A dynamic and talented Outdoor Adventure Sports student at Newton Rigg College has succeeded in being awarded second place at the British School’s Orienteering Championships.
First year Outdoor and Adventure Sport student Louis Morris, aged sixteen, took second place at the national event. This follows an outstanding achievement at the World School Running Championships in Sicily earlier this year, where Louis, as part of his school’s running team, took fourth place overall.
The British Schools Orienteering Association (BSOA) event held at New Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean welcomed schools and colleges from across the country to compete in the annual event.
Newton Rigg has successfully delivered specialist training in Outdoor Adventure Sports for several years and encourages learners to take part in national competitions to represent the College’s outstanding facilities.
Nathan Ball, Senior Tutor for Sport, Outdoor Adventure & Uniformed Public Services, said: “Louis is a determined and conscientious student, who takes pride in what he does at college. He sets a high standard during practical sessions, setting a positive example and by being a role-model to other students. We were delighted to hear of his success at his recent orienteering event.”
Ahead of the championships, Louis has trained for four years with West Cumberland Orienteering Club and North West Junior Squad.
On his achievements, Louis said: “I felt that I had a good, clean run. I made a couple of sloppy mistakes, but nothing too major. My running was fast and my navigation on the day was solid, it also worked to my advantage that the terrain was runnable. Previously when competing at this competition I didn’t have a great track record, but I was really pleased with my result which I think I achieved by fitting in more training beforehand and improving my technical skills”.
Louis received a silver medal on Sunday 19th of November and hopes to compete in the Lakes 5 day Challenge and the JK Orienteering Championships in the New Year.