World Cup 2005: Orienteers come out of the woods and into the limelight / Press Conference 25th Feb

Posted on | February 2, 2005 | Category: News

International orienteering is coming to the South-East of England for the first time ever when Great Britain hosts the Orienteering World Cup, supported by UK Sport, from 29 April to 3 May 2005.

The five-day competition will take place in various locations, some traditionally associated with orienteering such as Leith Hill, others designed to meet the International Orienteering Federation?s desire to bring the sport more into public view. The World Cup Sprint Final will take place in Battersea Park on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May, with the qualifying round taking place on the Surrey University Campus in Guildford the preceding Friday evening (29 April). Both races will be completely open to spectators and media.

Juniors have their own Young Orienteers Festival at Battersea Park on 2 May. Local Young Orienteers Festivals are being held around the country throughout April with the winners of these being picked to represent their town at the National Festival on 2 May.

In addition there will be races for the public ? from beginners to experts ? on every day of the World Cup programme. More information on these is at www.wcup2005.org.uk.

Great Britain will be fielding a strong team which includes Jamie Stevenson, the 2003 World Sprint Champion. ?Competing in front of a home crowd is going to be a rare and fantastic experience,? said Heather Monro, GB?s top female orienteer. ?All the GB Squad are getting psyched up for this one. Holding races in public areas such as Battersea Park means people can come and see us and will hopefully bring orienteering out into the limelight.?

PRESS CONFERENCE 25 FEBRUARY, GUILDFORD

Members of the Great Britain and Norwegian Orienteering Squads will be training in Guildford on Friday 25 February in the afternoon. The training session will be in Stoke Park in Guildford, where journalists, photographers and public will be able to see them in action and talk to them about their careers, the sport and the World Cup ? a unique occurrence. It is expected that current World Champions Hanne Staff and Björnar Valstad from Norway and GB?s top two female orienteers, Heather Monro of South London Orienteers and Sarah Rollins who lives near Farnham, plus other members of the GB Squad, will be available at 2.30pm to meet the press.
Please park at the Spectrum Leisure Centre and walk back across the road (50m) to Stoke Park. For directions to the Spectrum Leisure Centre and Stoke Park go to: www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk

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