Who is Who
Luís Sérgio, WMOC mapper
Sports technician, Luís Sérgio, 39 years old, is the Orienteering coordinator for Académico de Torres Vedras (ATV). He started running orienteering in 1991, and was twice Individual national champion in Elite, won twice the Portugal Cup, twice Relay national champion and twice MTBO vice-champion. He attended 4 WOC, 4 CISM, several rounds of World Cup and competed in 20 countries.
You have produced the map of the Long Distance Final in Pedrógão. Which are the biggest challenges it will pose to the runners? Is it true that it is one of the most intricate areas of the Leiria pine trees forest? What cares would you recommend?
Because this information will not be seen by all the runners, I will not enter in many details or recommendations. As it should be expected, the terrain for the Final has all the ingredients to test all the technical skills as well as the physical condition: areas of intricate contour details, sometimes with surprising steepness for sandy dunes; mostly covered with adult pine trees forest but some areas has young forest with reduced visibility; most areas with few undergrowth therefore with good runability. I can only recommend the use and abuse of the compass.
Your competence to map difficult terrains is recognized by many (S. Torpes, Bom Sucesso, POM 2007). Even with all that experience which were the biggest difficulty to produce this map. How many hours spent on the terrain?
Clearly the biggest difficulty in these sand dunes is the representation of the contour details, especially because in this kind of dense forests the base maps lack many information having sometimes even many mistakes. I am a slow mapper (in order to rest my mercantilist conscience I like to think it is due to my rigor, but I may be fooling myself...) and in this map, attending to the importance of the event, I was even slower. Even if I don't have an exhaustive record of the time spent, it must have been of eight day of field work per km2.
Rain, sun, mornings and afternoons in a row all alone in that pine trees forest. You must have some funny stories to tell. Any scares? Is your head always concentrated on the mapping or is there time for some other thoughts? (Or maybe you have some funny episode from some other map).
When I am mapping, especially in this intricate areas, I am in fact very focused on my task, what makes unavoidable some scares mainly due to the frightened escape of small animals. In this map, as the area consists of continuous pine tree forest mostly inhabited, there was no funny event to share. The most odd an somehow frequent finds in some areas are the sites of some black magic rituals, some of them very elaborated with many kinds of fresh fruit, vegetables, alcohol beverages, etc. The one I appreciated the most also included some coins that I "forced" myself to collect to state my disbelieve in that rubbish.
When did you start mapping and how many maps have you produced till now? Do you know their total area? Which was the most difficult to make?
I have started mapping in 2004 and so far I have produced more then 40 maps with a total areas over 200 km2. The most complicated area to map was surely the one used in POM 2007, due to the intricate rocky details and also for the extreme climate conditions during the field work.
What was the most difficult (and well mapped) terrain you have raced?
The most complicated area was surely in Finland during the CISM on 1995. This was due to the complexity of the area used that was mostly flat, but also caused by the lack of technical experience in that terrain.
What was the map you would like to return to as runner?
Not wanting to appear masochist, I would say precisely Finland to check out if the terrains are really as difficult as it looked to me then.
What was the most gratifying experience you have lived in Orienteering?
I am not sure if the one that comes to my mind is the most gratifying but it is surely the most recent. It was the happiness on the face of my son André (soon turning 6) after finishing his first Orienteering course all alone in a park at our home town Torres Vedras. It is of course an area that is familiar to him, but it was never the less a big challenge he overcome without any supervision to my great surprise.
What is your mapmaker dream?
To produce the maps I choose to without time restrains.
On the past years a major part of your life has been revolving around Orienteering. You, your wife Maria Amador both have been on the National Team and are active runners both on foot and MTBO. Your sun André started to run on his mother belly and has been growing at the events babysitting. Do you have plans to stay involved in Orienteering?
Oh... you forgot to mention Adventure Racing! I can even say that I have no plans outside Orienteering. Anyway I have to express some frustration by the low demand of quality in some maps used in national events, both by many runners and also by some clubs. This is of course a commercial area of our sport where the law of offer and demand as to rule, but without exigency and responsibilisation this will always be a limping law.
You have been Technical Director of POF and you have a long experience as runner, club manager and event organizer. How do you evaluate the organization of this WMOC and what do you think will be the outcome of this event for the future of orienteering in Portugal?
I haven't been following in detail the preparation of the Event, but I am sure that the organising committee is determined to organise a memorable event. WMOC is by far the biggest "O" Event ever organised in Portugal and, besides the relevant financial income, it will for sure have a huge impact on the visibility of our sport. It will for sure be an important land mark on the development of Orienteering in Portugal!
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Jun 1st.)
