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Hill End gold diggings have heads scratching

ONSW - Sun, 24/09/2017 - 08:48

So many controls, so many huge erosion gullies and earthbanks, and so many people absolutely certain they are in the right place.

Only to find the number on the control is not theirs. Welcome to complex gold mining terrain.

The Australian Middle Distance champs unveiled the first of three new maps at Hill End in the state's central west on Sunday to great acclaim as 899 participants tried to work their way through what appeared to be quite short courses.

Setter Graeme Dawson faced a difficult task to set fast but technical courses; and lured many into his spider web with some generous initial controls - followed by increasingly intricate ones in very confusing terrain.

The pick of the wins by NSW orienteers was in M14A where Bennelong Northside's Clyde McGhee had a breakout victory at national level, while JWOC rep Toby Wilson (Garingal) bounced back to form with a third placing in the junior men's elite.

However, it was our NSW women who carried the can with 11 victories on the day.

Kiwi Bill Edwards cleaned up M50A by an astonishing eight minutes. At the other end of the scale, spare a thought for ONSW president Greg Barbour - the commentators announced him as the winner of M55A by just two seconds... only to learn later he had in fact lost by one second to Victorian arch rival Warren Key

We thank newly elected Bathurst Mayor Graeme Hanger for making the trip out to present the medallions, and the cameraman from WIN TV (see pic, left) for filming the event and conducting interviews. Look for these on Monday or Tuesday nights. 

NSW winners (there were 18, from nine clubs) were:

W10A Aoife Rothery (BF), W12A Erika Enderby (NC), W20 Clare Jessup (GO), W21A Nikolett Halmai (GO), W35A Phoebe Dent (CC), W45A Jenny Enderby (NC), W45AS Maria Orr (NC), W55AS Carolyn Davies (GO), W65AS Carolyn Rigby (NC), W70A Jenny Hawkins (NT), W JuniorB Serena Doyle (UR). 

M14A Clyde McGhee (BN), M21A Charles Keir (GS), M35AS Peter Fozo (GO), M40A Doug Jay (SH), M55AS Peter May (NT), MOpenB Willam Thompson (NC), Open Easy William Nolan (UR).

Tuesday is the Australian Schools Champs at Roseberg State Forest.

Click on the blue links for Middle results, Facebook photos, Routegadget and WinSplits.

Fast times at 2017 Aust Sprint champs

ONSW - Sat, 23/09/2017 - 11:53

Twenty-two orienteers from nine NSW clubs took out national titles as the Australian championship carnival started with a hot, fast sprint at CSU Bathurst.

Temperatures nudged 30C at 3pm, and it was still 26 degrees at 9.30pm when the dozens of tired organisers and helpers hit the hay after a tiring Saturday.

Course setter Ross Barr loves to have an ace up his sleeve and today it was starting from inside a building, leading to some puzzled looks when runners emerged into the daylight to find their bearings.

The flat, open nature of the campus ensured many very fast times: Aston Key (Vic) won the NOL junior men's with a kilometre rate of 3m57s, and Peter Hodkinson led a NZ sweep of the senior men by running the 3.9km in 14m41s.

Aston's mum Natasha took out the senior women's elite class in the first of several family doubles on the day. 

NSW winners were:

W12A Erika Enderby (NC), W20 Clare Jessup (GO), W21A Clare Murphy (UR), W21AS Kate Alborough (NC), W50A Paula Shingler (BF), W55AS Sandra Stewart (SH), W60A Debbie Davey (WR), W65A Carol Jacobson (GO), W70A Jenny Hawkins (NT), Open Easy Justine Brindley (GO). 

M21A Charles Keir (GS), M35AS Mark Brindley (GO), M40A Doug Jay (SH), M45A Jock Davis (BF), M45AS Ian Jessup (GO), M55A Greg Barbour (BF), M55AS Michael Halmy (BN), M60A Mel Cox (BN), M70A Steve Flick (BN), M75A John le Carpentier (SH), M80A Lloyd Gledhill (GO), MOpenB Willam Thompson (NC).

Sunday is the Middle Distance Champs the first of three events on brand new maps at Hill End.

Click on the blue links for Sprint results, Facebook photos, Routegadget and Winsplits.

Big Foot quinellas Metro League again

ONSW - Sun, 10/09/2017 - 07:45

Big Foot took out the top two divisions of the MetrO League for the second time in four years after a dominant day in the final round at Lansdowne on Sunday.

