Daisy Partridge

Sports - Other

I have been selected by British Schools Orienteering to compete for England at the 2015 World Schools Orienteering Championships in Turkey

Goal

I have been selected by British Schools Orienteering to compete for England at WSOC 2015, following my performances at the Special Qualification Event and the British Schools Orienteering Championships. WSOC 2015 is being held in Antalya, Turkey. Although BSOA have not yet finalised the details, the total cost per athlete will be in the region of £850. This will include team kit, accommodation, food, flights etc.

Background

Orienteering is an adventure sport which develops problem solving skills and self reliance. It is an international sport using map reading skills whilst cross country, mountain or fell running & provides mental & physical development as well as a fun way to explore the countryside & build fitness & stamina. Orienteering is part of the Sport England whole sport Investment Plan. There will be increased interest in the sport during 2015 as the World Championships will take place in Scotland.

I began Orienteering 4 years ago after being encouraged by my primary school PE teacher, Mrs Hartley at St Andrew's. I was looking for something more interesting than the normal cross country running & I immediately fell in love with Orienteering. I started competing in local schools events in 2011 & in my first season in the locals league I was placed 4th in the primary girls category. Since then I have won the schools league, East Anglian League and East Anglian Championships each year for the last three years. I was individual bronze medalist at the British Schools Championships 2013.

I am a member of Essex Stragglers (SOS) and the East Anglian Junior Squad. I attend training every week and regional squad training once a month. In addition I attend endurance training every week at Braintree Athletics Club. I spend most weekends at an event somewhere throughout the country.

I was selected to attend a national orienteering training camp at Lagganlia in Scotland this summer, working with GB squad athletes from around the country. I was one of only 24 athletes to be selected from all regions of the country & to achieve selection I had to reach championship standard & be nominated by my regional squad. 

The camp was not only be a positive help in the development of my orienteering skills, but also aided my personal and social development by giving me the opportunity making new friends, learn new skills & socialise with young orienteers from across the country.

Current Position

Since the training camp at Lagganlia my orienteering has really taken off. I have achieved many new highs including winning the Midlands Championships. This was a special moment for me as I will now have my name on the cup alongside Yvette Hague, who went on to become the first British World Champion. 

I became British Schools Score Champion in October, winning my first individual national gold medal.

I have subsequently been selected to compete for England in both the World Schools Orienteering Championships and also been selected by Orienteering England for the Interland Cup in February as part of a 42 member England team spanning all age groups including Elite adults.

It is an expensive sport because of all the travelling which is required to get to events. We also have to travel further afield to run and train on more challenging terrain than there is available to me here in Essex. 

I am very grateful to my parents and to Hedingham School for all their support to help me fulfil my potential.

I was one of twenty-four talented Essex athletes to receive Inspired Athlete Awards. This included some funding to help me during the coming year with equipment and travel costs. I will be able to put some of this towards my participation in Turkey as well as helping me to upgrade my orienteering equipment and go towards funding my participation in Highland 2015 alongside the World Championships.

The Future

My immediate goals are to travel to Turkey to compete for England and then to travel to the Highlands of Scotland to compete alongside world class orienteers of all ages at Highland 2015. I move up to the W16 (under 16s) age class in 2015 and I would like to maintain a top 10 position in my first year competing in this age class and to hopefully gain further selection for England in the Home Internationals. My long term goals are to go to Loughborough University to study and spend a life in sport. Along the way I would like to follow in the footsteps of Yvette Baker (nee Hague) and compete for Great Britain and win an international medal at a World Championships.

Achievements

East Anglian Champion 2012/2013/2014 

Essex & Suffolk Schools League Champion 2012/2013/2014 

East Anglian League Champion 2012/2013/2014

Winner of the Mark Johnson Trophy for most talented Junior (SOS)

Individual Bronze medallist - British Schools Championships 2013 

4th place British Middle Distance Championships 2013

Finalist British Sprint Championships 2014

Individual Gold medallist - British Schools Score Championships 2014 

Midlands Champion 2014 

Selected to attend the national JROS orienteering training camp

Selected by British Schools Orienteering for the England team to compete at the 2015 World Schools Orienteering Championships.

Selected by Orienteering England for the Interland Cup 2015.

Closing Message

Raising the funds to help fund my participation at the World Schools Orienteering Championships will give me a fantastic opportunity to develop as a sportswoman. It will be a proud moment for me to represent England and at the same time to represent my sport and my school. There will be increased interest in the sport in 2015 when the World Championships are hosted in Scotland and I hope that the opportunity I will have in my Essex Ambassadorial role to talk about these experiences will be inspiring to other young people too.