[2008-06-20] Carlos Monteiro, WMOC Event Director
[2008-06-20] Dieter Wolf, M55, SUI
[2008-06-19] Timo Teinila, WMOC speaker
[2008-06-19] Jorge Simões, WMOC Event Director assistant
[2008-06-18] Blair Trewin, M35, AUS
[2008-06-18] Mariett Matias, WMOC Media responsible
[2008-06-17] David May, WMOC Senior Event Advisor
[2008-06-16] Gottfried Tobler, M60, AUT
[2008-06-16] Tuulikki Salmenkylä, W45, FIN
[2008-06-16] Arvo Majoinen, M80, FIN
[2008-06-14] Fernando Costa, WMOC Marketing responsible
[2008-06-13] Sarah Dunn, W40, GBR
[2008-06-12] Santos Sousa, WMOC planner
[2008-06-11] Sigurd Daehli, M55, NOR
[2008-06-10] Alexandre Reis, WMOC mapper and planner
[2008-06-09] Nick Duca, M40, CAN
[2008-06-07] Tiago Aires, WMOC mapper and planner
[2008-06-06] Irina Stepanova, W55, RUS
[2008-06-05] Luís Sérgio, WMOC mapper
[2008-06-04] Ari Kattainen, M50, FIN
[2008-06-03] Rui Antunes, WMOC Mapping coordinator
[2008-06-02] Jon Musgrave, M45, GBR
[2008-05-31] Jacinto Eleutério, WMOC Course coordinator
[2008-05-30] Rune Carlsson, M70, SWE
[2008-05-29] Åke Jacobson, IOF President
[2008-05-29] Augusto Almeida, POF President
[2008-05-28] Jurate Uleviciene, W55, LIT
[2008-05-26] Vladimir Ioffe, M70, ISR
[2008-05-23] José Fernandes, M45, POR
[2008-05-21] Ezio Paris, M55, ITA
[2008-05-19] Gabriella Györffy, W40, HUN
[2008-05-16] Alberto Minguez, M40, ESP
[2008-05-14] Tomas Zdrahal, M55, CZE
[2008-05-12] Paulo Becker, M45, BRA
[2008-05-09] Ingrid Roll, W70, NOR
[2008-05-07] Jerzy Parzewski, M55, POL
[2008-05-05] Hugh Moore, M60, AUS
[2008-05-02] Martin Checkley, M55, GBR
[2008-04-30] Etienne Bousser, M60, FRA
[2008-04-28] Andreas Grote, M40, SUI
[2008-04-24] Liudmila Labutina, W65, RUS
[2008-04-22] Freddy Sillien, M60, BEL
[2008-04-17] Tomislav Kaniski, M35, CRO
[2008-04-14] Eero Tuuteri, M85, FIN
[2008-04-10] Lena Nordahl, W80, SWE
[2008-04-07] Albano João, M45, POR
[2008-04-03] Tom A. Karlsen, M55, NOR
[2008-03-31] Kayoko Sakai, W55, JPN
[2008-03-27] Finn Arildsen, M45, DEN
[2008-03-24] Anne Nurmi, W45, FIN
[2008-03-20] Peo Bengtsson, M75, SWE
[2008-03-17] Alida Abola, W50, LAT
[2008-03-13] Matti Railimo, M60, FIN
[2008-03-10] Cornelia Eckardt, W35, GER
[2008-03-06] Joaquim Sousa, M35, POR
[2008-03-03] Birgitta Olsson, W75, SWE
[2008-02-20] J. Salmenkylä, M75, FIN
[2008-02-18] Torid Kvaal, W65, NOR
[2008-02-15] Mykola Bozhko, M55, UKR
[2008-02-13] Pavlina Brautigam, W45, USA
[2008-02-11] Ferran Santoyo, M35, ESP
[2008-02-08] Sole Nieminen, W80, FIN
[2008-02-06] Stefano Galletti, M40, ITA
[2008-02-04] Gillian Ingham, W50, NZL
[2008-02-01] Jörgen Mårtensson, M45, SWE
[2008-01-30] Tom Hiltebrand, M50, SUI
[2008-01-28] Baiba Ozola, W40, LAT
[2008-01-25] Eddie Harwood, M55, GBR
[2008-01-23] Marje Viirmann, W45, EST
[2008-01-21] Alexander Afonyushkin, M40, RUS
[2008-01-18] Paulina Majova, W55, SVK
[2008-01-16] Björn Linnersjö, M65, SWE
[2008-01-15] Lillian Røss, W85, NOR
[2008-01-10] Tapio Peippo, M55, FIN
[2008-01-07] Elizabeth Brown, W90, GBR
[2008-01-04] Erkki Luntamo, M90, FIN