Seems a bit dumb. It's only the pinnacle of the O calendar or are they concerned the WOC team will be too focussed on sprints next year to put in a good performance for a week in the bush?
I am concerned that the already-poor Aust Champs senior elite attendance would be further diminished by removal of NOL status. Also, Aust Champs week is a great opportunity for juniors in schools' teams to get their first taste of NOL competition. And the relay counts for double points - sometimes the interstate teams' competition has come right down to the wire with the relay being the last race, as Blair can tell you from having done the points calculations for so many years (not sure if OA ever properly thanked him).
Anyway, a meeting between NOL athletes and the Head Coach is apparently mooted for after the sprint relay on Good Friday, so you can all have your say.
Seems people were getting a little ahead of themselves - it's an option on the table (and I'd personally need some convincing that it's the best one), but there's quite a bit of consultation to be done before a decision gets made.
Thanks for all your hard work with calculating NOL points.
I won't be at Easter so won't get my say in that meeting on Good Friday, but I'd be voting against that option.
One of the things I like the most about the NOL series is that it shows who was best over a whole season. I'd put the quality of the NOL series above 5 or 10 extra people in an August race.
I also doubt the proposal would make any difference other than diminishing the status of Oz Champs - yes, having NOL status (compared to not) increases participation, but I'd be surprised if being 2 of 10 instead of 2 of 14 (say) races in a calendar also increases participation. And it sounds like it's only a guess that it would rather than from any actual evidence either - so why take the punt?
Final thought - why not replace August races with extra June or July races (before WOC) if very few people are turning up then?
The other thing also isn't it normally the ultra-long that is in August (although not this year)? Could this be skewing the participation figures for August given not many people enter the actual ultra-long distance anyway?
Seems a very odd suggestion that the premier individual races on the Australian orienteering calendar are not part of our elite (senior and junior) overall annual competition. Orienteering still has all disciplines.