There was a buzz in Daylesford as more than 800 Orienteers came into town for the first ever day one Double Header of the Australian Carnival. The sun shone as many people caught up for the first time since Covid with visitors from New Zealand, New Caledonia, Germany and the UK. The sun shone on the gold mining terrain around Jubilee lake and there was some great racing. The closest finish was Andrew Slattery’s 23 second margin in M35A and the biggest margin was Trevor Sauer’s nearly eight minute win in men’s 80. Family double winners included Layla and Connor Dent, Jenny Bourne and husband Geoff Lawford (running up two age classes) while the Gray family came close with Ryan winning junior men’s elite and Mikaela second in W20E to a storming run from NZ’s Kaia Jorgensen. The NZ guests dominated the 16’s age group and Marina Ishakova had the largest women’s win with a margin over five minutes in W40.
Grace Crane had a great run in Women’s elite and Aston Key had a similar two minute margin in Men’s elite despite a misplaced control.
In the afternoon the action moved to the town and the first ever Orienteering Grand Prix. With great head to head racing, penalties and multiple starts the crowds flocked to watch the terrific run throughs, race-bys and the cruellest of up-hill finishes. While Aston Key was first over the line for a double win, it came after an illegal fence crossing so Pat Jaffe nabbed the OGP trophy. Kaia Jorgensen looked strong all race and won the Women’s elite. There was tight racing in many other age classes and many winners doubled up with the morning such as Connor Dent. Katie Clauson , Anna Bebington, Jennifer Enderby, Sara Prince, Greg Barbour, Toni Brown And Robin Spriggs.