Ori­en­teer on course for suc­cess

Central Leader - - SPORT - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

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.

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