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...
- When/how did you start orienteering? I started orienteering in the Schools league at the Weston Park event in 2014.
- What’s your best achievement? Second at the British Schools event.
- 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.
- 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.
- What’s your orienteering goal? To attend as many events as possible, in as many different places.
- 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?
- What other sports/activities do you do? Alongside orienteering I also take part in Royal Marine Cadets
- What's your favourite meal? Jacket potato, with cheese and beans.
- 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....
- 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.
- 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.