Who is Who
Fernando Costa, WMOC Marketing responsible[Fernando Costa at the International Cantanhede O-Trophy, February 2008. Photo Joaquim Margarido.]
Fernando Costa, military by carrier, started Orienteering in 1993. He was Army Corps champion (3rd class-Veterans) and 2 times national champion. He competed at WMOC in Italy and Finland, and did several races in Spain and France. He is president of the Portuguese Orienteering club Grupo Desportivo 4 Caminhos and has organized some of the best Orienteering events in Portugal.
The public visibility of events is nowadays one of IOF prime goals. What can we expect from this year's WMOC?
The partnership with RTP (Portuguese Public Television station) will be the most important. The WMOC rised the public television's interest for covering other important events which preceded the WMOC. A national radio station has also been showing interest on the event. With the exception of tennis, veteran events lack of media coverage in Portugal. Nevertheless it is a big event which the media is interested in showing to the general public.
Under your leadership GD4C has organised some of the events which have had the biggest media coverage. Would you like to remember the most important moments of that partnership?
Ever since our first event in 1999 we have always had a "godfather" personality for each organization. This helps in some ways to publicize and call media attention. Our latest organizations of NAOM (Norte Alentejano "O" Meeting) have had exclusive live radio broadcasts on locations where the events took place.
Besides the overall technical quality of your events (POM 2003 in Viana do Castelo, Latin Cup 2004 in Vila Real or the NAOM's of 2007 and 2008), you have used the "right" models for "show off". Park sprint events in Porto are a good example of that...
In order to spread Orienteering we organized park sprint events in Porto which led to the organization of an event within the gardens of Serralves Museum. This was an old dream we had at GD4C. With these events we were able to map all public parks of Porto which is an important step for the development of school Orienteering.
Some weeks ago you organised an event on the beach. What was it like?
This year as part of the Park Matosinhos Tour event we included a beach heat with some Orientshow features. It was very successful amongst all participants and may eventually be one of the ways we will use for spreading the sport of Orienteering.
Which were the best moments for you with Orienteering?
The best moments I had with Orienteering are seeing dreams come true. When we create an event from zero overcoming difficulties and problems and finally we see it happening is of enormous satisfaction to me. The "O" Porto Park Race was one of our events with fewer participants but was the one that gave more satisfaction to see come true.
And as a sport manager which were the best moments?
It is always special as a sport manager to have some of the club athletes to represent the National Team as it was the cases of Ionut Zinca and Maria Sá. Recently GD4C had four athletes with the school "A Ribeirinha" achieving a 3rd place in 2008 ISF World School Championships in Scotland.
Your daughter Joana Costa is the best Portuguese orienteer of her age class. What can we expect from her for the next years?
The young ones are what make us proud and we are trying to develop their skills. The cases of Joana Costa and Isabel Sá both from GD4C are good examples of commitment with the sport. We have hope that they will both have good results in the future. We now have in Portugal a new generation of Orienteering athletes having proper training which allows us to expect in a near future a very good adult national team.
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 May 29th. Translation by Octávio Andrade.)
[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