The grant that you have provided me with is very much appreciated by both myself and my parents. All financial help counts towards taking the pressure off of myself as a full-time university student and my parents who have their own work and my two younger brothers to look after.
Overall the trip was a very eye-opening experience both in terms of seeing a completely different part of the world and experiencing orienteering competition at an international level. With over 300 competitors the Junior World Orienteering Championships are a fairly large event. There were 170 male competitors in the 5 races that I competed in, my best result was 96th in the Long distance race (roughly 10km with 650 metres climb). I was hoping to achieve a placing in the top 50% of the field in at least one the races, which I missed out on. The European competitors are incredibly strong and I underestimated the physicality of the terrain we were racing in. Now that I know what is required to be competitive at an international level I can build on this for potential future events.
I am very grateful and feel extremely lucky to have had this opportunity.
Thank you very much for the sponsorship provided that helped make this trip possible.