JWOC 2011 Poland

06 July 2011

One of the many major events in Europe, the junior world orienteering champs (JWOC), is being held this week. This year the event is being hosted by Poland and centered around Rumia and Wejherowo. the NZ team of 12 (6 M20 and 6 W20) is tipped to be the strongest team NZ has ever sent to JWOC (including PAPO’s Selena Metherell) and they have not disappointed with some of the best results NZ have achieved in international competition.

The Big highlight of the Sprint (Sunday night NZ time) was Angela Simpson securing 6th place in the women’s race an outstanding performance and NZ’s second best placing in a JWOC race. Selena finished a very creditable 95th in the 130 strong fields between her team mates Jaime Goodwin and Anna Gray.


Angela Simpson 6th
Laura Robertson 43rd
Jaime Goodwin 92nd
Selena Metherell 95th
Anna Gray 97th
Kate Morrison 109th

Matt Ogden 21st
Toby Scott 30th
Gene Beveridge 43rd
Scott McDonald 58th
Nick Hann 75th
Tim Robertson 78th

The Long Distance race was held the next day in the very fast, open beech forests near Wejherowo. The NZ team who traditionally find it much harder to compete against the Europeans in the forest than they do in a sprint again excelled themselves with excellent results in both the mens and womens races. Angela Simpson and Toby Scott were again at the front end of the kiwi performers both finishing 22nd in the very physically challenging long distance. Selena was again the 4th fastest kiwi girl finishing just inside the top 100 in just over 85 minutes.


Angela Simpson 22nd
Kate Morrison 35th
Laura Robertson 91st
Selena Metherell 98th
Anna Gray 102nd
Jaime Goodwin 106th

Toby Scott 22nd
Matt Ogden 30th
Nick Hann 90th
Tim Robertson 93rd
Gene Beveridge 95th
Scott McDonald DNS (injured during sprint)


With the middle distance and relay still to come there is sure to be some more great racing from the NZ team. You can follow the team with all the other NZ supporters from the JWOC 2011 website which provides a live chat with updates and also live results (sometimes!).


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