Team Ireland – WOC2011 France

Irelands senior squad prepare for the 2011 World orienteering champs in France

Meet the Irish WOC team

Here are a few interesting things about the Ireland team members heading to France this year:

Men’s Team

 

Name:   David Healy

Age:   28

Orienteering club’s:   Järla Orientering

Running at WOC:  Sprint and Middle

Your favourite orienteering area:   Le Revard. Not!

 

Your favourite training run:   Head to head sprint O intervals

Your favourite piece of  O kit:   My two new VJ shoes. And i think both are really good and especially light. And it will be very hard for me to decide which one i will use at the world championships.

What is your JWOC/WOC history:   58th JWOC middle A final 2003. 43rd WOC middle final 2010.

What is your main WOC 2011 goal:  Be all kinds of awesome in the sprint and middle finals.
If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be your two partners and why?   Minna Kaupi and Mari Fasting. Winning team jacuzzi session.

 

 

Name:   Marcus Pinker

Age:   37

Orienteering  club’s:   Cork O & FVO

Running at WOC:  Middle and Long

Your favourite orienteering area:  Impossible to say, though I do tend to like any area that’s rough, green and detailed – the WOC terrain is looking very promising!  In Ireland I used to love Knockbarron when the trees were low and thick and internationally (non-)Smokers Flat in Canberra is another area that I absolutely loved.  I do of course also like all the areas in West Cork/Kerry.

Your favourite training run:  The unusual ones; getting out into a completely wild bit of terrain that you’ve never seen before and if possible, visiting a few unusual places along the way.

Your favourite piece of O kit:  The map, if I have one then I’m usually happy!

What is your JWOC/WOC history:  Yikes! JWOC: ’91-’94 (with a best of 20th in the middle in ’93) and WOC: ’95-’01
and ’04 (with a best of 40th in the middle in ’99).

What is your main WOC2011 goal:  To master the terrain and to orienteer well, if you can do that then finals
should be quite realistic and so will a good relay result.

If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be your two
partners and why?  There’s five other Irish guys out there with me at WOC and I’m happy to run with any
two of them if I can manage to get the third place!

 

 

Name:  Seamus O’Boyle

Age:  24

Club’s:  CNOC

Running at WOC:  Sprint 

Your favourite orienteering area:  Inishboffin, I don’t get out there enough. Or any of the West Cork tundra maps.

Your favourite training run:  Anything that goes straight up! Any run in Wicklow or the Mournes, I’ve never been sorry I did it.

Your favourite piece of O kit:  My glorious inov’s! I love the rough laces, the grippy sole, the weightless flight over terrain, the poisoned spike that pops out from the……
sorry that’s a different pair. But yeah, my inov’s

What is your JWOC/WOC history:  JWOC 2006 – Lithuania: Accomplished little
JWOC 2007 – Australia: Accomplished little
WOC 2010 – Norway: Selected for sprint – accomplished little
WOC 2011 – France: Selected for sprint – to infinity and beyond!

 What is your main WOC goal:  Get into the finals, and have a nice rock climb in Chamonix while im out there!

 If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be your two
partners and why?  Well, you have to send out someone steady on the first leg, someone with a cool head and nerves of steel, so that of course would be myself.
Someone sturdy is needed on the second leg to keep the pressure on, and handle the pretenders rising from behind, aka someone with a good set of elbows, so that could only conceviabley be the boss, Colm Hill.
For the last leg, you need someone fit and fast, someone with a huge sprint finish, so much so that it lasts half the race anyway, and to that end I’d take my track fairy Colm Hill and send him out again.

 

 

Name:  Darren Burke

Age:  30

Club’s:   Cork Orienteering Club

Running at WOC:   Long

Your favourite orienteering area:   At the moment it’s Tír na Spidóige. Typical West Cork technical terrain, it was burned earlier in the year too which has made it very fast and enjoyable to run around.

Your favourite training run:  Glanageenty, wish I’d discovered this place to train in a lot sooner. The famous Irish hill runner “John Lenihan” has made a fantastic trail around his local wood. It’s worth a run around to appreciate the
amount of work he has put into it.

Your favourite piece of kit:  Can’t go orienteering without a headband! But I like my Garmin 405 a lot too. The new Garmin 610 looks cool so if anyone wanted to send one of them my direction I’d be a very willing recipient.

What is your JWOC/WOC history:   JWOC 2000, Czech Republic  JWOC 2001, Hungary  WOC 2007, Ukraine – ran Sprint, Long & Middle qualification races.

What is your main WOC2011 goal:   It’s a simple one, “to enjoy the orienteering”. I think if I focus on getting
the orienteering right then I’ll be happy with wherever it gets me.

If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be your two partners and why?
1. Thierry, he’s surely due a win in the relay so it’d be good to be on that team.   2. Bjornar Valstad, did a decent time on Crohane in 1998.
 