The Feet needed only a win over Garingal in Division 1 to regain the newly minted Frank Assenza Trophy u, and did so 32-23. The hybrid WHO Evers team beat SHOO-IKO 31-24 to finish level with Big Foot but second on 'goal difference'.

We believe it may be the first time a father-son combination (Mark and Ewan Shingler) have shared in a Division 1 title. 

Big Foot beat Uringa-Central Coast by the same scoreline in Division 2 to make it a double, but UR-CC had their moment in taking out Division 5 against WHO 34-21. SHOO-IKO triumphed in Division 3, beating an unusually lacklustre KNOX team for whom Thomas Gordon sped around the 4.1km course in 26:39 - a massive nine minutes ahead of his nearest rival.

Continuing the lopsided scorelines, Bennelong had an easy win over the Garingal Monitors 36-19 in the Division 4 final. 

Congratulations to our team and individual champions for 2017:
Division 1: Big Foot + Toby Wilson (Garingal)
Division 2: Big Foot + Ross Morrison (Garingal)
Division 3: SHOO-IKO + Clyde McGhee (Bennelong)
Division 4: Bennelong Northside + Bob Morgan (Bennelong)
Division 5: Uringa-Central Coast + Serena Doyle (Uringa) 

A big thank you to all our setters, controllers, organisers, club captains, SI gurus and participants. Uringa hosted us for the finals on the revamped Boggabilla map and setter Dick Ogilvie regaled us all with a botany lesson that seared asparagus weed into our minds until next year!

Bulletin 2 released for AUS champs

ONSW - Fri, 08/09/2017 - 08:46

Our big national carnival is just two weeks away - and you can read all the latest in Bulletin 2 here.

Please note the requirement for all participant to carry a whistle at all bush events, and to bring thermals in case of very cold weather at Bathurst or Hill End.

Enter on day details are also included. Anyone thinking of doing EOD - if you know in advance you are coming, please email the Goldseekers club so we can be sure to print enough maps.

If you have local friends who'd like to try orienteering, please remind them of the special $14 entry fee for Bathurst Council area residents.

Metro finalists decided after fast fathers day flog

ONSW - Sun, 03/09/2017 - 07:45

All nine competing clubs will contest the Sydney Metro League finals after a fast and flat round 5 at Castle Hill on Sunday.

We say a massive thank you to hosts and setters WHO, the results team from Garingal, Bennelong for rego and starts, and Big Foot for the whiteboards as we put this event together at very short notice.

A warm day thankfully resulted in some shortish courses at Fred Caterson Reserve that favoured the speedsters - and there were a whopping 64 runners back in under 35 minutes.

Fathers Day took out a few regulars, so it was delightful to see around 30 enter-on-day people, including German exchange students Kari and Siggy (pictured).  

In Division 1 where it's first past the post, Big Foot thrashed an undermanned WHO to take first place on points difference. In next Sunday's last round at Lansdowne, Big Foot can regain the trophy by beating Garingal. WHO will need GO to spring an upset to have any chance.

In the other divisions we will have the usual finals with 1 v 2 as follows:
Division 2: UR-CC v Big Foot
Division 3: KNOX v SHOO-IKO
Division 4: GO Monitors v Bennelong
Division 5: UR-CC v WHO

In Division 3, KNOX won both their matches to leap into first place and knocking Bennelong out of the final. GO Molochs paid the price for two mps in their loss to Big Foot. UR-CC inflicted a first defeat on WHO in Division 5, setting up a rematch next week. And in Division 2 the front-runners UR-CC and Big Foot won to ensure they meet in the final.

Team and individual scores have been updated on the Metro League web page, and IKO have posted a lovely photo album on Facebook.

Our finals are next Sunday (Sep 10) at Boggabilla Reserve, Lansdowne. Entry is open via Eventor.

Waggaroos retain annual Interclub trophy

ONSW - Sun, 27/08/2017 - 08:14

Waggaroos have easily retained the annual Interclub trophy after a narrow 16-13 last round win over Albury-Wodonga.

Held in a cold and wet Murraguldrie State Forest - venue for day two of this year's big June long weekend carnival - the courses regularly challenged participants in a number of respects.

