de Titaguas / European Universities Orienteering Trophy, on its first edition. Organized by the University of Valencia together with the S.D. Correcaminos, the event has the approval of EUSA - European University Sports Association and also counts towards the Spanish League. In the ambicious program, we can notice a Saturday filled with motifs of interest, comprising a Long Distance stage in the morning and stages of Sprint and TrailO at 5 a.m.. On Sunday, the last day of competition, will take place the Middle Distance stage, closing the event with the Prize Giving Ceremony scheduled for early afternoon. Learn more at

3. Anne Straube is the new British Champion in TrailO 2015. The event took place in New Beechenhurst and Brierley on Saturday, with the participation of 49 athletes, 15 of which in the Novice class. Anne Straube concludes his course of 21 control points with a total of 19 correct answers, the same result as Scott Collier and Clive Allen. The tie was made, of course, using the time spent in the timed controls and then the athlete, of German nationality, was the most accurate and fast. British Champion in 2014 and one of the big favourites to win this edition, John Kewley stayed 9th placed with 17 points. For those less familiar with the TrailO, it is noted that Anne Straube has won the gold medal at the World Train Orienteering Championships 2008, at Olomouc (Czech Republic) and is the current coordinator of the IOF Athlete's Commission of Trail Orienteering. To learn more about the British TrailO Championships 2015, please visit the event webpage at

4. The Brazilian Confederation of Orienteering seems to be in trouble. After the domestic dispute about the re-election of José Octavio Franco Dorneles, is now the turn of the International Orienteering Federation point the finger to the Brazilian responsibles. In the minutes of the IOF Council Meeting, dated of 10th-11th April and chaired by Brian Porteous, IOF asked Brazil to pay the sanction fee for WMOC 2014. “Council discussed which actions had been taken so far and what further actions should be initiated. The IOF Office was asked to once again contact the Brazilian federation and agree a timeline for payment of all outstanding fees. If a timeline could not be agreed within 60 days, or was not upheld, Council agreed that a suspension of all membership rights would come in effect, including participation at WOC and other IOF activities”, is written on the document, which can be read at

5. Contrary to a trend in the recent years, a blog is born. It's called, simply, “Tiago Gingão Leal” and the name says it all: It is the personal page of the current Portuguese Champion in Long Distance and states, in brief, the promise of “going to have content regarding my preparation to the amazing sport that is orienteering and also results and analysis of the races I take part in.” Reminders like “the good feelings I had lately since I took part in one of the most competitive Spanish Championships I've ever participated”, links to the latest news where his name is focused, a slight biography and a summary of his main achievements so far are also elements that can be seen at In English!

Joaquim Margarido

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