This year I was very happy to be selected to be a participant on the Lagganlia orienteering training week in Scotland. To be chosen for this I had to perform well in various events including the British and JK.
We trained every day in different areas focusing on different skills including compasswork, attack points, contours and simplification. We were split ont small coaching groups. Each group was under the supervision of two coaches for the whole of the week. My group was coached by Ann and Don, both very experienced and friendly orienteers.
The aspect which I feel I learnt most from was learning to read contours, helped by the excellent terrain. This impression was borne out by my performance in the classic race, where I finished about half way up the list of girls, and I was pleased with this result. Overall I believe that my map reading has improved significantly, and I am able to simplify the map and visualise the terrain better than I used to.
We all got to know each other during the evening activities which included a barbecue, swimming (in the nearby lake) and other fun competitions. I really enjoyed making new friends from all parts of the country; I hope to see them every so often at big events and compare experiences of races and courses with them.
I would really like to thank all the coaches but especially Nev and Tony who led the tour and put in a lot of hard work, and the chefs and other helpers who made the week complete.
Finally and most importantly I would like to thank you very much for the money you sponsored me with from the Jack Bloor Fund. It was a great experience and I shall not forget it!