The forest was open enough to attack the control on the direct line route which had to be considered against the option of running wide and avoiding some steeper slopes.  Then as the control site was approached careful navigation was required to home in on the target feature.

Finally, the slippery conditions in some areas meant traversing the hillsides became difficult and times were slightly slower than usual. Wagga won the eight-event series 160-145.

We thank John Oliver for his regular reports from Wagga, and look forward to the 2019 Oceania championships being held in the area.

Aus champs entries close TODAY

ONSW - Sun, 27/08/2017 - 07:25

A reminder that entries to the Australian championships carnival close TODAY (Monday August 28).

You have until midnight to pre-enter via Eventor. Likewise, this is the last day to order an SI Air timing stick for just $11 for the entire carnival (7 events across 9 days).

We've just gone past 800 entries for Bathurst and Hill End - let's see if we can climb to 850!

In case you forget or are undecided, LATE ENTRIES are available until Thursday at a 20% premium - get in before Monday midnight to take advantage of regular prices.

MTBO success bodes well for Aus champs

ONSW - Sun, 27/08/2017 - 05:01

A hugely successful week for NSW riders in mountain bike orienteering has set the stage for a big Australian championships in the Southern Highlands in early October.

Lucy Mackie (Big Foot), younger brother Fergus, and Newcastle's Glen Charlton (pictured) have just finished their world championship commitments in Lithuania.

Lucy stamped herself on the international scene with silver in the Middle and seventh in the Long. Fergus notched his first top-10 finish with 9th in the Middle. Glen was beset by mechanical issues but loved the atmosphere and will return much wiser.

At the Queensland MTBO champs this weekend, the small contingent of NSW riders was well and truly among the medals.

Rhiannon Prentice (Newcastle) won all 3 formats in W14-16 and dad Robert did likewise in M60-69.

Michael Ridley-Smith (Garingal) won the M50-59 Long champs and was third in the Middle. In the same age class, Andrew Power (NC) took silver in the Long and won the Middle. Both men mispunched in the opening Sprint.

With our three WOC representatives buoyed by their experience, NSW will be well primed for the national titles on home turf at Wingell from October 7-8. Entries close on Sunday September 17 via Eventor.

Lucy Mackie wins silver at world MTBO champs

ONSW - Mon, 21/08/2017 - 12:26

Sydneysider Lucy Mackie has ridden the race of her life to take second place in the Middle Distance at the junior world mountain bike orienteering championships in Lithuania.

By our calculations, this makes Lucy the first orienteer from NSW to win a medal at a world championship.

Lucy finished just two minutes behind Czech star Veronika Kubinova, who is widely considered to be just about unbeatable in the sport.

Very muddy conditions in the capital Vilnius put a premium on fitness and, after dropping two minutes to the first radio control, Lucy powered around the last three-quarters of the course on par with Kubinova. 

Lots of rain and mud made some of the hills unrideable, though running up a sloping mountain with a bike was also challenging – very slippery!

There was more good news for the family, the Big Foot club, ONSW and Australia with younger brother Fergus recording a top-10 finish in the junior men's, finishing 9th.

Newcastle's Glen Charlton was 67th in the senior men's race in a tough MTBO WOC debut.

The Championships continue on Tuesday with the Mass Start race, the first time this format is an official part of WMTBOC.

NSW schools champs a real Gong show

ONSW - Sun, 20/08/2017 - 09:43

Our annual NSW Schools Champs took place at the weekend on an old Illawarra map favourite and a sparkling new gem.

Well-used Cataract Scout Park was the venue for the bush event on Saturday and the brilliant new-kid-on-the-block Uni of Wollongong for Sunday's sprint double.

Such a contrast in terrains and in skills needed - accurate bearings and track navigation on Saturday, then a complex building and path network the next day with lots of out-of-bounds garden beds.

Each day saw around 250 participants enjoy beautiful sunshine and seamless organisation by Illawarra Kareelah and guru Ron Pallas on SI timing. On Sunday we had Channel 9 turn up to capture some footage and interview some of our promising juniors (see pic left) - we're told the package will go to air on Tuesday night.

Greenwich Public is our new champion primary school, while KNOX Grammar retained their stranglehold on the high school trophy. CIS were again crowned champion region.

It was fantastic to see students from more than 70 schools in attendance. This is easily a record for this event and reflects the tireless work by our network of coaches in the Sporting Schools program and at the various regional schools championships.  

