St Cuthberts’ College are on top of the Orienteering world after winning gold at the International School Sports Federation (ISF) World Schools Championships in Estonia earlier this month. St Cuthberts’ fended off challenges from schools representing 14 other countries to win the W2 (Junior Girls) Middle distance title with Latvia and Lithuania taking the other medals. They didn’t stop there however, packing a bronze medal in their bags when Latvia had their revenge in the Long distance event. In addition, St Cuthberts’ student Zara Stewart turned in outstanding performances, winning individual gold in both the Long and Middle distance W2 events ahead of 70 athletes from 20 countries.

NZ was represented at the ISF event by Mt Albert Grammar (Boys W1 and W2), Diocesan School (Girls W1) and St Cuthbert’s (Girls W2) with all performing well in a sport where it is very tough to match the European and Scandinavian schools. Mt Albert also stood on the podium, led by a 5th place individual effort from Luke Clements, taking bronze behind Finland and Austria in the M2 Middle Distance and the narrowly missed out on another when beaten into 4th place in the M2 Boys Long distance event. While Diocesan were also close, finishing 5th over both the W1 Girls Long and Middle distances.

Article added: Wednesday 22 May 2019


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