Adelaide, 9 May, 2022: Orienteering SA is proud to announce that Coach-in-Residence Evalin Brautigam has been appointed as Head Coach of the USA’s Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) training squad, as well as being selected for the USA’s elite World Orienteering Championships (WOC) sprint team.
The appointment follows the announcement that five members of Ms Brautigam’s elite training squad have been selected to national teams that will represent Australia at three major international events this year: the World Orienteering Championships in Denmark in June; Junior World Orienteering Championships to be held in Portugal in July; and the World University Championships to be held in Switzerland in August.
Ms Brautigam, who majored in Sport Science at the University of North Carolina, arrived in South Australia in 2019 for an initial six-month coaching program, just before COVID travel restrictions hit. Since then she has played an integral part in training award-winning orienteers and in growing the sport across the state.
“Evalin was the silver lining of the pandemic for us,” Orienteering SA President Rob Tucker said. “She has had an enormous impact and been a great asset to all our orienteers, coaching our junior and senior elite teams to major wins in national competitions.
”She has contributed a great deal to the success of our Sporting Schools programs, and has supported our mission to make orienteering accessible to all kinds of people, from young families to groups of friends to trail runners who want to give orienteering a try.”
New Orienteering SA Head Coach Bridget Uppill, a former elite orienteer and coach based in the ACT, said that Ms Brautigam’s “guidance and wisdom” across all orienteering disciplines had increased the quality and breadth of training and events.
“Evalin has set a high bar, she is passionate about the training and has conducted three to four training sessions a week without fail for the last three years,” Ms Uppill said.
“Evalin introduced us to the Spond sports app to set up a remote training program during COVID and we continue to use the app today to set up training for elites and regular orienteers who want to learn or improve their skills.
“I’m now looking forward to growing our coaching team to ensure we increase participation rates and build on our excellent performance across our schools, elites and newcomer programs."
Orienteering is an international sport in which competitors navigate independently through urban or bush terrain to complete a course in the shortest time possible. Competitors must visit a number of physical* control points highlighted on a special orienteering map, which is not revealed to competitors until they start.
*MapRun is a new mobile phone app that enables orienteering control points to be set virtually on a map, with audible alerts when the orienteer is in the vicinity of the control.
About Orienteering SA
Orienteering SA is the peak body for orienteering in South Australia, an affiliate of Orienteering Australia, the national body. Orienteering SA’s purpose is to create a strong community of lifelong orienteers, each enjoying a sense of inclusion, well-being and achievement, no matter what their age, stage of life, or fitness.
To find out more about orienteering in South Australia, including map downloads and information about DIY orienteering using the MapRun app, visit:
For orienteering events near you, visit:
Leila Henderson, Orienteering SAP: 0414 69 70 71