2015 WA School Orienteering Championships, Wednesday 17th June, at Fred Jacoby Forest Park, Mundaring.
Frederick Irwin Anglican School and St Brigid's Primary School are the Champion Schools for 2015.
In a very close contest for the Secondary School title, Frederick Irwin finished with 31 points thanks to a clean sweep of the top 6 places in the Pairs 16 class, with Warnbro Community High School 2nd on 22 points, closely followed by Scotch College on 21 points. Duncraig Senior High School, Peter Moyes Anglican Community School and Quinns Baptist College all scored 20 points, while last year's winner Mercy College was 7th on 19 points.
St Brigid's regained the trophy that they held from 2010 - 2013 with a comprehensive win, scoring 65 points, almost double the 34 points of second-placed Christ Church Grammar School. 2014 Champions Oberthur Primary School finished in 3rd place with 30 points. Girls were primarily responsible for St Brigid's win, with a clean sweep of the top 6 in Girls 11-12 years class, together with 1st and 2nd in the Girls 10 & under class.
The Primary and Secondary Placegetters and Primary and Secondary Champion Schools points, together with the Full Results and Split Times between control points for all competitors are available as pdf files.
There were 1,157 entries in this year's event - a new record! 787 Sportident timing chips and 60 timing stations were used on 14 different courses. The shortest course was 1.9kms with 18 control points for Girls 10 and under, while the longest course for Boys and Girls 16A was 4.9kms with 160m of climbing and 16 control points. A selection of courses will be added to the website soon.
Outstanding performances were by two sisters from Duncraig SHS Jo Anna Maynard (Girls 16A) and Michaela Maynard (Girls 15A), both with clear wins by 10 minutes plus. Oliver Martin (Peter Moyes Anglican Community School) won Boys 16A by almost 20 minutes, but Boys 15A was a very close affair, with Joel McMullen (La Salle College) just 7 seconds ahead of Edward Finnie (Hale School).
Thanks to all the Schools for their support, and to 40 members of Orienteering Western Australia for volunteering their time to help run such a huge event. St John Ambulance were kept busy with several scratches and grazes caused by the steep, gravel trails in the forest.
Thanks also to the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Water Corporation for use of Fred Jacoby Forest Park and surrounding Beelu National Park.
Finally, many thanks to Healthway for their sponsorship of the event under the Be Active banner.