Friday, March 31, 2017

Two or three things I know about it...

1. Santiago do Cacém, one of the five Municipalities of Alentejo Coast, hosts this weekend the third edition of the Costa Alentejana MTBO Trophy. Organized by the Clube de Orientação e Aventura do Litoral Alentejano, Clube da Natureza de Alvito, Santiago do Cacém Municipality, Portuguese Orienteering Federation and International Orienteering Federation, the event has to offer a Middle Distance stage and a Long Distance stage, both scoring for the IOF World MTB Orienteering Ranking, and also a Sprint race (Open) along with the National Championships of Relay. This will be the second round of the 2016/2017 World Masters Series and the 2017 Women Iberian Championships. The start field promises an interesting duel between the best Portuguese and Spanish MTBO'ers. The Portuguese Davide Machado, João Ferreira and Luís Barreiro will face the Spanish Ángel Garcia Garcia, David Toll Clos and David Tarres, in the Men Elite. In the Women Elite, the fight will be between Susana Pontes, Ana Filipa Silva, Diana Moreira and Noémia Magalhães, from the Portuguese side, against the Spanish Maria del Mara Delgado Gonzalez, Luisa Felpeto Gonzalez and Ana Varela. The British Keith Dawson, the Danish Joergen Nielsen or the Estonain Riivo Roose are also names that will attend the event. Further information can be found at

2. Representatives of the different regions of France met last weekend in Paris to elect the new Direction team of the French Orienteering Federation for the next four years. After having voted the members of the director committee, the representatives validated their new President (on the proposal of the Director Committee). Michel Ediar was re-elected for four years as President of the FFCO. Yves Boehm, Agnes Eudier, Marie-Claudine Perrin and Jean-Philippe Stefanini, who followed Bernard Mortellier as Secretary-General. After the announcement of the results, Michel Ediar thanked the representatives of the regional leagues for their confidence and took the opportunity to express his wish to continue his collaboration with the current National Technical Director Marie-Violaine Palcau before to specify the strategic axes of the new four-year term that will be built around high level, youth and development, as well as events, the main objective being to further develop the activity of the Federation throughout the National territory.

3. Orienteering is a sport that Canadians know and are excited about. Knowing this, the Canadian Orienteering Federation has presented his Vision, Mission and Core Objectives in order to develop, promote and coordinate the sport of orienteering in Canada for all ages and at all levels of participation. Inspiring Canadians to embrace the joy of orienteering is the vision, which lies driving growth through innovation, quality programming and partnerships; leading and governing through organizational excellence and sound business practices; developing and delivering high quality events and competitions at all levels; having active, engaged and well-trained officials, coaches, and other volunteers; having viable and active provincial and territorial associations and clubs and supporting the elite athletes in pursuing their goals while they support orienteering as ambassadors and role models for our sport. The full document can be read at

4. With the accomplishment of the 2017 Lipica TrailO, the first Ranking of 2017 Croatia-Italy-Slovenia TrailO Cup is published. The Swedish Lennart Wahlgren (Rehns BK) leads the standings with a total of 193.05 points. The Italian Remo Madella (ASD Vivaio) follows in the second place with 192.84 points, while the third place is occupied by another Italian, Alessio Tenani (Polisportiva G. Masi), with 188.90 points. Last year's winner of CRO-ITA-SLO, the Slovak Ján Furucz (Farmaceut Bratislava), is in the fifth place with 188.50 points. With a total of 75 competitors, the standings include athletes from Sweden, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Portugal, Finland, Latvia, Norway, Lithuania, Hungary, Great Britain and Spain, as well as the organizing countries Croatia, Italy and Slovenia. It should also be noted that, this year, Cro-Ita-Slo TrailO Cup is made up of 15 stages, four in Italy, five in Croatia and six in Slovenia. The complete Ranking can be found HERE.

Joaquim Margarido

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