 

Name:   Nicolas Simonin

Age:    21

Club’s:    BOC/ IFK Lidingö

Running at WOC:   Sprint and Middle

Your favourite orienteering area:  This year alone Gebiz, Turkey. hard ground and technical orienteering just what I like. 

Your favourite training run:   Don’t have one.  I think it’s boring to run along the same route many times!!
 

Your favourite piece of kit:   Swedish team tights from 1980’s. Really ugly and used only on special occasions
 
What is your JWOC/WOC history:   JWOC 2006 – 2009  (44th middle A final 2009),  WOC 2009, 2010 (41st sprint final, 40th long final  2010)
 

What is your main WOC2011 goal:    To improve on last years results
 
If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be  your two partners and why: Thierry Gueorgiou and Lena eliasson. mama always said ”life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’ re gonna get”
 
 

 

Name:   Ruairi Short

Age:   22

Club’s:  CNOC|DUO|Tullinge SK

Running at WOC:  Long

 

Your favourite orienteering area:  

 Near Millau in France, the open with the rock features.

Your favourite training run:   Over Tonlagee from Annalecka bridge, taking in
Barnacullion in the Wicklow mountains, a nice 90min run.

Your favourite piece of kit:  compass, so necessary (but i think it will soon be magnifying glass!)

What is your JWOC/WOC history:  3 JWOC’s: 2007 Australia (made B final), 2008  Sweden, 2009 Italy (19th in Relay)WOC  Hungary 2009, Long Distance

What is your main WOC2011 goal:   I just want to have a run where I get around the course with good speed and cleanly. We’ll see what the rest of the competitors do on the day to see if i can maybe get close to a final.

If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be your two partners and why?  not Thierry Gueorgiou…

 

 Women’s team

 

 

Name:  Niamh O’Boyle

Age:  27

Club’s:  CNOC & GMOK

Running at WOC:  Sprint and Middle

Your favourite orienteering area:  Inishboffin (an Island off the west coast of Ireland)

Your favourite training run:  Long runs or intervals…or any runs at all

Your favourite piece of kit:  My brain (when it works properly)

What is your JWOC/WOC history:  34th WOC long distance, Trondheim 2010

What is your main WOC goal:  To finish in one piece 🙂

If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team who would be your two partners and why?     Ais and Ros, cause we are going to be great! 

 

 Name:   Aislinn Austin

Age:  28

  Club’s:  EBOR and CORKO
 
Running at WOC:  Middle and Long

 Your favourite orienteering area:  Crohane and any mountainous area in Cork or Kerry. I really enjoy the tough physical terrain, the wilderness of some of the areas and the memories of the marsh football on junior training camps.

 
Your favourite training run:  Any sort of a hill session.
 
Your favourite piece of kit:  Watch, I hate running without one.
 
What is your JWOC/WOC history:   JWOC  2000, 2001, 2002
 
What is your main WOC2011 goal:   To make a final
 
If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be your two partners and why? Toni and Niamh. Toni for her determination and motivation and Niamh has a black belt in karate so could sort out the opposition if it came to a sprint finish and she remains very calm under pressure!
 
 
 
 
Name:   Rosalind Hussey
 
Age:   24
 
Club’s:   Fermo, DUO & FVO
 
Running at WOC:   Sprint and Long
 
 Your favourite orienteering area:    Bull Island is my favourite orienteering area around Dublin. Flat, intricate and easily accessible.

Your favourite training run:   My favourite training run while living in Dublin is getting out to the Dublin or Wicklow mountains each week for whatever IMRA race is on. There’s no slacking and often a great variation between the areas and routes.

Your favourite piece of kit:  I really miss my Garmin if I don’t wear it on training runs. I don’t use it too much during the run, but it’s great for all the stats afterwards.
 
What is your JWOC/WOC history:   This will be my third time competing at WOC. I previously raced in 2009 and 2010.

What is your main WOC2011 goal:   I hope to place well in the sprint, and put in a clean run in the long and relay.

If you were the third member of a dream WOC relay team, who would be your two partners and why?   I’ll be the third member of the dream team at WOC this year with Niamh and Aislinn 🙂

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Team Leader:
 
 
 
Name:  Kyle Heron
 
Age:   23
 
Club’s:  Forth valley orienteers
 
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One response to “Meet the Irish WOC team

  1. Sennen O'Boyle July 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Well done to all and congratulations on selection. Representing Ireland at a World Championships is something that 99.9999% of people only dream about. If only…………….. etc.
    It is indeed a great honour and will be a treasured memory in later years.
    Perhaps it is easy to loose sight of what you have accomplished when you are a regular senior squad member. Selection will almost be automatic for some of you reading this. Congratulations again on what you, each and every one, has achieved through mostly unseen sacrifice, dedication, doubts, injury, training, expense, will-power and determination.
    You are role models for our next generation of internationals. A role to shoulder with quiet pride .Younger orienteers are watching your every move, picking up cues and clues, top tips and moves. Train them well.

    Chapeau, Sennen.

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