Junior World Orienteering Championships: Poland is coming back

Posted on | July 9, 2010 | Category: News

What a summer for the Polish top juniors. Hanna Wisniewska (20) and Monika Gajda (19) are among the very best at the Junior World Orienteering Championships, and they are ready for many more championships the coming weeks.

Hanna will take part in both the World Orienteering Championships in Trondheim and after that the CISM World Military Orienteering Championships, which will also be held in Norway. Monika will take part in The University World Championships in Sweden.

Poland has not got many good results the last years, but the country is now definitely on its way back. Pjotr Parfiandowicz got two gold medals at the European Youth Orienteering Championships in Spain last week, and now Hanna and Monika are getting smashing results in Denmark.

Many reasons for success

-Why it is going so well here? We have similar kind of terrain in Poland, and we have been training in similar terrains in Sweden.

This year they have also been two times in Denmark to compete. First they took part in races in the same part of Denmark where the Junior World Championships are organised, and then they participated in some events a bit further South.

Monika also points out that she has had good possibilities to train with her Finnish club, Kangasala SK. She has already been a couple of weeks in Finland this year.

Both Hanna and Monika got a medal in the sprint. Hanna was second in sprint and seventh on long distance. Monika got bronze in sprint and a fifth place on long distance. On the middle they are both going for more success. Hanna will start among the last while Monika will start a bit earlier after a not so good qualification race.

Hard work and good trainers

A part of the success are also the trainers they have. The girls say they have the best trainers in Poland: Monika’s trainer is Jerzy Antonowicz and Hanna’s Kalikst Sobczynski.

The new success for Polish orienteers they think is a result of offensive and hard working of a lot of people in Poland just now.
The two junior are also offensive. Monika wants to be among the very best seniors at the World Orienteering Championships 2013 in Finland.
-I will set my future goals after I have finished the big races this season, says Hanna.

Both are studying full-time in their home towns in Poland.
Next year the Junior World Championships will be organised on their home ground in Poland, but neither Hanna nor Monika will take part. Next year they will both be seniors.


Photo: Erik Borg

Monika Gajda (left) and Hanna Wisniewska brought two out of the three medals to Poland in women’s sprint. Ida Bobach, DEN, won.

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