Getting to know what to do

Posted on | July 28, 2014 | Category: Arena

For the Swedish juniors there is a very important camp in Norway in two weeks’ time. The promising runners will get to know what they need to do to get success at JWOC in the coming year.

A lot of Swedish juniors – also some who are outside the national team for juniors – are going to the Norway camp. “We will be close to the areas for next year’s JWOC”, Susanne Wiklund Björk says. She is one of the two head coaches in Swedish orienteering.

Svenske gutte rhop lav

During six days in Rauland they will see how it is and also get ideas about how to train. Last autumn Sweden had a similar camp in Bulgaria. That had an influence for a lot of runners on how to train. They were working with skills which would serve them well in the Borovets area, and they really showed that they had learnt them, with a lot of great results. Sweden got five of the eight golds! One gold went to each of Finland, New Zealand and Norway.

One big reason for the success is what the Swedish juniors saw in the Borovets region last autumn. That had an influence on what has happened in recent months. “There has been training on just contours to be good in map-reading. Night orienteering has been used to be good on compass, and uphill running to be good in climbing in steep terrain”, says Susanne. The coach is proud of the juniors being very motivated and eager to be better. “The good results are because of hard work. A lot of juniors have been training very hard”.

In her work the coach is thinking about all aspects of doing well, like technique, the physical and the mental elements, and of course also a lot of others thing like what to eat and how to get enough rest. There is also a kind of a red line in the camps between work and play. “We shall also have fun together”, she says.

The team arrived in Bulgaria only three days before the start of JWOC. They knew from last autumn the techniques they needed to use.

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