World Masters Games: “It has all gone really well”

Posted on | May 3, 2017 | Category: News

Event director Shaun Collins summarises The World Masters Orienteering Championships and the World Masters Games in New Zeeland.
– It has all gone really well and I am very satisfied.

Masters orienteers from all around the world came to New Zeeland to compete in the World Masters Orienteering Championships, and the huge multi-sport event the World Masters Games. Shaun Collins was the Event Director for the orienteering competitions; sprint qualification, sprint final, two long distance qualifications and a long distance final. The sprints were held in central Auckland and the long distance races in Woodhill forest, on the coast north of Auckland.
– It has all gone really well. No big issues or anything big to deal with, says Event Director Shaun Collins.

What are you most satisfied with?
– I think I am most satisfied with the team and the way all the volunteers have put the event on. We have also had great feedback on the map and the terrain.

At the sprint races, they had 100 volunteers and at the forest 50. Most of them came from the three orienteering clubs in Auckland.

What has been the biggest challenge?
– It has been setting up the venues every day. Moving everything from one place to another is hard work. We were really happy when we could use the same venue for the two long distance qualification races.

Any surprisingly results?
– For New Zealanders, both the forest and the sprint terrain were very typical. Some surprise there weren’t more New Zealanders in the top in the forest. But all the Scandinavians seem to have handled this terrain. A bit surprising about the sprint, where many of the Scandinavian runners had a lot of difficulties. You think you can have a sprint anywhere in the world and it will be the same, but maybe not.

Event website wmoc2017.com

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