martedì 8 agosto 2017

Orienteering Scholarship in Australia

Visit Australia and coach orienteering or make maps (or both). Live with a local family and enjoy orienteering upside down!

Visitate l'Australia ed insegnate orienteering o realizzate cartine (o entrambi). Vivete in una famiglia locale e godetevi l'orienteering a testa in giù!

My experience / La mia esperienza:

Stefano Raus

Country of origin: Italy
Scholarship Year: 2016 - 2017 (7 months)
Scholarship Location: Adelaide, SA


I lived for 7 months around Adelaide and I did exactly what every orienteering lover and mapper would do. And that was a dream come true! With the support of Aus WOC team members Bridget and Simon, but also with new ideas and visions, my experience there went smoothly (even if I was was the first coach in-residence for SA). I always had lots of juniors, kids, elites and parents at training sessions (from sprint intervals to punching competitions, time-trials and sand dunes training with a map 100% generated from lidar), and we had so many different activities that I’ve been extremely busy.

I stayed with different families and I experienced different cultures: everything is so different than in Europe, from the people’s behaviour to the landscapes, but believe me: it’s unique. If I had some free time, I’ve always used it to make some sprint maps in interesting areas or developing new ideas for o-exercises… maybe it was my fault but I love to be busy with orienteering. Of course I enjoyed spectating the Tour Down Under, the Clipsal 500 and some cricket matches, and I travelled with my new o-friends to NOL events in Queensland, ACT and Tasmania; plus we had a training camp in New Zealand! During these 7 months I added more experiences on my CV and now I got a seat in DP in Sports Coaching and Management at Haaga Helia University in Finland.

Some relevant facts during my 193 days in Australia:
I met 9 cats, I travelled 9,131 km with my car, I held 10 evening teaching sessions, I took 18 flights (with only 1 emergency landing), I recorded 176 activities on Strava, I set approx. 368 courses on Ocad, I organised 38 orienteering trainings (15 forest and 23 sprint) with an average of 13.4 runners per session and I’ve created and updated 24 maps. You can find most of the o-trainings I planned during my stay in South Australia on my DOMA, on my Blog or on the new OSA Youtube Channel, and if you have any question or doubt feel free to contact me on facebook.

Map archive: http://www.trent-o.org/doma/index.php?user=stefano.raus
Blog: http://orimarty-raus.blogspot.it/
(I especially recommend you to read the “A day in SA” post to really feel it)
OSA Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSrZVpB1et3JoeNdvOHh09w


ALL PREVIOUS SCHOLARS: http://scholar.orienteering.asn.au/previous-scholars/
HOMEPAGE: http://scholar.orienteering.asn.au/










lunedì 19 giugno 2017

Alpe Adria Cup 2017

Trasferta del Junior Team Trentino a Lubiana in Slovenia per partecipare alla Alpe Adria 2017 - Slovenia in 3 Days. Tre gare in programma: relay il venerdì pomeriggio, middle WRE il sabato mattina e long WRE la domenica mattina.

Tre terreni molto diversi tra di loro con la relay abbastanza scorrevole, valli profonde e terreno umido; middle in piano tra piccole doline ma terreno lentissimo per via di sassi e vegetazione fita; long con doline enormi e pendenze da paura, ma rete fitta di sentieri.


Buona performance alla staffetta con i compagni Woldie e Canna (a parte erroraccio alla 2 ed alla 7), un po' più deludente la middle (io in quel terreno non ci corro più) ma buone senzasioni alla long: le due ore di gara sono state interessanti avendo diverse scelte nel tracciato ed alcuni avversari intorno con cui sfidarsi. E' stata dura ma anche questa long è finita.
Come rappresentativa abbiamo chiuso al 5° posto, dietro a Steiermark, Slovenia, Baviera e Lombardia; ottimo risultato considerando che i nostri atleti erano solamente di categorie youth, junior ed elite (nessuno a portar punti nelle categorie master) per scelta del Comitato di puntare sui giovani.
Difatti eravamo 18 in totale: due pulmini, notte in palestra, tanti cevapcici ed altra ciccia per cena, qualche nuvola il venerdì poi soltanto sole e caldo, la Marty sempre a studiare, gente simpatica e così si è chiusa un'altra ottima trasferta.

Tutte le carte come sempre le trovate qui: http://www.trent-o.org/doma/users.php











































Ora, tra diversi impegni cartografici, mi vengono a trovare alcuni amici australianie e correrò la 5 giorni di Primiero con Angus nel club Southern Arrows ;) Subito dopo gare di contorno dei JWOC a Tampere e poi ORingen di nuovo con il Comitato Trentino, una bella estate che tra l'altro è la TERZA di fila!!

