Previous Scholars

Charlotte Watson

Country of origin: UK
Scholarship Year: 2016 - 2017
Scholarship Location: Canberra, ACT

The scholarship programme in the ACT is a fantastic opportunity. As a scholar you coach a wide range of ages and abilities in  different settings and have the freedom and opportunity to develop skills in areas that interest you.   Some examples are coaching in schools, promoting orienteering, teaching beginners, coaching at an advanced level, mapping and event organisation. Seeing how orienteering is set up in another country and experiencing different terrains was great fun and has definitely made me a better coach and orienteer. You meet amazing people and staying with different families throughout is a really fun part of the experience. Over the summer holidays there are opportunities to travel both for training camps throughout Australia but also to do a bit of  sightseeing. The Blue Mountains, Warumbungle National Park, Tasmania, New Zealand, Alpine National Park and Nadgee Beach Wilderness area are just a few of the awesome places I got to visit. The orienteering community in Australia is very friendly and I have made some great friends and I can't thank everyone in Canberra enough for their kindness, hospitality and support during my time in Australia. I have had an awesome time and will definitely be coming back to visit!  

Christoph Prunsche

Country of origin: Germany
Scholarship Year: 2015-2016
Scholarship Location: Tasmania

“The work as an Orienteering coach here in Tasmania is amazing not just because of beautiful terrain like “Pittwater” and the breathtaking landscape, but also because of all the young and keen runners and all the friendly orienteers in general. Compared to Germany, which is a very urbanized country, the Tasmanian landscape is just breathtaking and so is doing Orienteering here.”

“Besides that I helped to organize a training camp together with Brodie Nankervis for the Tasmanian Juniors in St. Helens, another great experience! We had some very good training days and a lot of fun together. Once again it is hard to not be jealous of all the beautiful Tasmanian forests, especially up in St. Helens. Back home in Germany most forests are not as technically demanding as here, because we have heaps of roads going through them, while during our training camp I was running on a road only twice – just like it should be!”

Emil Granqvist

Country of origin: Sweden
Scholarship Year: 2015-2016
Scholarship Location: Canberra, ACT

"Visiting Canberra has been an experience for life. It has given me so much, and I have developed in so many ways during my stay. From the first day everybody has been so friendly and welcoming, and I now know so many people here that it feels sad to leave."

"The scholarship is an amazing opportunity to see another part of the world while doing something productive and appreciated. Living with orienteering families is a great way of seeing Australian culture and get thrown into the everyday life."

"During my stay I have helped out with coaching individuals and groups, setting trainings, putting out and collecting controls and organizing events. It has been very enjoyable and fun to work with other people and see them develop. Especially working with the talented juniors who are not much younger than me, and work together with them to reach their goals towards a selection for JWOC in the coming years."

"The work in Orienteering ACT took up a fair bit of time, but at the same time I have had great opportunity to train and focus on my own development as an elite orienteer. With coaching only taking up a few hours, most days I had time to train twice if I wanted to.  With good bush maps, mountainbike trails, a running track and lots of different gyms the training opportunities was great and I felt almost like living professional life. I ran the Twilight sessions every week, did intervals with the juniors and could prepare well for the Easter Carnival in March, which led to a victory in the WRE middle distance!"

Jacob Lindstam

Country of origin: Sweden
Scholarship Year: 2016-2017
Scholarship Location: Canberra ACT

The Orienteering ACT (OACT) Scholarship is a great opportunity. Having the privilege of being a part of the culture and community instead of looking through the window as a tourist is unbeatable. I’ve been getting tons of new experiences and got to know a lot of fantastic, kind and generous people. The big bonus has been to contribute to OACT with orienteering as an occupation, making the scholarship a win-win for all involved. Meeting both similarities and differences has made life here interesting, learning and definitely challenging in the best of ways. During my stay in Canberra I’ve taught orienteering in schools, helped out when I could in my club (Parawanga Orienteers), and organized and coached at OACT training events and weekend camps for all ages at all levels. Each activity has been awesome thanks to all the keen and happy local Aussie orienteers participating and making it memorable. There has been a fair bit of time for travel during the summer break and to see different things. From Tasmania in the south to New Zealand in the east, a lot of nice nature around Canberra, the Australian coast, the Blue Mountains etc. and of course a lot of different maps and terrains to discover. I can warmly recommend this scholarship for those who have a passion and love for orienteering and collecting new experience. I would like to thank everyone I’ve met during my stay here, no matter if it was a brief or a longer acquaintance. Thank you for all the kindness and making these past months special. If you ever find yourself heading my way on the other side of the globe please stop by. Jacob Lindstam

