Oct 162013
 
From the Orienteering Victoria News 16 Oct 2013: Australia was represented by the Victorian team of Carolyn Jackson (W50), Thorlene Egerton (W40), Carolyn Cusworth (W50), Peter Cusworth (M60) and Jonathan Sutcliffe (M40). That is five riders out of the over 150 in the World Masters Competitions + another 85 plus in the World Cup Round for the Men and Women Elite in Portugal. But wait – the fun is just beginning! Day 1 results are fantastic – Carolyn Jackson wins the Middle Distance Gold from arch-rival British rider Charlie Somer-Cocks by over 4 minutes! In W40 the results see Thorlene’s Norwegian training has paid off – Bronze in the Middle Distance. Then in the M60’s Middle Distance Peter Cusworth is leading after 4 controls – but loses 10 minutes at control 5 – and finishes 8th. Consistent Carolyn Cusworth takes 11thin W50 while Jonathan Sutcliffe finds the M40 are tough – finishing 37th. On to the Long Distance – and the Australians take a step up. Carolyn Jackson stretches her lead to 8 minutes over Charlie Somer-Cocks to take Gold again. Thor shows the first ride was no fluke and again claims the Bronze in W40 Long Distance. Peter Cusworth turns on the afterburners and picks up a fighting Bronze in the Long, but still says there is room for improvement. Jonathan improves one place to 36thand Carolyn Cusworth hold on to 11thin the Long. Then the Sprint beckons again on Saturday – and Carolyn again takes Gold by just over a minute in W50, Thor improves to Silver in W40, Peter Cusworth jumps up to Silver (just 4 seconds off Gold) in M60, while Jonathan improves to 31stin M40 and Carolyn C again takes 11thin W50. That is 8 medals in three days for our five little AUS battlers – arguably the best results we’ve posted at an International MTBO event. We are very proud of you all – and we’ll see Carolyn back in Oz at the ACT MTBO Champs this weekend.