Orienteer on course for success
Rebecca Greenwood has been orienteering since before she can remember.
With the number of competitions she’s winning, she’s struggling to keep track of that too.
The Central Zone Championships, AKSS Sprint Series, Inter Zone and Oceania Championships are just a few the 12-year-old has won.
If you’re ever lost in the bush, Rebecca is the kind of person you need by your side.
The sport of orienteering requires a varied set of skills, many of which come as second nature to the St Cuthbert’s pupil.
‘‘I like orienteering because it’s not just running,’’ the Mt Eden resident says.
‘‘You get to go to some really cool places.
‘‘You have to be good at running but you also have to be good at matching what’s on the map to what’s on the ground.’’
Rebecca’s love of orienteering can be described as a family affair with her father, mother and brother all involved in the sport.
‘‘There are pictures of my dad out and about with me sitting in a carrier,’’ Rebecca says.
‘‘It’s a great sport for families. When I was young my parents took me through string courses. I was about 9 when I started doing it on my own.’’
For someone so young her experience has paid off, helping her team to win the Auckland Secondary Schools Orienteering Relays by a whopping 27 minutes.
A future of orienteering
is strongly within her grasp, Rebecca is now setting her sights on the Junior World Orienteering Championships.
‘‘I’m probably a bit too young for it next year. They run red courses and I only run orange.
‘‘I just need to start doing it more and more.’’
The sport has allowed Rebecca to travel all over New Zealand, to Tasmania and even Italy.
‘‘It’s a great thing to do with other people,’’ she says.
‘‘You can do your course but you can also just have fun and talk with friends.’’
Orienteering prodigy Rebecca Greenwood is making winning times all over New Zealand.