Gritty ef­fort from ori­en­teer­ing team

Central Leader - - NEWS -

A five-strong ori­en­teer­ing team from Dioce­san School for Girls can now put their feet up af­ter con­quer­ing some of the sport’s Euro­pean pow­er­house na­tions to fin­ish fourth in the World Schools Ori­en­teer­ing Cham­pi­onships.

The stu­dents tack­led two pun­ish­ing cour­ses in Por­tu­gal on April 17 and 19, run­ning across sand dunes and steep ter­rain with loose rock and thick gorse.

They fin­ished with an over­all fourth place based on the com­bined times of the best three run­ners in each race.

The five ori­en­teers fea­tured in the Cen­tral Leader on April 10 af­ter win­ning the right to rep­re­sent New Zealand fol­low­ing their suc­cess at the national com­pe­ti­tion last year.

Team man­ager Jenny Cade says the Por­tu­gal course de­manded men­tal tough­ness to com­plete.

‘‘The coaches and or­gan­is­ers had never seen peo­ple with their legs so badly cut up. Those who just ran in socks and shoes with no gaiters came back with red, sting­ing welts all over their legs.’’

Six ath­letes from other teams gave up part way through the race be­cause of the con­di­tions, she says.

Swe­den was first over­all, France sec­ond and Latvia third.

Lead­ing ori­en­teers: Dioce­san stu­dents, from left, Gemma Scown, Lau­ren Holmes, Hay­ley Ewen, Han­nah Pit­man-Bell and Cather­ine An­drew came fourth in the World Schools Ori­en­teer­ing Cham­pi­onships in Por­tu­gal on April 20.

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