Elli wins Polka Dot Jersey in NZ Sprint the Bay

by Linda Burridge

Elli wins Polka Dot Jersey in NZ Sprint the Bay

Ellie de Jong was awarded the Polka Dot singlet  for fastest climber over the 6 races  of the Sprint the Bay Sprint Series held in the Hawkes Bay area of NZ.

Sprint The Bay started out in 2010 as a revolutionary event, a combination of Le Tour de France, and the worlds biggest orienteering event - Oringen. 

It follows the stage race concept - 6 races over 3 days, with cumulative time from each stage deciding the overall winner, who takes home the coveted Yellow Singlet, worn in history by some of the greatest sprint orienteers of all time. 

To add to the excitement, up for grabs are also the Green Singlet, for fastest sprinter, the Polka Dot Singlet, for fastest climber, and the White Singlet, for the fastest Junior in the Elite grade.
The action is hot, the courses technical, the terrain extremely varied, the events the most innovative and the competition world class.

Five elite Orienteers from Queensland competed in Sprint the Bay held in Hawkes Bay NZ.
In the overall pIacings (combining all six races), the results were:
Elite Men: Simeon Burrill 19th, Riley de Jong 27th and Thomas Garbellini 39th.
Elite Women: Krystal Neumann 9th, and Ellie de Jong 24th.

Well done Ellie!

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