Introducing Manu Jurado - Coach in Residence
Monday, 23 October 2017
Manu Jurado is the 2017-2018 OSA Coach in Residence and is
also due to mapping experience doing some of the mapping for the 2018
Australian Championships carnival.
Manu was previously in Australia in the latter part of 2016
– here is a summary of that experience, and his activities between that visit
and since his arrival back in Australia.
Living and mapping in the Northern Territory was a dream
come true. I was only in Darwin for three months but I was busy! I made more
than 25 maps – schools, rain forest, aboriginal communities in the Outback and
red granite terrains in Alice Springs. I had to get used to the tropical
weather very fast as I did my mapping during the Wet Season (Monsoon Nov to
March). In my two week holiday I went to the Australian Champs in Cascades
Queensland, one of the best maps I have ever run on. Also I had the chance to
visit beautiful spots in the Outback like Uluru (Ayer’s Rock), Kata Tjuta,
Kings Canyon and Kakadu National Park. I helped Top End Orienteers Club organize
evening events, promoted orienteering in remote and rural areas and helped Kay
Haarsma during the Master Games in Alice Springs. I think my stay in Australia
was a very different to that experienced by scholars in other states. I am
proud of what I achieved in those remote and wild places in Australia. A huge
thank you to Lachlan and Susanne for their help and also to all Top End
Orienteers who hosted me during my stay in the Northern Territory.
Manu running for the Arrows in NSW
After my stay in the Territory I went back to Spain, and
studied hard for my last exams of my Master. I could also train for the Spanish
orienteering season, where I could be in the top 3 in some WRE events and won
the gold at the Spanish University Champs in Long Distance. In May I was
injured and since then I am still recovering from it. During the summer I made
some bush and sprint maps for my local club, and work for a sailing live
tracking company in Germany.
When OSA asked me if I wanted to be the next scholar in residence
in SA I did not think about it twice. I wanted to come back to this big
country, meet new people and find new challenges.
It has been 1 month ago when I landed in Sydney and I would
like to thank to all those people who helped me in my first month here. I could
run (a little bit) the Aussie Champs in Hill End, and met the new OSA Junior
team. I also presented on LIDAR at the
LIDAR workshop held during the carnival.
I drove through the “Outback” with Adrian Uppill coming back to Adelaide
I will try to do my best during this period in SA and try to
share all my experience as a mapper, orienteer and person.
See you in the bush!
Manu has already organised 2 coaching sessions, although he
was absent for the second one as he is currently in Renmark mapping for the
2018 Australian Championships.