Thanks to IKO and their small army of helpers for a lovely weekend. Our State League page has links to all the weekend results.

Participants are asked to fill in the very brief Course Setter Surveys for each event.

MetrO League 5 rescheduled to Castle Hill

ONSW - Thu, 17/08/2017 - 05:25

Thanks to Hills Council and our WHO club, we will be able to stage Round 5 of the MetrO League at Fred Caterson Reserve in Castle Hill on Sunday September 3.

Original organisers Big Foot had permission withdrawn at very late notice for their proposed event at St Ives, marring hours of fieldwork and a new map.

Garingal will be running SI and other clubs will be assisting with registration and the whiteboards.

The fast work by WHO and council means we can complete the round robin phase and have the finals at Boggabilla on September 10 as planned.

Youth prevails at Goanna

ONSW - Mon, 07/08/2017 - 07:41

Young shoulders won out over old heads at Garingal's annual Goanna wacky race at The Clay Pan in Beacon Hill on Sunday.

JWOC rep Toby Wilson (Garingal), Ewan Shingler (Big Foot) and Serena Doyle (Uringa) were first across the line in the mass start mind-bender that is the brainchild of ONSW marketing and communications officer Ian Jessup.

Competitors may skip controls, may follow others, and have a small box section to be done in any order - throwing the standard line course a little out of kilter and introducing some tangential decision making into the mix.

For example, fourth-placed Bart Vonhoff was en route to #13 on the long Goanna course, but found himself instead at control a in the box. Worry? No - he simply skipped #13 and continued! (Don't we all wish we could have days like that?!)

Toby (43:03) deadheated with Andrew Brown last year in the Goanna but had the glory all to himself this year as he pipped Big Foot junior Alastair George by 18 seconds. Visiting Tasmanian Karl Bicevskis was a further 14 minutes back in third place.

In the medium DraGOn, Ewan (38:59) shrugged off a heavy cold to beat Tom Kennedy (second place again) by seven minutes. Mapper Jim Merchant was third in just under an hour - feeling right at home no doubt.

In the short GeckO, Serena (40:58) edged out Toby's mum Airdrie Long by half a minute, with Peter Fozo - one of Garingal's Hungarian imports, third in 49:47.

A bi thank you to controller Ron Junghans and the team of GO helpers, especially SI guru Col Burnett who had the task of programming such a spectacle as well as overseeing the trial of SI Air.

The courses are on Routegadget, with some amusing 'noodling' on the Goanna.

Galston, Greenwich take out Sydney North champs

ONSW - Mon, 07/08/2017 - 07:19

Galston High School and Greenwich Public School are the proud new titleholders after a very windy annual Sydney North schools championships at St Ives Showground on Monday.

Galston have been coming for a few years now and built on their preious experience to unseat Riverside Girls. In the primary division, Greenwich had two Garingal juniors leading the way.

All up we had more than 240 entries, with a big increase in primary school numbers. Great to see some follow-through from the programs we have run at Mimosa PS and Lindfield East PS in particular.

A big thank you to Barbara Hill for organising, Terry Bluett on SI, and all the coaches and other helpers who ensure the students had an enjoyable day.

And a reminder that entries for the annual NSW Schools Champs close next Monday (August 14). This year we are in the Illawarra - see the flyer for details.

Sydney North was the last of our regional championships for 2017 - but we still have gala days to come in Term 4 in Armidale (Oct 20) and Orange (Nov 3).

Merchandise range for Aus champs

ONSW - Thu, 03/08/2017 - 02:24

We are pleased to announce the range of merchandise on offer for next month's Australian championships carnival at Bathurst and Hill End. 

You can choose from running shirts, running caps, jigsaw puzzles and sports towels.

Shirt orders must be placed by Friday August 25; they are the same cut and fabric as the 2015 Tasmanian Oceania shirts that were very popular.

Other merchandise must be ordered by Monday August 28 - the same day that entries close.

You can view all the details here.

Konsta Vanhanen is our new ONSW scholar

ONSW - Mon, 31/07/2017 - 00:30

We are pleased to announce that Konsta Vanhanen will be our orienteering scholar for summer 2017-18.

Konsta is from Finland, as was our inaugural scholar Atte Lahtinen.

Konsta will arrive in time for the Australian championships in late September, then stay with Goldseekers for 4-5 weeks as they put on promotional events in Bathurst to capitalise on the carnival.

