Gwynedd primary school pupils take part in orienteering competition
Enthusiastic students, unpredicted weather, maps, flags and a variety of stunning backdrops and locations welcomed hundreds of orienteers to the 2017 Gwynedd Schools Orienteering series, concluding with the final at Parc Glynllifon.
The event was organized by the Gwynedd Council Sports for Life Team in partnership with Mair Thomas (Ar y Trywydd) to introduce the competition which has now become an annual event in the county’s primary schools busy calendar.
Orienteering is a challenging and exciting outdoor activity. The aim is to navigate between control points marked on an orienteering map and complete the course in the fastest time possible.
The competition was held over 4 days in 3 impressive locations in Gwynedd with each school receiving time slot to complete the course.
Councillor Craig ap Iago, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Healthy Gwynedd said:
"Over 700 pupils across primary schools in Gwynedd took part. The competition was conducted in Parc Padarn Llanberis for Arfon schools; Gwanas Farm for Meirionnydd and Glynllifon for pupils in Dwyfor. Congratulations to everyone who took part!"
The Arfon winners were Oliver and Osian, from Ysgol Felinheli; Awen and Elin from Ysgol Crud y Werin were the Dwyfor winners and Rhodri and Sion from Ysgol Maenofferen won first prize in Meirionnydd.
A total of 40 teams were invited from the three preliminary events to the final at Glynllifon and the course was bigger and certainly much more challenging in the glorious sunshine.
Awen and Elin from Ysgol Crud y Werin won in style, finishing the fastest by 2 minutes. It was the first Year Ysgol Crud y Werin participated in the competition and where delighted with their success!