Nuove tute per orienteering, bike e running? http://olandsport.com/
s.raus@olandsport.com

martedì 16 maggio 2017

Relay of the Dolomites 2017

Quest'anno siamo alla seconda edizione e si può gia dire che la Relay of the Dolomites sia la gara a staffetta più bella dell'arco alpino e non solo per quanto riguarda il format e la qualità dei tracciati, ma anche per i terreni ed i paesaggi spettacolari.



L'anno scorso con l'unica squadra Trent-O iscritta eravamo riusciti a chiudere all'ottavo posto mentre quest'anno ne abbiamo iscritte ben cinque! E mentre le prime 4 erano completamente Trent-O, l'ultima aveva 3 componenti di altre società; in particolare avevamo in prestito Pietro Palumbo e Luca Libardoni (Orienteering Crea Rossa) e Riccardo Scalet (
ASD Park World Tour Italia).
Io per motivi organizzativi ho lanciato, infatti poi ho assistito Giuliano con lo speakeraggio in inglese, ma la scelta è stata azzeccata. 



Dunque al lancio gara pulita fino alla tratta lunga, dove decido di non scegliere e mi butto in semi-discesa nel verde più o meno in direzione del decimo punto; avrei dovuto tenermi un attimo più alto e nel bianco così non sarei finito nel canalone che mi ha fatto scendere e quindi perdere alcuni minuti.
In seconda frazione Pietro fa il suo lavoro al meglio: secondo tempo di frazione e recupero di 11 posizioni!

Poi è toccato a Luca che pur con tempo non stratosferico ci ha fatto recuperare altre 3 posizioni e lui ha dato il cambio alla Marty.



Lei, in una frazione per sole donne che è stata decisiva (vedi crollo Pavione e recupero dell'Oberargaauer), si è saputa difendere ed ha dato il cambio a Riccardo subito dietro al Vaxjo OK ed a 7 minuti di distacco dai quarti, ovvero il Pavione.
Con sorpassi da fare invidia a Vettel il Riccardo ha fatto il miglior tempo di frazione 4 minuti inferiore al secondo tempo, ha virtualmente vinto la salita del trampolino con 58'' (tempo controllato sia da loggator che da gps personale e strava; secondo noi le 2 stazioni erano sincronizzate diversamente) ed ha recuperato fino al Pavione che, per qualche errore del Faby anche lui a fine tratta lunga, è scivolato in quinta posizione.
  
Irraggiungibile il Primiero A a cui vanno tutti i nostri complimenti e bellissima la sfinda Negrello-Morgenthaler per il secondo posto, vinta dal primierotto sulla tratta per andare alla 100 dove lo svizzero si è sbagliato ed ha aggirato l'ultimo boschetto dalla parte più lunga.
Qua sotto trovate la mia traccia gps sulla carta della prima e quarta frazione più i risultati finali e l'andamento delle squadre nelle varie frazioni in un semplice schema.




Classifiche finali ed altro qui: http://relay-dolomites.com/
Qui potete vedere le tracce gps del lancio: https://events.loggator.com/jwM2Nw
della quarta frazione (Trent-O A, Benigni): https://events.loggator.com/M28kYQ
e dell'ultima frazione (Trent-O E, Scalet): https://events.loggator.com/-qRxjQ

E qui trovate il replay del Live Facebook della gara:






Noi non vediamo l'ora che venga il prossimo anno, per correre la terza edizione che si terrà sul Renon, sopra Bolzano! #RelayoftheDolomites2018 #TrentoOrienteering http://relay-dolomites.com/

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mercoledì 8 marzo 2017

A Day in SA

As you can see on our amazing calendar, for last Wednesday was scheduled a special sprint training with a qualification and a final. This because in a few weeks we'll compete in Canberra in a National League sprint event with Q&F.
The days before I've been very busy so I started planning the training on the same day, basically around 0.20 in the morning. Mainly because then I had to send the maps to Sn@p for printing before 9-10am to be sure to have them printed on the day. And before I had to draw in Ocad the first survey of Park 21...


 
So my other plan for Wednesday was to finish surveying Park 21 and 21 West for a Night-O event on Friday and then of course for the last Sturt Street School activity of next week (that is actually the main reason, but the Night-O was pure fun). So then I had to complete drawing that map on Ocad (not even that small) and set courses before 10am on Friday, considering that on Thursday I am at Sturt Street School from 8am to 3pm, but this is another story... :)

7 days ago at 0.20am I started preparing the background map, dividing the Flinders Uni south campus map in 2 parts: 1 for the qualification and 1 for the final. They also have to be on the same piece of paper -> cheaper; and there should be enough space for the control description and title + logos.