A keen MTBOer, Konsta is on the Finnish national team and also won the 2015 junior world rogaining champs in Finland. A youn man of many talents, then, but we'll let him introduce himself a little further: 

"My name is Konsta. You may know my country from saunas, Santa Claus (in fact I live only 200km away from Santa) and Formula One driver Kimi Räikkönen. Or perhaps Atte Lahtinen, my fellow country man, has already told you everything. 

"At first I have to say that travelling Down Under has been a big dream for me for a while. I'm pretty spontaneous person, loving every kind of new challenge and adventure – but hopefully those "challenges" have nothing to do with snakes, crocodiles, bugs, spiders... and so on :D

"I'm a 23-year-old economics student going to take off one year from studying. I've been doing sport since I was a child (mainly skiing, running and Finnish baseball), and as late as at the age of 13 I began to orienteer. And after that there was no way back. Pretty soon I also began ski-orienteering and found mtb-orienteering.  I've never been the fastest runner or the strongest cyclist, but instead I've concentrated to train and develop my orienteering skills and tried to find my own way for thinking. Nowadays I do some 50% of foot-o and 50% of mtbo. In foot-o I represent Finnish team Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima, which has risen to top 15 Jukola team (Jukola is the greatest orienteering event on the earth organised every June in Finland). I've been running only in our second team, but it has been really instructive to follow at close quarters how the best elite orienteers train.

"In mtbo my best results are bronze in sprint in Junior World MTBO Champs 2014 and last week I achieved 6th place in sprint in the senior European MTBO Champs in France.

"I went to an orienteering high school for three years, where I learned a lot about what it means to be and act like an ambitious athlete and how to train. These are some aspects I'd like to bring with me from Finland and share for you the Finnish way of thinking about orienteering. Coaching is really dear to my heart and I'm always eager to talk about orienteering with people - so do not hesitate to ask me for a chat. And I'm hoping to coach as much as possible during my stay.

"I don’t know what to expect, but I'm sure the upcoming 6 months are going to be one of the coolest of my life and I'll meet a lot of great moments with you!

"Best regards," Konsta.

Steep going at Manly Dam Metro

ONSW - Mon, 24/07/2017 - 11:01

Finals spots are still up for grabs in most divisions after a tough round 4 of our Sydney Metro League at Manly Dam.

Many participants expected some intricate map work in the rock platforms near the start at Allambie Heights Oval. However, they didn’t feature as much as they could have and setter Rachel Povah had most courses stick to the main tracks with only small deviations off to the controls.

It is a difficult area to set courses in, as it is scattered with cliffs and mostly dark green, limiting options for route choice. Having said that, this time we went all the way down to the dam (into a section previously only used for the Sydney Summer Series)... and all the way back up again!

The steep terrain and rocky trails made for slow going, and most people were 10-15 minutes over their usual finishing time.

One of the drawbacks of setting in such an environment, and a great learning curve for newcomers, is that courses are often much longer than the stated 'red line' distance. The Division 3 course, for instance, was 3.7km as the crow flies - but 5.5km actual (so 50% longer, and with 150m of climb!)

Back to the nitty gritty of jockeying for positions.

Division 1 looks to be a race between the hybrid WHO Evers and Big Foot. If WHO win next round at St Ives they'll be champs, otherwise the last round at Boggabilla will decide the title - possibly on 'goal difference'.

In Division 2 we could end up with 5 teams on 6 points. If Big Foot and UR-CC win at St Ives then they'll contest the final.

In Division 3, in-form KNOX need to beat top-placed Bennelong to have a chance in what's looming as a three-way tussle with SHOO-IKO.

It's the same in Division 4 where Garingal's two teams and Bennelong are fighting it out. And in Division 5, the two SHOO-IKO teams are hoping one of them can edge ahead of UR-CC to take on WHO in the final.

Thanks to Bennelong for a lovely day out and to the local scouts for the use of their hall.

The ML web page has been updated with points tables, whiteboard scores and Winsplits.

Term 3 SOS starts this Saturday

ONSW - Wed, 19/07/2017 - 01:34

In Sydney this weekend, the SOS resumes its Saturday morning timeslot on a brand new map in the CBD taking in Hyde Park and the Domain.

Public transport is easily the best way to get there. Or park in the Cook and Phillip ($13) or Domain ($10) car parks.

