Congratulations to the six Christchurch South Students who competed in the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Orienteering Competition, held during the last week of the July school holidays.
This year, the National competition was staged in Canterbury with three days of racing.
The first event was a sprint race held at Avonside Girls High School, where a maze-like map makes it difficult for the brain to keep up with the legs. The second event was a long distance race at Leithfield forest, testing student’s stamina in addition to their navigation.
The competition culminated in a relay race, with teams of three, held at Bottle Lake forest, with pressure to avoid making a navigational mistake in a more hectic setting with many students competing concurrently.
There was some tough competition in all classes with a total of 400 competitors from all over New Zealand participating. All South students embraced the challenge of the technical navigation and showed perseverance to complete all three stages of the competition.
The boys all had good runs in the relay which contributed to a fantastic third place in the year 7/8 boys relay event.
The next school orienteering competition, the Canterbury Schools Championships, will be taking place on the weekend of 15/16 September. Everybody is welcome to take part.