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British Orienteering has published updated guidance about coronavirus and orienteering, requiring that all orienteering events be cancelled at this time. SYO has therefore followed this advice and cancelled all events within the next few months.

Junior of the Month

Naomi T

It's July, and this month we asked Naomi T some questions. She has been orienteering for 6 years now and is a very experienced member of our squad. Recently she has been excelling at the lockdown orienteering competitions including making her way into the grand final in the online British Open!! She has also been running in the SYO catching features every week and consistently putting down strong performances. Here's what she said...

  1. When/how did you start orienteering? I started orienteering in the Schools league at the Weston Park event in 2014.
  2. What’s your best achievement? Second at the British Schools event.
  3. What big events and club competitions are you doing this year? I was planning on attending a few big events this year, but they have since been cancelled, so I’m just going to try and get to as many events once they start back up again, hopefully before the end of the year. However, I’m probably going to have another go at a Lockdown-O Competition.
  4. What training do you do? I attend club nights, but since COVID-19 I’ve been doing the TOC’s on Saturday and some orienteering around my local parks.
  5. What’s your orienteering goal? To attend as many events as possible, in as many different places.
  6. What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? Either, Where is it going to be, anywhere new? or How much climb is there going to be on my course?
  7. What other sports/activities do you do? Alongside orienteering I also take part in Royal Marine Cadets
  8. What's your favourite meal? Jacket potato, with cheese and beans.
  9. What’s your orienteering top tip? Make sure you’re not trying to orienteer and take bearings upside-down on the map, and to have a look how you are going to get the control from in the control circle, and not just how to how to get to the control circle.

And a couple of bonus questions....

  1. Which bit of the Lockdown O competitions have you particularly enjoyed and why? There are a few games I have particularly enjoyed like route choice, but I have just really enjoyed the competition overall, as it has made me practice and have a go at things I wouldn’t normally do.
  2. What is your favourite/most memorable team O event - and why? (eg CSC, YBT, Peter Palmers) My favourite team event is definitely the Peter Palmers because I think it was one of my first orienteering events outside of Sheffield and is one I always look forward to every year.

Naomi out orienteering

June 2020...

June 2020...

Robbie L

June is here, real orienteering events are slowly being re-introduced. In the meantime, Lockdown Orienteering is still going strong. For this month, we examined the results from the various virtual Lockdown O's, and one real standout competitor is Robbie L. He consistantly puts in strong performances in all disciplines and is extremely skilled at Catching Features - an orienteering simulation game.....

May 2020...

Conrad R

Outdoor orienteering events are still cancelled, so this month we've taken a look back at some results before lockdown started. This time we interviewed one of the top M14's in the country, with a heap of amazing results under his belt. Conrad has put in super strong performances all year round, but his most recent standout result was at this year's Interland in March, where he ran fastest out of all the England M14's.

April 2020...

Imogen P

Even though all orienteering events and activities have been cancelled, our Junior of the Month series will continue strong. To brighten up your time spent stuck at home, we interviewed Imogen P to find out more about one of our highly experienced Juniors who has been orienteering for 7 years now and represented England in a number of international competitions. Let's here what she had to say...

March 2020...

Will P

After what's felt like month's on end of Winter, we've finally arrived at March! We've got an exciting month coming up as a club, with our CompassSport Cup Heat, and our first shot at getting some national individual and relay podiums at the British Long & Relay Champs (that never took place!). This month we've profiled one of our younger juniors who's a real superstar! Let's find out more about him...

February 2020...

Claudine H

Spring feels like it's just around the corner, but before we get into the big competition season there's lots of events going on locally. Our really popular Saturday afternoon events are the perfect opportunity for Juniors and their families to get experience planning (designing the courses) for an event - and that's exactly what Claudine did recently for the Whirlowbrook event last month. So we asked her a few questions about what it was like...

January 2020...

SYO Junior Squad - 2019

It's been a fantastic year for the SYO Junior Squad; many juniors have had individual podium successes, or been selected for Yorkshire Juniors quad or national training camps. 12 of our SYO juniors competed at the World Schools Orienteering in Estonia, SYO Killer Bees won the Joan George Trophy at the Peter Palmer Relays, and SYO Juniors were the winners of the Yvette Baker Trophy - for the 3rd consecutive year.

December 2019...

Alex E

It's Chriiiiiistmasssss!!!! Less than one month to go now until you can unbox some nice new shiny O shoes from under the tree - or maybe it's a SIAC you're hoping for! But until then, why not have a read of our Junior of the Month - which has a bit of a Christmas twist! Remember that all our previous JoMs are available below - Last Christmas we gave you Anna... This year we've had a chat to Alex E! Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

November 2019...

Jamie L

We're well on our way to Christmas, with only 1 JoM to go until the new year! But this month we've taken a look back at October, by chatting to our star performer at the Junior Home Internationals! But Jamie also puts in strong performances all year round, both at junior competitions representing the club, and selection races for training camps and even bigger competitions. He was one of our 3 juniors who went to Lagganlia this year!

