Who is Who
Santos Sousa, WMOC plannerArmando Santos Sousa, 43 years old, a military, started on orienteering in 1996 and represents ADFA. He has been 7 times Iberian Champion (Vet I), won 7 times the Portuguese ranking, was National Absolute Champion in 2006 and has lost count to the national champion titles in different disciplines. He participated 10 times in CISM and in one JWOC (as manager). He had competed in Spain, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Lithuania, Estonia, Holland, Norway, Finland and Brazil.
You are the course setter for the 2nd Long Qualifying Race. How many different courses for the 24 age groups? What were the main concerns?
There are 57 courses (not counting with the reserve ones)! My main concerns have been about trees that have been chopped, which left the map looking like a patched blanket, and with the ground vegetation clearing, making the map too white and easy. I tried to make a good choice of points and legs, and balanced and pleasant courses too.
Almost 40 years old and running against all the Portuguese athletes, including Elite and juniors, you were, 2 seasons ago, National Absolute Champion in Portugal. Could you tell us about that victory?
I was 41 years old, now 43 ... almost 44. It was one of the highest points in my "career" in orienteering, which I started with almost 32 years old. I had never won an Elite competition and, in that weekend, I won two! And I also won the 1st Rank in the Army (simultaneously). I had the "luck" that had been missing when I wasn't even pre-selected during the season, where I ended in 4th in the ranking...
That victory was in a pine tree terrain not very different from the Pataias terrain. How do you characterize the terrain of this 2nd Long Qualifying Race and what advices would you give to athletes so they won't have unpleasant surprises while navigating?
At Palheirão the terrain is much more flat, green and tricky (and with more cartography mistakes). Here the terrain has 2 distinct areas: the easy ... very fast ... and the hard, which requires a precise reading and navigation in the more detailed areas: one must control well the speed depending on the area!
What were, as athlete (and without counting with NAC two years ago), the most exciting or hard moments of your career?
The most exciting was in a relay in Praia da Vieira (Army Championship): I was the 3rd element of the team, and I started my race in 5th place (7 minutes behind the 1st place) and I finished in 1st place with 1 minute less than the 2nd (I did the 4,5km in 24 minutes). Also exciting was 2 years ago when I was 197th in Jukola, together with the rest of the military national team. The hardest were some trains 2 years ago in Finland, where I asked myself if I really knew something about orienteering...
And, as a course setter, what was your biggest challenge before this WMOC?
Setting the courses for the Sprint National Championship in 2003, in Nazaré. My objective was that most of the ranks would make 12 to 15 minutes. And that was what happened.
What's the dream you still hadn't realized in orienteering?
Being able to run more and better (with almost 44 years!), I'm missing the 3rd place in the CNA in my collection of the first 5, which I let it go this year, wining the Armed Forces Championship in the 1st Rank (I have two 2nd and two 3rd places), win in my rank for the next seasons, etc.
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 May 31st. Translation by João Ferreira.)
[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