Jakob Edsen

Country of origin: Denmark
Scholarship Year: 2014-2015
Scholarship Location: Victoria

Danish sprint and middle specialist Jakob Edsen visited Melbourne, Victoria to coach and train in 2014/15. He led coaching sessions at Victoria’s sprint series and set courses and trainings across the state. and got to compete and train on maps in four states in Australia. He says of his trip “I made some great friends and had an amazing time visiting some great parts of Australia”. He competed in Australian championships, state championships and World cup races. He and his Danish colleagues did a four week road trip over the Christmas holidays but loved having Christmas in the summer.

Jeremy Genar

Country of origin: Belgium
Scholarship Year: 2016 - 2017
Scholarship Location: Launceston, Tasmania

Tasmania was paradise! So much walking and nature! The Coaching in Residence Scholarship was definitely one of the best choices I made in my life. It exceeded all expectations: * Staying with a host family is one of the best ways to get involved in the Australian way of life and me and Silke had an incredible time with our ‘new parents’. * Spending your time on orienteering (as a job) is just the best thing in the world… Don’t dream on but sign up for the time of your life! ;-)  You can see our maps and photos of Tasmania here …. http://www.silkevanrooy.be/tasmanie/ Thanks to Orienteering Tasmania for the opportunity, we are forever grateful!

Katie Reynolds

Country of origin: UK
Scholarship Year: 2016 - 2017
Scholarship Location: Canberra, ACT

I was based in Canberra with Jacob and Charlotte and had the most amazing time – I would highly recommend this programme to anyone who is passionate about orienteering and looking for a brilliant coaching experience! During our 6 months we got to plan a real mix of different training sessions and workshops for the club as well as teaching in schools. We also had so many enthusiastic people come along to all our trainings so it felt really worthwhile! Canberra was a great place to be based as there was plenty of orienteering maps nearby which made it easy and convenient to organise sessions. We were kept pretty busy with the orienteering planning, but we also got the chance to travel round and see some awesome places in Australia. From running in the Blue Mountains, to the Oceania Champs in New Zealand, and mountain biking at Mt Stromlo, we really got the chance to do everything. I think for me, it was the people I got to meet, stay with and work with which made it so memorable – everyone was so friendly and kind to us! I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Orienteering ACT so thank you very much OACT members for such a brilliant time. This made it hard to leave… but I will be back to visit for sure.

Lukas Frei

Country of origin: Switzerland
Scholarship Year: 2014-2015
Scholarship Location: Canberra, ACT

"Now I like to say a huge THANK YOU to orienteering ACT for the great time I have had here in Canberra. I really enjoyed it and I learnt a lot about coaching and orienteering in Australia and there was never a problem about expenses."

Lukas Funk

Country of origin: Switzerland
Scholarship Year: 2013-2014
Scholarship Location: Canberra, ACT

"The Training days and weekends outside of Canberra were all well participated and all peoples were very happy with it." ( Note from David Poland -  Lukas was the first ever scholar in this programme)

Manu Jurado

Country of origin: Spain
Scholarship Year: 2016 ( 3 months )
Scholarship Location: Darwin , Northern Terriotory

