WOC Clinic helps smaller nations on their way

Posted on | September 5, 2016 | Category: News, Newsletter

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In some countries, the sport of orienteering has a long history. In others, it has only just started. In conjunction with the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships in Strömstad-Tanum, nine smaller orienteering nations were gathered to participate in a WOC clinic.

The program was a mixture between lectures, practicing orienteering skills and participating in WOC. The group met three days before WOC to prepare for the competitions. The Swedish landscape was new to most of the participants, so the days before WOC started consisted of training sessions to get a feeling of the terrain.

Most of the runners made their debut in a World Championship at the Sprint Qualification and followed it up at the Middle distance. Besides the focus on racing and analyzing trainings, the clinic offered lectures on World Orienteering Day and TrailO.

Overall, the clinic is held to support and help small and emerging nations during the WOC. Without, it would be difficult for the nations to participate in WOC as they do

Countries attending the WOC clinic:

– Argentina

– Barbados

– Chile

– Cyprus

– Egypt

– Montenegro

– Serbia

– South Korea

– Uruguay

Nepal and Cameroon were entered as well but could not get visa in time.

not have management resources to send a team. Instead, the WOC Clinic offers the participants the feeling of being a team in a mixture of different backgrounds and cultures.


To leave the island is necessary

Chad Calliste from Barbados participated in his third WOC clinic, with experience also from WOC clinics in France 2011 and Canada 2013. He finds it great that the WOC clinic gives the opportunity to come outside the Caribbean island for new impressions. Each time he returns with lots of new inputs. Especially mapping is Chad Calliste’s focus:

— We do not have the terrain for proper forest events so we focus mainly on sprint. We can draw our own maps but we could use some help with mapping the right standards and be taught using more modern techniques, he says, and praises the map clinics he has entered previously.

Chad finds the WOC clinics useful and in his opinion, even more lectures could be scheduled:

– It is nice to compete in the WOC, but I would have wished for even more time to learn new things in the time besides the competitions, Chad says.

Barbados became a full member of the IOF in 2010 but is still in a development phase. Most of the Barbadian orienteers do not go outside Barbados for orienteering. That is the case for many of the smaller nations. The WOC clinic is a way to give the most dedicated orienteers in those countries new inspiration they can bring back home, so orienteering can grow all over the world.

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