You were the answer to a question in the Melbourne Forest Racers (virtual) quiz night I organised last night. Anyone (apart from those who were there) want to try to work out what the question was?
Most training days in a year lost to flu / cold?
He beat former World Champion Jorgen Martensson by 19 seconds in M21A class in 1984 on a map called Hairyman's Brook.
Tripped over a speed bump in Freo and broke a collar bone, the rode into a tree branch on an MTBO in Perth hills and broke more bones.
So most broken bonefrom orienteering accidents
The reason why the 1997 Australian 3-Days were held at Broken Hill.
I loved the Australian 3 Day at Broken Hill, my first Easter Orienteering, we bought a painting that is still on the wall (a Peter Coad) and I had my only victory (and I beat MFR member Anne Arthur (when she was still Anne Kullmann)
Your period of "South Australian" residency is relevant.
Sounds like we could have had a whole round based on Eoin
I’m racking my brains to work out how BB found that titbit. That was the Leinster Championships and the travelling Swedes put down their loss to the amount of blackberries in the forest. So when I beat Jorgensen again the next week at Cappanalea in Kerry they bought me a t-Shirt with “The Champ” on it and Jorgen still remembers it (at least he did when I saw him in 2000).
Which orienteer has gone the longest time with something stuck in his eye?
Who's been a member of the most different state and national orienteering clubs?
Who's the Australian orienteer who has more vowels in his name than consonants?
of the 1984 result and the name of the map.
O-ing I found out about your past in this article (toward the end of it) which came up when I googled your namehttps://www.orienteering.ie/championship-fever/
Which orienteer's daughter will trade an 'f' for a 'u' to complete the set?
Who's competed in all disciplines of orienteering at a national and international level except maybe not stupid Radio-O if that's even a sport?
Putting everyone out of their suspense: the question was "who has run Australian Championships representing clubs in five different states, and also run WOC for a country other than Australia?".
It was multiple-choice, so coming up with plausible-sounding wrong answers was also a challenge...
Clubs - Tintookies, Ugly Gully, LOST, Big Foot, Red Roos.
WOC - Ireland. 78 Norway, 79 Finland, 81 Switzerland, 83 Hungary.
And WOC MTBO a few times, we will have to give you legend status!
Thinking about all that 1984 was a peak year - I lowered my 800 PB by 2.5 seconds to 1:53.6 in June. But in August I finished 2nd at the Sugarloaf hill race and my knees were so bad after I made what I think was a poor decision - that I wouldn't contest the downhills any more. Our club Ajax had introduced hill racing to Ireland in 1980 and I'd won a couple of races with mad descents. But track was becoming more important so I decided to back off the hill racing. It didn't work: it took me another three years to knock 1 further second off although I did make a couple of National finals. Meanwhile orienteering also took a back seat, although I won the Irish title (shared in a dead heat) in 1985 and was picked for WOC in Australia. I didn't travel and that was it for the international career. Perhaps full on hill racing would have been better - high risk but more reward?
That's a quick 800 but I reckon if you'd taken up downhill you'd have had a foreign abrasion in your eye for much longer than six years.
It’s actually “Posterior vitreous detachment after vitreous degeneration“ and manifests as an annoying floater in the eye. AP doesn’t have a category for that but it’s probably not going to fix itself, so I’m stuck with it
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