Seasoned sports administrator Christine Brown, from Launceston, has been appointed on the jury for the Junior World Championships (JWOC). JWOC is being held in Silkeborg, Denmark this July.
Christine has been actively involved in the administration of elite orienteering for nearly 20 years. "It gives me a reason to travel to places I'd never otherwise have visited. I enjoy being involved at the elite end of sport because of the atmosphere. There's great excitement plus high emotions from the athletes themselves. Sometimes joy and sometimes tears. I also enjoy the friendships I've made all over the world - Europe, Taiwan, New Zealand and even South America." said Christine.
She's put her hand up for JWOC 2019 because she was already going to be in Europe for the World Rogaining Champions in Lamolina, Spain (competing as a Veteran). To keep her high level International Orienteering Federation accreditation - as an IOF Event Advisor - she needs to keep up her involvement through such roles.
Denmark has a special place in Christine's orienteering memories. After being on the jury for JWOC 2006 held in Lithuania, Christine swung into Aarhus to watch fellow Tasmanian Hanny Allston win her gold medal in the Sprint at the World Championships.
Christine first began helping out on the world stage back in 1985 when Australia hosted the World Championships near Bendigo, Victoria. This was just one year after she started orienteering herself. Christine's job was to sit at a control and check the control cards of every competitor as they ran through. These were the days before SI - when the only way to definitively tell whether athletes visited controls in the correct order was to have people checking this out on the course itself.
As well as her impressive CV in orienteering administration, Christine also regularly competes. Her best ever result as a W21E - was a 4th place in an Australian Team selection race. These days she's regularly at the top of the field in her age group.