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Junior of the Month

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'! She competes very competently in all sorts of competitions, and did particularly well in one recently, as you'll read in her profile. She is also a member of the Yorkshire Squad, giving her all the tools to achieve those top results!

  1. When/how did you start orienteering? I’ve been orienteering ever since I was born in the cold and rain and somehow have ended up loving it.
  2. What’s your best achievement? Probably this Scottish 6 days (just finished), as I ran up to W14, managing a 2nd, 7th and a 3rd, and coming 5th overall!
  3. What big events have you done? A lot! Including O-ringen, OO cup and Swiss O Week.
  4. Who’s your main rival? Lyra from Wessex this year and Daisy from WCOC but I also enjoy racing against Anna, Imogen & Alex.
  5. What training do you do? Hallamshire Harriers athletics, SYO coaching and club night (when I can), YHJS squad and coaching with Nick Lightfoot. I also go orienteering practically every weekend.
  6. What’s your orienteering goal? I would like to get selected for Interland and JHIs next year and Lagganlia and World Schools the year after.
  7. What comes to mind when told ‘We’re going orienteering’? What’s the area like and who’s going to be there?
  8. What other sports/activities do you do? Dancing, Cross Country, Athletics, Drama, Netball and Football.
  9. What’s your favourite meal? I don’t have a favourite but I do love pasta.
  10. What’s your orienteering top tip? Stay focussed, Make a plan and have lots of fun!(Without falling in a bog.)
Freya on the run-in at the YBT Final this year at Sandringham (Rob Lines)

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 - so let's found 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

As you'll see, Carys has got really involved, going from the Schools League to being a full member of the Yorkshire and Humberside Junior Squad. By attending bigger events such as the JK (it's coming up at Easter!), she's managed to improve her level of experience, allowing her now to compete competently at events - whether they're local or national. She frequently represents the club in competitions, such as the Yvette Baker, Peter Palmer and CompassSport Cup, 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!). We thought all this made him truly deserving of being our Junior of the Month... 

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, coming 4th against other far more experienced juniors. Let's find out a bit about her...