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Three Tasmanians in JWOC Team

JWOC 2018Three Tasmanian athletes have been named in the 2018 Australian Team for the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Hungary in July. 

Zoe Dowling, Rachel Allen and Joe Dickinson all performed strongly at four selection races held over the Easter break in Tasmania as part of the Australian 3-days Orienteering carnival.

After starting the final race on Monday in second place, Dowling moved through the field in the highly competitive women’s junior elite class to take first place overall.

Dickinson had his best race of the carnival on Monday, taking out the win by over a minute and moving himself into second position overall after four races. 

Allen finished the carnival strongly in fifth place.

Coach-in-residence Mark Purkis of the UK, who finished 9th in the men's open elite class, has been working closely with Tasmania's top orienteers over the summer to improve their technical skills and confidence in the forest. 

'I'm thrilled to see such great results from our juniors in the Australian 3-Days and I've every confidence that they will continue to improve as they compete over the European summer,' Mr Purkis said. 

This will be the third Junior World Championships outing for Dowling and the second for Allen and Dickinson. Last year, Dickinson finished in 17th place in the sprint distance and will be looking to improve on that performance in 2018. The competition will take place from 7-15 July in complex sand dune terrain near Kecskemét, Hungary.

Photo from left: Rachel Allen, Joe Dickenson and Zoe Dowling