Tasmanian orienteers have once again excelled at the Australian 3-days, held around Kingaroy in Queensland over the Easter weekend. The competition was also a selection trial for WOC and JWOC and a part of the National Orienteering League. Our best result in the elite classes came from Brodie Nankervis, who finished a very close 3rd behind former JWOC gold medalist Aston Key. A mere 2.5 minutes separated the first three runners in M21E after three days! Joe Dickinson (pictured) also ran consistently to finish in 6th place overall in a very tough field. In W21E, former Forester Grace Crane is worthy of a mention, winning overall by more than 12 minutes - a very impressive performance! After an eye-watering 12.1 km second day, both Anna and Zoe Dowling posted solid runs, with Anna finishing in 7th place overall.
In the junior elite classes, Mikayla Cooper had some mixed results to finish 7th overall in W20E. She will be looking to improve on that in the sprint distance NOL round next weekend on the Gold Coast, which is also a JWOC selection. Tara Powell ran steadily to finish a creditable 12th place in her 1st W20E 3-days. Niko Stoner and Jett McComb both struggled a little on the 13.1km second day, but had enough good results to finish mid-field overall.
In the all-important age groups, Tassie recorded just one win - David Marshall's 1st place (by almost 14 minutes overall) in M70. Promising young juniors Liana Stubbs and Euan Best finished in 2nd and 3rd place in W16 and M16 respectively, while Cathy and Jon McComb made it two-for-two with their 2nd places in W50 and M50.
Other notable performances were:
W18A - Zali McComb 2nd, Sophie Best 3rd
W50A - Allison Stubbs 3rd
W55A - Sue Hancock 2nd
M65A - Jeff Dunn 2nd
Open Hard - Nicola Marshall 1st
Open Moderate Short - Eddie Stoner 1st
And last but not least, Mick Cooper, who finished 16th in the large and legendary 'Sledge' class, promoted by organisers as the class where '...any age, gender and, to a degree, any skill level can run it and not feel outclassed.'