Run by our partner organisation Bold Horizons, you can choose from line courses or a score course.

Term 3 for 2017 will be a mix of sprint and bush orienteering, and are excellent preparation for the NSW Schools championships in Wollongong next month.

2017 NSW Schools Team announced

ONSW - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 12:18
Seven new faces from Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and Sydney are in the 2017 NSW Schools team (the Carbines) for the Australian championships in Bathurst and Hill End in late September.  

Nea Shingler (Big Foot), Mikayla Enderby (Newcastle) and Andra Leung (Garingal, pictured) have all been selected in the juniors girls' team, Clare Jessup (Garingal) is in the senior girls, Thomas Gordon (KNOX) is in the senior boys, and Oskar Mella (Newcastle) and Sam Woolford (Bush n Beach) will debut in the junior boys.

Congratulations to the following students upon their selection:

Senior Girls: Claire Burgess (NC), Joanna Hill (GO), Clare Jessup (GO), Ellen Currie (GO)

Senior Boys: Alastair George (BF), Duncan Currie (GO), Thomas Gordon (KNOX), Lachlan Billett (WR). Reserves: Angus Leung (GO), Tom Kennedy (GO)

Junior Girls: Serena Doyle (UR), Nea Shingler (BF), Mikayla Enderby (NC), Andra Leung (GO)

Junior Boys: Alvin Craig (NC), Sam Woolford (BB), Ewan Shingler (BF), Oskar Mella (NC). Reserves: Clyde McGhee (Bennelong), Oscar Woolford (BB)

All selected will travel with the team to Bathurst and run in the three schools championship events from September 26-28 (Individual, Sprint and Relay), while also competing in the other major events on both weekends of the carnival.

Manager Sally Devenish will be in contact with team members to co-ordinate travelling arrangements.

ONSW thanks selectors Jock Davis, Hilary Wood and Rob Bennett for their time and energy spent in this important role, and to the Carbine Club for their generous financial support.

Newcastle puts on glorious SL weekend

ONSW - Sun, 16/07/2017 - 10:22

Our Newcastle club is truly spoilt for quality bush maps, and they rolled out another beauty for State Leaue 8 at Quorrobolong on Saturday.

The smallish Barraba Lane map had much fast open running, with a few steep watercourses thrown in to mix it up. And a smattering of tracks. A classic Middle Distance location and one that will see a lot of use in the years to come.

Georgina Macken (Central Coast) had a great win in W21A, while Gayle Shepherd (Uringa, pictured) crushed her W45AS opponents by eight and a half minutes - as well as taking out the 'chocolate leg' among rivals.

In M20A, Thomas Gordon (KNOX) pipped Alastair George (Big Foot) for a breakthrough win, while visiting Israeli Itay Manor (Uringa) edged out NSW Junior Squad coach Rob Bennett (Newcastle) in a closely contested M21A.

On Sunday it was a Long Distance event at Wallaroo State Forest on 'Rocky Ridges', a hybrid of two previous maps that offered some longer track running or more direct compass navigation, often to small point features such as tree root mounds or small rockfaces.

Nicola Blatchford (Newcastle) roared back to form in W21A, while Hunter Schools champs organiser Colin Bailey triumphed in a very close M45AS class. There were multiple victories in the Shingler (BF), Doyle (UR), Woolford (Bush n Beach), Enderby, Rigby and Craig (NC) families.

Our State League web page has links to all the weekend results, Attackpoint splits (by course) and Routegadget.

We also ask all participants to please fill out the very brief Course Setter of the Year survey for each day - this will provide important feeback for setters and controllers, as well as helping decide one of our prestigous annual awards.

A big thank you to Newcastle for a woinderful weekend, and a reminder that the next SL outing is in conjunction with the NSW schools champs in Wollongong on August 19-20. School students are to enter via Trybooking; everyone else via Eventor.

Tough start to JWOC for Toby Wilson

ONSW - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 02:29

NSW's sole representative at the junior world championships in Finland has had a baptism of fire in the Middle Distance qualifying.

Garingal's Toby Wilson - making his JWOC debut - finished 44th in men's heat 2 on Monday evening our time, meaning he'll be in the C final on Tuesday.

Eight of the Australians are in the B finals and 4 in the C finals. 

The event website has an excellent live stream and GPS tracking so you can follow the athletes.


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