The ‘Gothenburg’ training camp is designed as a ‘self-help’ tour. Athletes attending will be expected to plan their own training. They will also be expected to be generally well organised, capable of preparing their own meals and self sufficient whilst being supervised by an experienced coach.
The camp runs from Saturday 21st August to Monday 30th August 2021
Congratulations to the following athletes who have been selected for this year’s “Gothenburg” camp
Generic information about Gothenburg
Introduction and background
The ‘Gothenburg’ tour is unique in that its purpose is to teach those about to leave the ranks of junior orienteers, ie M/W20’s, how to plan and undertake their own training within a Scandinavian environment.
Such a tour was conceived specifically as a ‘self-help’ tour led by a Senior Coach experienced in training in Scandinavian terrain and familiar with a specific location or orienteering club.
This style of tour was initially suggested and led by Mark Saunders in 2012.
Because of his knowledge and experience of orienteering in the Gothenburg area the camp that year was based in that city.
The location of future camps will therefore be decided by the Coach who is leading the tour, their experience and contacts.
Accommodation is dependent upon the location but is likely to be in an Orienteering Club hut.
It is therefore likely that sleeping will be on a floor but that showers and toilets will be close by.
All food will be bought and prepared by the attendees and therefore athletes will be expected to assist with chores during the camp.
It is anticipated that every effort will be made to make use of public transport throughout the course of the camp.
The camp is aimed at M/W20’s, and if room permits some M/W18’s.
It is likely that the camp will take place in August and recognising that the athletes may wish to return home at various times, for example for ‘A’ level results, attendance at the camp will be flexible allowing athletes to join and leave the camp at various times other than the planned start and finish.
James Yule SO
Alex Wetherill WAOC
Frank Townley SN
Olly Tonge BOK
Joe Hudd WCOC
Rosie Spencer WCOC
Isobel Cox BASOC
Lizzie Stansfield EUOC
Alice Wilson CLYDE
Ffion Jones SO
It is possible that a number of other athletes who also expressed an interest will be added to this list, once the situation with JWOC and GBR attendance is known.
Whilst it may not be possible to hold this camp in Gothenburg a Plan B is in place to hold the camp in Scotland on the Morayshire coast - subject to Scottish Government Covid regulations. A decision will be made in the middle of July.
With the possible lack of selection races and with the hope that the camp will be able to go ahead, the Selector for the camp has asked the athletes to self nominate by 14th June 2021.
Nomination should be accompanied by a supporting statement by the athlete.
The selector will at his discretion consider;
a) previous performances in major races in 2019 and 2020 and major races in 2021 (up to 6th June 2021).
b) evidence that athletes may provide of their current form and/or fitness.
c) intention to compete in major races in the summer and other training camps including those selected by British Orienteering
If a further update to the policy is required, then this will be communicated as soon as feasible, in order to give athletes the best chance to plan and prepare.
Please note that no nominations received after 14th June 2021 will be considered.
Nominations should be sent to;
The Camp is predominantly for M/W19s born in 2002 and top M/W18s born in 2003.
The camp will be for a maximum of 20 athletes.
The Selector may choose not to fill all available places if there are insufficient suitable athletes.
The tour selector
The tour athletes will be selected by Mark Saunders (BOK and SWOC) and will be reviewed by the Chairman of Junior Regional Orienteering Squads (JROS).