28 June - 02 July 2019: Come back to the mountain for Aiglon's 70th. Visit our site for more details.
When an international orienteering championship arrives on the doorstep of your school's town, the best way to embrace the atmosphere of a large public event is to compete!
Eight students from Years 6-9 participated in over two days of sprint competitions in Monthey and Villars-sur-Ollon at the European Junior Orienteering Championship on two dry October afternoons; they completed their chosen routes successfully, and with speed!
To the bystander, orienteering as sport might look somewhat confusing as one tries to understand how and why people who are racing each other are running in different directions. However, this exciting sport demands physical and mental skill and plenty of excitement and adrenaline.
The Aiglon students (Jack, Ian, Markos, Adrian, Lucas, Ajaani on Thursday; Jude and Alex on Friday) were only too happy to team up and challenge themselves with route finding around town and through the woods. Terrain that is normally familiar suddenly becomes very unfamiliar as one wrestles with a map to find the next control point. Remaining composed and being aware of the immediate environment whilst in haste and communicating with members of your team are challenging skills to master.
It was a pleasure to see the young Aiglon students engage with an event like this which happens only on rare occasions, and inspiring to watch the elite athletes put on a show for us. The event has certainly provided a springboard for orienteering action at Aiglon - well done to all who took part.