About the Cyclones
The Cyclones Squads are for Queensland's elite and developing Orienteers.
The squads start from our youngest Orienteers, the Ultra mini Cyclones and aim to develop runners through to our elite Cyclones squad. Each squad targets a different stage of orienteering skill and athlete development. Our Elite Cyclones runners compete in the National Orienteering League (NOL) and our top athletes represent Australia at the World and Junior World Championships.
Categorised by their age and skill level, athletes participate in:
Cyclones: age classes - M/W20Elite and M/W21Elite (from 17 to 35+ years).
Our elite squad. Athletes compete in the NOL and Junior NOL (Elite classes). Athletes are selected based on commitment and performance from the Junior Cyclones, or re-entering elites as adult athletes.
Junior Cyclones: age classes - M/W14 to M/W16 + M/W20A (14 to 16+ years).
Learning to race! The Junior Cyclones Squad is where navigation skills are further developed and tested in the heat of competition. The goal of athletes in this squad is selection in the Queensland Schools team and competition at National Championships. While the goals are big, the squad is inclusive and many join the sport at this level. The Junior Cyclones also caters for Orienteers who have left school, but aren't ready to race at an elite level.
Mini Cyclones: age classes - M/W12 to M/W14 (12 to 14 years).
Into the forest! The focus for the Mini Cyclones is developing independent navigation skills. Their courses are heading off tracks and into the forest. The main aim for this squad is learning the navigation skills to get around as their courses get longer and more difficult.
Ultra Mini Cyclones: age classes - M/W10 to M/W12 (up to 12 years).
Our youngest Orienteers. The Ultra Mini squad aims to teach kids the basics of map interpretation through games and fun activities. The focus for these kids is to develop confidence with basic skills and make friends orienteering. Parents are encouraged to come along and learn with the kids.
Each Squad has a team manager and coach.
Joining the Cyclones
If you want to fully explore your potential as an orienteer, as a first step come along to one of our events and ask about our Cyclones squads.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to our FB page shown on the right