It’s championship season for rogaining. This year the 17th World Championships were held in the Czech Republic on 26/27 August, with Australians contributing to a number of the 271 teams (567 competitors) from 22 countries. Even though there are no known photos of them topless (unlike the competitors pictured), congratulations to best placed Aussie team, ARA President David Rowlands and teammate Jonathan Sutcliffe, and Canberra’s Geoff Lawford and his teammate Rod Gray 2nd in Men’s Ultravets. A superb performance also from Australia's "Dream Team" of Joanna George, Abigail George and Meredith Norman who won Womens Under 23 by 610 points. The following were the Australian placings:
· Joanna George, Abigail George, Meredith Norman - 1st Women Under 23
· Thorlene Egerton, Shari Hymes (USA) - 1st Women Super Veterans
· Rod Gray, Geoff Lawford - 2nd Men Ultra Veterans
· Robin Spriggs, Sharon Crawford (USA) - 3rd Women Ultra Veterans
See full details on the event website here https://wrc2022.rogaining.cz/live-centrum/
Closer to home, good luck to those entering the Australasian Champs/Intervarsity in Avoca, Vic on 8/9 October, the same weekend as ANU students will be competing at a mystery location near Canberra in the annual Inward Bound competition. Sadly the twice COVID-postponed NSW Champs in Gundabooka on 24/25 September was cancelled due to rain closing access roads the week before the event.
Whoever and wherever you are, remember that when you’re rogaining it’s really important to help us help you stay safe. Please make sure you complete all pre-race safety steps required by event organisers.