Ross takes out second world champs title



Ross Brighouse has taken out the M70 category at the World Masters’ Orienteering Championships, held in Sweden recently.

The humble Waiuku resident competed against 240 other competitors, whom he described as the cream of the crop.
“It is an incredibly popular sport in Europe, especially in Sweden. There are so many great runners and plenty of depth, so I wasn’t sure on how well I was going to do.”
Split into heats, Ross came fifth in the sprint final, which enabled him to compete in the two qualification races which were run in a forest.
“It was a bit of a surprise when I found out I had won first overall in the final. I hadn’t been to Sweden for 22 years and out of the 240 competitors, there were at least 20 who could have won.”
This is Ross’ second World Masters Orienteering Championships title in a long and distinguished career representing New Zealand at both elite and age-grade levels.
Orienteering is a sport which combines the two elements of endurance running and map reading, and is quite often performed over country terrain, which Ross says is one of the rewarding aspects of the recreation.
“I have been to so many beautiful places around New Zealand and the world that you wouldn’t get to see, as they usually aren’t made open to the public. You also meet so many fascinating people and I enjoy being able to catch up with them when attending events.”
Ross has been a member of the Counties Manukau Orienteering Club for over 40 years and thoroughly enjoys the sport and its competitiveness and encourages anyone who is interested to contact a club nearest them. “You don’t have to be competitive and it is such a great family sport. You learn a life skill of navigation while keeping fit and it certainly fitted the bill after I gave up rugby.”

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