"Living and mapping in the Northern Territory was a dream come true. I was only in Darwin for three months but I was busy!  I made more than 25 maps - schools, rain forest, aboriginal communities in the Outback and red granite terrains in Alice Springs. I had to get used to the tropical weather very fast as I did my mapping during the Wet Season (Monsoon Nov to March). In my two week holiday I went  to the Australian Champs in Cascades Queensland, one of the best maps I have ever run on. Also I had the chance to visit beautiful spots in the Outback like Uluru (Ayer's Rock), Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Kakadu National Park. I helped Top End Orienteers Club  organize evening events, promoted orienteering in remote and rural areas and helped Kay Haarsma  during the Master Games in Alice Springs.  I think my stay in Australia was a very different to that experienced by scholars in other states. I am proud of what I achieved  in those remote and wild places in Australia. A huge thank you to Lachlan and Susanne for their help and also to all Top End Orienteers who hosted me during my stay in the Northern Territory. Hope to see you all soon!"

Peter Bray

Country of origin: Britain
Scholarship Year: 2015-2016
Scholarship Location: Victoria

"Living, training and coaching in Australia has been the highlight of my orienteering career so far! It has been an amazing 6 months running in the sunshine - I just wish it could have lasted longer! Victoria state, and Melbourne in particular, is extremely varied and exciting - there is always lots going on. If I'm honest, I wasn't expecting much from the orienteering terrain and was very pleasantly surprised by the complexity of the gold mining and granite forests (including WOC 1985 areas which are simply awesome). Being able to focus on orienteering for such an extended period has meant a great increase in my physical and technical ability, and a long break over the Christmas period meant there was the opportunity to travel, train in other states and see a lot more of this amazing country.

The host families were extremely welcoming; they are a great bunch of amazing people and I felt very much part of the family. I've certainly made some friendships that will last a lifetime. Victoria is full of great orienteers and it was pleasure to coach and give back to the sport I love."

Ralph Street

Country of origin: Britain
Scholarship Year: 2015-2016
Scholarship Location: Victoria

"Australia was awesome. If I had to describe it in one word it would be "easy". It was easy to live there for nearly 6 months, the people were very friendly, relaxed, and helpful; I had a lot of fun living with my host family. The weather was easy, it was warm and comfortable the whole time, just stick on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt and you are ready. I had lots of spare time in which to do whatever I wanted, this was really nice for focussing on training or just simply relaxing. I got a lot more out of the orienteering than I thought I was going to, it was a lot more technically demanding than I had expected. I also got a feeling on a couple of maps of total wild remoteness which was fantastic and something I have never really felt in Europe. And finally yes, even by the end of the trip I had still not got over running in the forest and having kangaroos bouncing along beside me."

Théo Fleurent

Country of origin: France
Scholarship Year: 2015-2016
Scholarship Location: Canberra, ACT

"Coming in Canberra for 7 months was the best decision of my life. I arrived in a wonderful orienteering community and my stay there was awesome."

"This scholarship program is great. First it is a life experience with the possibility to travel, discover a new country, live in a new city with welcoming host families and meet new people. Australia is a dream destination, and Canberra is the perfect city for outdoors lover with plenty of bush, trails, bike paths and maps at a very close distance."

"Then the coaching part is great with a lot of various missions: teaching orienteering at school, organising small events for kids, helping with events, preparing training maps, trainings sessions, training weekends, private coaching, mapping, etc. A lot is happening in Canberra for orienteering and be part of it was a great pleasure."

"I of course recommend this program for any passionate orienteer who likes to travel, and feel free to contact me if you want to know more my experience."

Thor Norskov

Country of origin: Denmark
Scholarship Year: 2014-2015
Scholarship Location: Victoria

Dane Thor Norskov was one of the first coaching scholars in Melbourne Victoria in 2014/15. He travelled all over Australia and New Zealand and fulfilled his plan to run on some of the best maps in the Southern Hemisphere. His favourite Victorian maps were Kooyoora used for the 1985 World Championships and the infamous Rowdy Flat (gold mining) which he said was “crazy”. Whilst here he ran for Denmark in the World Cup in Tasmania. He helped with junior coaching, running training camps, sprint coaching, mapping and course setting. Since returning to Denmark he has represented Denmark at WOC 2015 so the training must have helped. He continues to coach one of the Victorian juniors from Denmark.

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