Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Lowegren on Lidingo


From an article in the Lidingo newspaper (original Swedish version) a rough translation of a quote from Fredrik Lowegren - formerly on the national team and, I think, former world number 1 (WRE ranking) - one of the elite leaders for IFK Lidingo:

"We've gone out and said that we will support runners who want to develop to become world champions, in an environment that is inspiring and supporting development," said Fredrik Lowegren.

Lidingo's club goal is to finish well at, in particular, 10-Mila. They also want to support runners at all levels.

Fredrik Lowegren, who competed for Lidingo earlier, thinks that there is a completely different effort/focus in the club now. "There has been a strong tradition around relays in Lidingo and as someone who was focusing on individual goals I didn't get the support I needed. Today we're focusing more on developing individuals."

Lowegren's discussion of what I'd call the "orienteering environment" caught my eye. He describes the former environment as focusing on the relay tradition and notes how that might not fit with an individual reaching their potential. I don't know if he's right or wrong, but it is an interesting idea.

I spent a few years running for IFK Lidingo back in the late 80s/early 90s. I left Sweden just when Lowegren joined the club. He's certainly correct that Lidingo had a strong tradition and focus on the relays. For me, that was perfect.

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posted by Michael | 8:15 PM


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