Sunday, June 25, 2017

Estonian culture

Hello again!
As it was St John's day in Estonia today we are going to introduce you to some of the quirky culture of Estonia.
On the 22nd of June Estonian people celebrate St John's eve which is like their midsummer celebration. Estonians light bonfires and drink till the wee hours of the morning. During these celebrations it is customary for people to jump the bonfires and make a wish. I would guess that most people would just wish to make it to the other side.
On this night people also head out into the forest to look for the elusive fern blossom which is suppose to bring good luck and fertility to those who find it. According to google no ferns flower, so that's probably why the Estonian population growth is slow.

Athlete profile!

Name: Brodie Nankervis

DJ name: Brodizzle
Age: 22
Number of wocs: 2
Disciplines: sprint qual and sprint final
State of origin: Tasweigen 
Coffee or tea?: tea
Favourite orienteering map: Tinpot creek 
What do you do in your non-orienteering life?: eat breakfast at traffic lights and prods other people with his extremities 
Favourite quote: “but they were big beers”- MCK
Two truths, one lie: I don't like orienteering, I once pooed in the shower and I am a Physio.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Quiz for the day

How many pieces of fruit are in the bowl?

Bonus question. Where is the team sitting?

Athelete profile: Krystal Neumann

Name: Krystal Neumann 
Nick name: Meth
Age: 26
Number of wocs: 3
Disciplines: sprint, sprint relay and long
State of origin: Queensland 
Coffee or tea?: tea
Favourite orienteering map: do not have one
What do you do in your non-orienteering life?: Travel, study, teach. 
Favourite quote: there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes

Why do you like orienteering?: it's fun to run in the forest and I go to cool places.
Training update:
Today we went out to a map near the town of Otepaa. Yesterday we went through this town and it hailed. It hailed a lot. The forest was quite nice today and runnable but there were places where low visibility made navigation challenging.

Training Camp - Sprint Training

Storks nest - no room for shoe rack

Sprint Training near the Border

Training camp digs
Forgot to include the photo of the team house - from the outside. Very nice and much more spacious than the special poles set up for storks to make their nests. These are everywhere. Not sure if there's a map symbol for stork nest??

Sprint training was on a neat map near the border with Latvia, Valga-Valka.
Nice and technical.
Sprint Training in Valga-Valka

Almost as technical as the 'down time' activities of solving the 3 Aliens Maths Problem,
and playing Bananagrams.
Simon & Henry figuring out maths problems - how relaxing!

Henry and o bags?

Hello again!
Today we have a quiz for you. Can you correctly name the o-bag to the person in the house.
Your options are Simon, Bridget, Henry, Belinda, Krystal and Jim.
Write your answer in the comments.

Athlete profile: Henry!

Name: Henry McNulty
Nick name: Fenry
Age: 20
Number of wocs: 2
Disciplines: sprint, sprint relay
State of origin: Western Australia 
Coffee or tea: Coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon
Favourite orienteering map: Hill Park Dale
What do you do in your non-orienteering life?: I think about numbers
Favourite quote: you'll have to speak up I'm wearing a towel

Why do you like orienteering?: I was forced into it and now it's too late to get out

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Training Camp - Day 1

Into the forest

So we've been checking out what low visibility means by Estonian standards... it looks a bit like this...

Estonian forest

The area was on a map called Paidapalun, south of where the Middle Distance competition will be held. The forest was really nice underfoot - but really low visibility!!    Fun running.



Introducing  Belinda, one of our two Boomerangs debutants ...

Belinda Lawford

Name: Belinda Lawford
Nick name: Bun
Age: 26
Number of WOCs?: 1
Disciplines in 2017: sprint and middle
State of origin: ACT
Coffee or tea?: tea
Favourite orienteering map: Cascades and Pittwater
What do you do in your non-orienteering life?: PhD, that's pretty much all I do.
Favourite quote: It's a moo point, it's like a cows opinion, it's moo.
Why do you like orienteering?: cause it's different every time.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

We are in Estonia!

Hello everyone! The Aussies have arrived in Estonia. We are currently on our training camp in a small BnB farm called Hallivarku which we just learnt means Grey Hill. We have seen no grey or hills yet.

Cosy Training Camp Accommodation

The impressive shoe rack!
Here are some photos of our accommodation and our wonderful shoe rack which will ever increase once Brodie arrives.
All is well here and we will try to keep you updated on our training. We are heading out to a map near the middle this afternoon. 

We hope you enjoy following us on the team blog..sorry the full blog site is not up to date, but we'll  work on that when we are not out training, or eating or tidying the shoe rack!

Each day we'll introduce one or two of our Aussie WOC Team members to you, as they answer a few quirky questions.
Firstly, Boomerangs regular...Simon Uppill.

Simon Uppill
Name: Simon Uppill
Nick name: Bun
Age: 29
Number of WOCs?: 9
Disciplines in 2017: sprint, sprint relay, middle
State of origin: Queensland
Coffee or tea?: neither
Favourite orienteering map: I don't know, lots of maps?
What do you do in your non-orienteering life?: works, cats and games.
Favourite quote: Rachel’s not here, so I'm right.
Why do you like orienteering?: I go places.