October 2019...

Ella B

It's already feeling like Autumn... it's not stopped raining for days, the leaves are starting to fall, and the nights are drawing in! So after a tough bit of training in the cold and torchlight, why not settle down by the fire and have a read of this month's Junior of the Month - and it's a good one! A stiff rival of our JoM from sunny June, Ella is competing amazingly on the national stage, taking all of the British Sprint, British Middle and JK Sprint titles this year!!!

September 2019...

Sam T

As the holidays come to an end, and we all start to head back to school this week, we've had a chat to Sam who's had a great summer of orienteering. He put in some fab runs at the Scottish 6 Days and White Rose - more in his profile about these results! And yet he's only been orienteering 2 years - a great example of how you don't just have to be aged 10 to start orienteering, and can quickly get up to speed to the right Technical Difficulty.

August 2019...

Freya T

The eagle-eyed among you may have spotted this has been a couple of months in the making, but since June we've won the Yvette Baker Trophy, the summer holidays have begun, various of our Juniors have gone off to training camps in Scotland (keep an eye out for reports in September!), and lots of our Juniors have just got back from the Scottish 6 Days... so we gave ourselves a holiday too! So Freya is our Junior of the 'summer'!

June 2019...

Charlotte C

We've reached the end of the big competition season, and so now its time to celebrate the successes of our Juniors. Someone definitely making an appearance there is Charlotte, our Junior of the Month for June - with her being this years' Northern, British Long and JK Overall Champion. This is an amazing achievement, with an equally amazing medal haul - so let's find out more about this superstar!

May 2019...

Alex C

It's an incredibly busy time in the orienteering calendar, with the biggest National events taking place in April and May. And of course 12 of our juniors are currently away competing at WSOC in Estonia. Despite all this going on, before her departure to compete in the Junior Girls Select category at WSOC, we managed to catch up with Alex to ask her a few questions. Find out more on the WSOC 2019 Website

April 2019...

High Storrs Boys Team for WSOC

In a bit of a break from tradition, we've had a chat to not one, but FIVE juniors. With less than one month to go until the High Storrs Boys Team jet off to Estonia along with 7 other SYO Juniors, we've asked them about their expectations of the World Schools Orienteering Championships, as well as their preparations for it, and the selection race last year.  Let's meet the team and hear what they had to say...

March 2019...

Will G

One of our strong cohort of M16s, Will and his family have only started orienteering relatively recently, coming up through the Schools series. They now attend almost all of our club events, along with many other regional and national events - check out what big events Will's going to this year at the end of his profile. This is a great way to gain inspiration as to what events you could give a try this year. But without further ado, let's hear from Will...

February 2019...

Carys P

Carys has got really involved, going from the Schools League to being a full member of the Yorkshire Junior Squad. By attending bigger events such as the JK, she's managed to improve her level of experience, allowing her now to compete competently at bigger national events. She frequently represents the club in competitions, such as the Yvette Baker, Peter Palmer & CSC, as well as attending our club night and monthly trainings...

January 2019...

Ryan E

Well a New Year, and we've already reached our 5th Junior of the Month! So far we've heard from Juniors as young as W10, and as old as W18 - but this month we've gone ever older, and had a chat with Ryan, who has just moved into the M20 age category. Although you can't compete at junior competitions like Peter Palmers, Yvette Baker, and JIRCs, you're still very much a junior at this age, not yet 'old' enough to run the full M/W21 Elite courses, or pay the senior entry fee! And as you'll find out below, Ryan is very much still a junior at heart...

 

December 2018...

Anna T

Despite orienteering for just over a year, Anna has already excelled herself with her super-keen attitude, respresenting the club in team competitions and national championships with brilliant results (as you'll find out below!). But in addition to this, she's a very active club member - this being proved when she was the first SYO member to recieve a 20 participation T-shirt. Perhaps her greatest success though has been persuading the rest of her family to join the club - ideal for travelling to the bigger events!

 

November 2018...

Max M

Max is another one of our Schools League Stars. In less than 5 years, he has gone from a total beginner to representing England, at both Interland (a competition between parts of Belgium, France, the Netherlands & England) and more recently the Junior Home Internationals. On top of this, he was selected to go on the Lagganlia training camp this summer. (You can read about these experiences in the Summer 2018 Round-up!)

October 2018...

James B

This month, we've had a chat with James to find out a bit more about him. He's come up through our Schools League, and is now very competently competing at national championships and club competitions. He's even ended up in hospital just to achieve those top results! Let's see what he had to say...

 

September 2018...

Isabelle H

As our first ever Junior of the Month, we have profiled Isabelle. Now a W16, she competently runs the courses for her age class at national championships, despite being relatively new to the sport (along with the rest of her family). A very active club member, Isabelle often helps out at events, as well as running at club competitions - such as the recent Yvette Baker Final, where she scored points for Team SYO.