Signe Søes: “not sure about the World Championships yet”

Posted on | April 14, 2014 | Category: Arena

EM mellom finale Tirsdag 14. april 2014 Sebutal i Portugal
Signe Søes celebrating at the podium.
Photo: Erik Borg

In the Middle distance final at the European Championships (EOC) Signe Søes had her biggest day as an orienteer so far, but whether she will be at the World Championships (WOC) this year is not decided for the young mother.

The start list in the Middle final was based on the World Ranking, and Signe Søes started early and got a clear first place which looked good for fulfilling her hope of being among the ten best. As the hours passed it looked better and better, and at the very end of the Middle day the Danes could yell and show their happiness. Denmark had got a European Champion.

For Signe it is the biggest moment of her orienteering career so far. She has an individual medal from both EOC and WOC, but no gold before this first forest final in Portugal – but she doesn’t know where she will be in July. “I will decide about WOC after EOC when I am back home. I will not go to WOC just to take part”, she says. The Dane has to have motivation to do a good job in advance, and the gold will probably be something good for that.

For a couple of seasons Signe hasn’t been on the international scene, and even though she was a bit on and off with injuries when she really went hard for her sport, that isn’t the real reason. That is that she and her partner Rasmus became parents to Magnus on September 24th in 2012.

“Now I am a bit more relaxed. I am not so nervous as before, and I can better concentrate on what to do”, she tells. Her son is now in kindergarten, and she is working full-time. There isn’t time for as much training as earlier. “I’m just training once a day, but I don’t have injuries any more. Maybe it’s since I’m not training so much, the 31-year-old says.

During the winter she has been training well and she has had the Championships in Portugal as a goal. She ran a terrific race in the final, but she did also make two small mistakes. “I lost about 15 seconds on two controls”, she says.


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