2023 ACTIVITY REPORT AND 2024 GREAT NEWS (read until the end!)
One year after the very first international competition, 3 Days Mauritius Orienteering, held in cooperation with Park World Tour and with the support of IOF and the Orienteering Ministry of Sport, many things happened in this beautiful country.
The local organisers held several activities to spread orienteering: In May, for the World Orienteering Day, 4 different activities took place:
On 10th May, a training on Orienteering was organized for CAIE PE students at Q. Militaire SSS. Cluster of 4 Girls schools with over 50 participants
A race in Palmar Public beach on 13th May 2023
Activities were organised at MIE – Mauritius Institute of Education on 18th May 2023
On 19th May 2023 a Training on Orienteering for CAIE PE students of Zone 2 cluster is organised by PE Section for Boys n Girls (G10 n G11) at SIG SSS, Q. Militaire. 70 students in attendance. 21 Girls n 49 boys.
Mauritius orienteerign news
The biggest success so far occurred on 1st June during an Orienteering activity in Palmar beach: over 160 participants were on the starting list!
Local organisers worked very hard during this year to test and develop the orienteering skills of people of Mauritius but also the skills to organise orienteering events at different levels.
The interest of this sport is increasing and therefore the local Federation is planning to enlarge the orienteering family of the country by organizing another webinar starting in the month of January 2024, wishing that many more new people and energies will gather to get help.
The big goal is set for the end of 2024, and get ready for it… 3 Days Orienteering Mauritius will be back! From 21st to 24th November 2024, with a brand new competition area on the south of the island mapped by the locals!
3 events, of which 2 will return to the spectacular areas of Pamplemousses Botanical Garden for a very interesting sprint race and to Domain de Lagrave for a challenging middle race!
So… book your flights, let’s het ready for a new orienteering adventure!
Last stage Was a long distance course in the forest, most of the participants of the Academy finished before the heavy rain and hail…
On the way back from the arena in Änn, we stopped for a sightseeing at Njarka Sameläger, a reconstructed Sami village to see some of their traditional homes.
After the dinner, a nice long talk about the experience of the Academy and the O-Ringen this year. We are ready to improve and to keep supporting all the participants in their home countries, with all the possible means we have!
In the evening, we had the chance to sit with Grant Bluett, gold medal in the World Games in 2001, who shared his orienteering life with us, and with Jenny Nilsson – Event Manager of IOF who explained the World Orienteering Day project, which will soon become WOW: World Orienteering Week!
In the free day we took some participants of the Academy to see the MTBO stage in Järpen.
We also promoted the 2 must-have books for all orienteers: •the history of sprint orienteering, in “Made for loving it” •the collection of all maps and memories of World O-Championships since 1966: “Memories of the winners”
We went then for sightseeing the Ristafallet falls
And some of the participants went in town to watch the Sprint race of Elite classes.
We enjoyed to make together a puzzle of orienteering map awarded by LearnJoy ☺️
With a much more pleasant weather today, the race in an open area was easier for someone, and more challenging for others. Anyway everybody completed the course end enjoyed the day.
In the evening we had the pleasure to welcome Peo Bengtsson who told us about how O-Ringen started and some other amazing memories, while Albin and Johanna Ridefelt gave the Academy participants some very valuable advices.