22 Jun

GB Gears Up For Orienteering Championships

Alastair McLeodGreat Britain’s orienteering team is gearing up for the World Orienteering Championships starting on 31 July and finishing on 8 August. The championships will be held alongside the 20th edition of the Scottish 6-Days event, in the Highlands and Moray in the north of Scotland. 

450 of the world's best orienteer athletes from 50 nations and more than 5,000 club competitors and enthusiasts from all over the world will compete on some of the finest, yet physically and technically demanding orienteering terrain in the UK.  At the end of a week of close fought and tactical racing worthy world champions in individual and team sprint, long and middle distance and relay disciplines will have been crowned. 
The Great Britain team is amongst those at the top of the international rankings and will have real medal chances at WOC2015. Orienteering has traditionally been dominated by the Scandinavian nations, where it is considered the ‘national sport’. However, in recent years, French and Swiss athletes have broken through and have had an impressive series of wins. 
Paul McGreal, WOC 2015 event director, said: "I’m really excited about the opportunity that WOC2015 brings, both to help develop the sport at elite and club level and also to help orienteering to achieve the maximum positive exposure from a highly successful and professional event.”
For more information, visit the World Orienteering Championships website
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