The University of Queensland (UQ) has taken the first Australian University Sport pennant in 2012 with a hard-fought team win in the Australian University Championships – Orienteering (AUC).
The Easter weekend’s hot conditions and the tough terrain around Stanthorpe, Queensland, took its toll on the competitors. The UQ home-state advantage came to the fore in the final stages of the 11 kilometre run.
UQ also had success in the individual competition with Rachel Effeney placing first in the women’s division, while La Trobe University’s Bryan Keely claimed first-placed honours in the men’s division.
Rachel said the Championship course had been one of the toughest she had raced, with the weather, terrain and a personal injury late in the race providing plenty of challenges. The Australian University Championships – Orienteering form a key part of the selection process for athletes wanting to represent Australia at the World University Championships.
After attending the WUC in Orienteering in both 2008 (Estonia) and 2010 (Sweden), Rachel said it was her main goal to make the team again in 2012.“This year, the WUC in Orienteering is being held in Alacante, Spain, in July and I’m really keen to represent Australia again.