Orienteering World Championships put Affric on global stage

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Forestry Commission Scotland is looking forward to welcoming even more overseas visitors to Glen Affric soon as a world-wide television audience catches glimpses of the spectacular venue in coverage of this year’s World Orienteering Championships.

The Commission is supporting the Championships, which this year are being held in conjunction with the Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event (31 July - 7 August), and which together will draw over 5000 competitors from around Europe for six days of events around Inverness and Morayshire.

Jack Mackay, for the Commission’s team in Inverness said;

“The national forest estate is a fantastic venue for outdoor recreation and is an absolutely natural fit for an internationally significant event such as the World Orienteering Championships.

“A world class event deserves a world class venue and that’s why the spectacular forests of Glen Affric has been chosen as the location for the grand finale event on Saturday when the very best of the world’s orienteerers will compete against each other in the long distance race.

“With both the World Orienteering Championships and the Scottish 6 Days bringing huge numbers of competitors, family and friends to the area it’s already a massive boost for Inverness and Moray but sports media from across Europe – and around the world – will be looking this way too, so there is obviously huge potential for Scotland’s landscapes to speak to a massive audience.”

As well as providing the venue for the main event, assisting with access and re-scheduling operations to facilitate the event, the Commission is also encouraging spectators and competitors to observe good biosecurity practice and to arrive at events with clean shoes.

Jack added;

“Unfortunately Scotland’s forests area under threat from a number of pests and diseases that can travel from one forest to another in dirt on shoes, car and bike tyres and even animals paws or hooves.

“That’s why we’re asking spectators and competitors – especially those entering events at different venues and those coming from overseas – to brush off their shoes before they arrive. By keeping their kit clean, they’re helping keep our forests in good health.”

Mike Hamilton, CEO for British Orienteering, said;

“The whole week promises to be a fantastic celebration of our sport and as well as seeing some of the world’s best in action, we hope the fun and excitement will encourage newcomers to give it a try.

“This year we have some challenging, inspiring and unique terrain to experience and we will certainly encourage everyone taking part to help keep them that way.”

Competitors from all over the World, including from the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Norway, France, Switzerland, Belgium will take part in events throughout the week staged at or near Inverness, Forres, Nairn, Glen Strathfarrar, Darnaway and Glen Affric.

For more information about both events, visit http://www.woc2015.org/ and http://www.scottish6days.com/2015

Notes to editors

  1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment and Forestry Directorate.
  2. The Scottish Six Days event is overseen by the Scottish Orienteering 6-Day Event Company, and organised by all of Scotland’s orienteering clubs. Highland 2015’s central organising clubs are Edinburgh Southern Orienteering Club & Inverness Orienteering Club. The ‘6 days’ is staged in different parts of Scotland every two years, it typically attracts around 4000 competitors plus additional families and friends, bringing an enormous economic boost to the local area.
  3. The World Orienteering Championships will draw elite competitors to the area, whilst the Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event (“the 6-Days”) - the largest orienteering event in the UK - is designed to appeal all ages and skill levels, from elite athletes to newcomers and to provide the highest quality orienteering over the week.
  4. Tha FCS pàirt de Bhuidheann-Stiùiridh Àrainneachd is Coilltearachd aig Riaghaltas na h-Alba; a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìon, a' cumail smachd air, agus a' leudachadh choilltean gus buannachdan a choileanadh dha coimhearsnachdan, dhan eaconamaidh agus ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh sa ghnàth-shìde.
  5. Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office, 0300 067 6507 / 07785 527590 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.