0.40am - course planning (I will use SPORTident but I have only 15 units and I need to set Qualification A and B + Final A and B... challenge accepted!)
0.41am - I need music to set great courses and Youtube brings me an Epic Rap Battles of History compilation, allright let's start.



1.30am - courses completed and Stefano satisfied with the result.
1.35am - PDFs and courses in txt exported (yes, I've also planned to bring my pc to the training to download our SIcards)
1.40am - small chat with Marty who's leaving for a week in Portugal (trainings and ABOM 2017 col Matteo, Aaron e Grontait)



2.10am - let's prepare the bib numbers for the A Final
2.30am - bedtime, after a bit of Facebook surfing
8.00am - the cat and the alarm wake me up; I decide that I want to change a bit the courses to make them more interesting.
9.00am - maps sent to Sn@p and immediately Natasha replies with her 'No worries!'
9.50am - race bulletin completed and published on Facebook
(this is an 'extra' maybe useless but I was able to convince John for example and he turned up after reading that a great training was coming!)


(also, the bulletin makes the training look more professional and I don't have to tell everybody the same thing maybe twice or more, I just tell em "READ HERE" or if they ask me something that is written I just stare at them with an angry face)

10.00am - I have to complete the courses for a race in Italy on Saturday, last stage of Oricup in Pergine (TN). Everything looks allright so I've sent ocad files, pdfs and instruction to Andrea :)
11.00am - time to prepare and print the base map for Park 21 survey.
11.30am - I drive to Park 21, luckily just 5 mins from Ben&Lan's house, but hey IT'S 40°C TODAY!!! :O


1.00pm - time for Macca's and a frozen Mt Dew
1.30pm - start surveying again: #extrememapping
3.00pm - I'm done and nearly melting, I go back to the car and turn the aircon ON at MAX POWER and I drive to the closest KFC for another frozen drink
15.10pm - I remember I have to go to Sn@p and take the maps because Natasha wrote me they are ready to collect
3.45pm - at home now, Toby is back and talking about earbuds
3.47pm - I refuge in my room and I print the 2 pages with the bib numbers and a copy of the bulletin. Now everything is ready, I can have a nap for 30 mins
4.17pm - allright I have a bit of time to prepare tomorrow's lesson at Sturt Street School, I just have to prepare a few ocad files for an orienteering colours and legend game.
4.40pm - maybe I should print the control descriptions! They'll be happy to have one... Print, cut, niiice gaaryyyy!
4.45pm - time to pack everything: I don't have to forget my running clothes, gps watch, camera with SD card for Kate, tablet, all the maps and bibs and bulletin, SI kit, orienteering stands and small flags, shoes, car keys, etc...
4.58pm - on facebook I post some photos
5.00pm - little talk with Toby about philosophy... nope I'm joking he's again talking about earbuds.
5.10pm - in the car, let's drive to Flinders Uni
5.30pm - wow it took just 20 mins, South Road wasn't that bad today!
6.00pm - I'm back at the car park after placing the qualification controls, and I'm out again with the final controls
6.30pm - everybody is here on time, I just have to change my clothes, get everything and move to the start

  
6.40pm - I give everybody the control description of their Heat (A or B) trying to generate 2 fair groups. I put the maps at the start and
6.45pm - as scheduled we start the qualification on time, it's very short but really fast! I start just before Simon and then we wait for everybody to be down at the finish



7.10pm - we walk up again to the starting area, I turn my pc on and we start downloading our qualification results
7.20pm - thanks to SIME demo version I have to wait 15 seconds between every download but soon I have the results so I can call the best 5 runners from every Heat for the A Final startlist and give them their bib numbers! The B Final is without a startlist so they can already bring a map and run...



7.28pm - Jack, the A Final first starter can start and then we follow
7.45pm - we download our SIcards, I generate the final results and I have a quick race analyze with the juniors. I notice I'm 3rd for just 5 seconds so John, we'll see on Sunday at the State Champs ;)
7.50pm - Jenny, Joanna, Abigail, John&Ben help me to collect the controls and everything is back in just 10 minutes. Everybody is happy and
8.30pm - after the last frozen Mt Dew of the day I'm home; I have dinner with Ben and Toby (of course a wonderful delice prepared by Lan)
9.00pm - I publish the results and maps on the facebook Junior Arrows page
 <RESULTS LINK> <SPLITTIMES LINK>
9.20pm - I download my gps watch and I publish my courses on the digital map archive

(the B Final course was the same as the A Final, without controls 9 and 10)

For the next 2-3 hours I'll work on Park 21 map and prepare the last few things for Sturt Street School lesson. Maybe I've missed to write something, but you have a general view about that amazing day.
You can have a look at the complete gallery on Facebook HERE
(again many thanks to Kate for the photos) 

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