Perse orienteer selected to represent England
Perse pupil Tim Harrison has been selected to represent England in the Interland 2013 competition.
Tim, who is in Year 9 of the Upper and is one of the youngest in the team, explained:
“Orienteering is an outdoor sport which is completed on foot. You have to navigate around a forest or mountain using a compass and a specially drawn map. On the course you have to visit control sites in the correct order, using an electronic device on your finger to record your presence and the time of your visit. The winner is the one with the fastest time on their course.
Typical courses for my age group are between 3 and 4 kilometres as the crow flies, though as you choose your own route the distance you run will be about one and a half times more.
This is the first time I have been selected, although I am in the youngest age group. I have worked hard over the last year to achieve the standard necessary and I am proud and excited to run for England.”
To qualify, Tim competed in two out of three selection races last term and came second in both. Interland is an annual competition between England, Northern France, a French-speaking Belgian team, a Flemish-speaking Belgian team, Holland and this year a guest team from Saxony.
The 2013 competition is the weekend of 9 and 10 March, in Breda, Southern Holland.