Posted on | July 28, 2014 | Category: Arena
Hanny Allston ran at WOC in Italy, and has been coaching at JWOC. The Australian World Champion from 2006 will continue with both. She has big ambitions.
“How is it to be a coach? I love it”, Hanny smiles. The Australian has been head coach for the JWOC team, and especially the Aussie boys have done well in the quite non-Australian terrain.
At WOC in Italy Hanny was 13th on the Long, 15th in the Middle and 24th on the Sprint. In the relays she and her team were 10th in the Mixed Sprint Relay and 16th in the Relay in the forest.
The best ever non-European orienteer is now 28 years old. She has been coaching in athletics at home, and likes to give advice and help people in getting better achievements. Her website is http://www.findyourfeet.com.au/.
In orienteering it’s for sure she will be in charge for the juniors for at least one more year. “I have a contract that also includes JWOC in Norway in the coming year”.
“She know exactly how it is to have o-shoes on”, Oscar McNulty, one of the boys in the team, says. “She has the experience and knows about competing, she inspires, she is always very positive and she is a big reason for the better results for us this year”. The oldest of the McNulty brothers in the team was 17th in the sprint, but the goal was to do even better. In the final Relay he got a big cut in his knee early in the race, but finished. Afterwards he needed treatment.
As a junior athlete, Hanny got gold in the Long Distance at JWOC in Lithuania in 2006. In the same championships she got silver in Sprint, and some weeks later the same summer she became World Champion on the Sprint. Now she is looking especially for the Long. “I like the classic distance so well”, she says.
World Cup on home island
The Tasmanian’s big goal on the horizon is when the World Cup starts on her home island Tasmania next year. She is also attracted by the plans for a Park World Tour week in China in the late part of the year. The Park World Tour has earlier organised a lot of high level competitions in Sprint for the world’s best. Now they will have a kind of ‘champions week’.
Before the China races there is Scotland (‘Race the Castles’ – mid-October, plus a forest World Ranking Event and a training camp) and that’s also in Hanny’s mind. She really want to perform at her very best in the Long Distance at a WOC. So far a 6th place is her best on the Long. She wants to achieve something more.
This year’s JWOC is her first since 2007, the year after Lithuania. In 2007 the Championships were in Dubbo in Australia. “I was a kind of assistant coach there”, she says.|| Print page ||