England team at the World Schools Champs 2017

Team photo during march
Team photo during march
Credit: Alison Bartlett

The 2017 World Schools Orienteering Championships took place in in Palermo, Sicily, from the 22nd to 28th April. England took a full delegation consisting of 40 athletes and 10 coaches, generously supported by the Orienteering Foundation.

On Sunday all the teams were bussed up to Ficuzza for the training event.  It became very obvious to all that the areas was going to be very challenging requiring accurate compass work and fine navigation.  Sunday evening saw the Opening Ceremony take place with all the teams walked through the streets of Palermo with their flags.

On Monday was the Long Distance race at Ficuzza, in the very challenging terrain. On leaving the forest competitors had to negotiate their way through some of the town of Ficuzza into the final control and run-in. At one point a Bride and Groom were to be seen walking along the run in!  In the Schools W2 Merryn Stangroom from Ulverston Victoria High School took Silver, while Alastair Thomas & Ollie Lunn took 6th place on the podium in Schools M1 & M2 respectively.

Tuesday saw the Friendship event take place in the centre of Palermo . The pace was fast and furious in and out of all the alleyways but was great fun and everyone made new friends with orienteers from other countries.

Wednesday was the cultural day and a walking tour of Palermo took place, with a stop for Coffee and Italian Ice cream. The day was followed by a Cultural evening … this year we offered Cheese & Biscuits, Sweets, England wristbands, adverts for JK2018 as well as the usual offering of UK maps. Twenty four of the athletes took part in the Morris dancing, which involves a great deal of stick bashing and resulted in two broken sticks.

On Thursday the final race in the 2017 World Schools Orienteering Championships took place at Ficuzza, near Palermo in Sicily, on Thursday with some medal winning performances.  The Middle Distance race was again very technical, in similarly challenging terrain to the Long race and including part of the Model area.. 

Team results are based on the combined results of the Long and Middle races, with three teams making it onto the podium:

Slightly further down results were both

Many thanks to both the Orienteering Foundation, and BSOA for all their support.

Last updated: Mon 19 Dec 2022