Lukas Funk

“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)

Lukas Frei

“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.”

Emil Granqvist

“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!”

Théo Fleurent

“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.”