TGS Takes out State Orienteering title with 5 boys selected in the Queensland Team.
Orienteering is sometimes referred to as cunning running. It is as much about mind control as physical ability and good orienteers need a steely temperament and the ability to solve problems quickly under pressure. Over the past six years, TGS boys have steadily improved their skills in the sport to the point that five of eight boys representing Queensland at the National championships in Tasmania in September are from TGS. In the Queensland Senior Boys team of four, three are from TGS – Lachlan McKelvie, Sam Anderson and Toby Brennan. Two of four boys in the Queensland Junior Boys team are also from TGS – Riley de Jong and Tom Ronnfeldt. We congratulate these five boys who have worked hard throughout the season to achieve outstanding results at state level and wish them success in Tasmania.
Also worthy of mention are the many other TGS boys whose commitment has helped to make TGS the top orienteering school in Queensland. In the Under 13 Boys division at the Qld Schools’ Championships, Kobi Schooley ran first, followed closely by Harrison Wellingham. An indication of how difficult this course was, only five boys in the competition successfully completed. Kobi’s cool head under pressure, and his ability to read the map and relate it to the ground, saw him victorious. Well done also to a calm and persistent Jack Hill and the enthusiastically capable Harrison Wellingham who were members of the winning relay team.
Both B Division events were won by TGS boys. Sam Emmert won the Junior B Division in convincing style and Nikhil Dhanjee, with his trade mark smile, won the Senior B division. Also worthy of mention is Elliot Meelen, who captained the Darling Downs team to victory and ran fifth in the Senior boys competition, narrowly missing a place on the Queensland team. Elliot is one of our most dedicated, hard-working orienteers and always a delight to see at events. Congratulations to Elliot, along with Toby Brennan who has captained our TGS team in 2012, Lachlan McKelvie and Sam Anderson on being outstanding role models for the younger boys of the sport.
Finally, honourable mentions to Jack Vaughan and Guido Zuccoli-Handley. Jack entered the competition with limited experience and kept a level head even though he was asked to run up an age group in the relays and Guido is one of the most determined, enduring orienteers in the competition. To the entire TGS team, congratulations on your efforts and great achievements.