Several University of Auckland students have their sights set to compete on the international stage for orienteering during July.
From 9 to 15 July, seven University of Auckland students will head overseas to Engadin, Switzerland to compete for the Junior World Orienteering title.
The team will depart New Zealand on Monday 27 June and will commence training in the first week of July.
The students that will represent New Zealand are Engineering students Matthew Goodall, Jonty Oram, Cameron de’ Isle and Kayla Fairbairn, as well as Tommy Hayes (Science), Alice Tilley (Arts) and Devon Beckham (Commerce).
Many of the students are familiar with the international competitions. For Alice and Kayla (both 18 years of age), this will be their third Junior World Orienteering Championships, after competing in the event for the last two years in Bulgaria and Norway respectively.
First-year Arts student, Alice, says the demands of both orienteering and University life can be difficult with such limited time.
“At times it can be hard to balance both workload and training load especially with the Championships just around the corner from exams, but prioritising is always key,” she says.
When asked about how it felt to earn the opportunity to represent her country in Switzerland, Kayla stressed how great an occasion it is to be selected in the New Zealand team for the third consecutive year.
“It is an amazing opportunity to race against around 50 countries in the mountains of Switzerland, representing New Zealand and the University. It will be incredible experience,” she says.
Alice, Kayla, Matthew, Jonty, Cameron, Tommy and Devon are all supported by the High Performance Student Support Programme and the Sport Support Fund. For more information on the upcoming event, check out the Junior Orienteering World Championships website.