Who is Who
Jorge Simões, WMOC Event Director assistant
[Photo by Jorge Dias]
One year ago, about the same time as now, you were preparing a great trip. Do you remember it?
Perfectly: the trip of the van to Finland, to promote the WMOC'08 during the WMOC'07. It was about 5000km each way, which I divided in 4 parts with overnights in Bordeaux (France), Bremen (Germany) and Stockholm (Sweden). The last day, to Kuusamo and Ruka, was one of the best journeys but also one of the hardest, because it lacked highways and it exceeded in speed limit surveillance cameras. In the end: we arrived at our destination around 3 am! Back in Portugal, I can say that Margarida Rocha, Jacinto Eleutério, Fernando Costa and I wouldn't mind to start a new trip with this magnitude, such was the satisfaction about the way everything went right.
Did your stand have lots of visitors?
We had effectively lots of visitors: most of them were there to obtain information and some already to submit their entries, but others wanted only to know something more about our country and the situation of orienteering in Portugal. The plenty of Porto wine bottles and Delta coffee we took helped (a lot!) in the promotion of the country and the event. The organizers of the WMOC'07 were extremely helpful in the support they gave us and because of that, in the end, we offered them a dinner, to which we also invited the Australian delegation that was promoting the WMOC'09... but, because of other business, the Australians couldn't be there, and they never knew what they've lost, because the entire Portuguese delegation worked hard and showed how we know to host, sharing some of our good food.
Now you have under your responsibility the social program of WMOC. Do you want to highlight any aspect?
All ceremonies were carefully planned and we tried not to be tiresome. I would highlight the official banquet inside the Alcobaça Monastery, where the Army Light Orchestra will play. We will also have, after the Sprint World Championship prize giving ceremony, a "sardinhada" where the participants will be invited to grill their own sardines.
You are responsible for both the security areas and medical assistance. Is there any special plan for the particularly "killing" high temperatures?
We have hospitals in alert, several fire departments in the field and an operational communications center in the arena, all this backed up by a medical group permanently in the competition zones. The chance of high temperatures is a situation that really concerned us. We planned the starts so all players could finish before 1pm, and we placed several refreshment points in the field. These are just two examples of the many things that were planned to minimize the effects of the high temperatures.
You've monitored the WMOC preparation since the start and in particular in the last year. What balance you do from these work?
It has been a hard working experience but very enriching too. In the end we will all benefit in technical and organizational terms. One specific case, which the Portuguese athletes more alert will notice, has to do with the map cartography.
Globally, are you confident in the success of the event?
We have done everything possible to make an event with great quality, so that our visitors wish to return here and also to tell others about the quality of our terrain and organization. But an event of such magnitude involves problems hard to imagine, starting early with the licensing of the competition that, because it's in four different municipalities, was very complicated. There were created, although, synergies that will reveal themselves useful in the future.
All Portuguese orienteers know that, when you catch a cold, the Portuguese Federation sneezes. Your home has been an extension of POF. Do you still maintain that dedication 24 hours a day? How and when did your connection to the POF started? In which way you succeeded or still worked with another great soul of the Federation, Isilda Santos?
Thank you for these words, but fortunately I think that, when I get a cold, not always the POF gets a cold too. My house has been and will continue to be an extension of FPO, not only because of the work I do there, but also because it's where we store the control supports and other orienteering material, which is impossible - because of lack of space - to be in the headquarters. My connection to the POF comes from the time when I was in the Army which I left 10 years ago, so it's approximately 15 years of collaboration with POF, which means, the same as the number of years I'm in orienteering. Relatively to Isilda Santos, I had the pleasure of working with her when she was still in the POF Board, but the best is that I still meet with her actually, because she still collaborates with POF, besides we are club partners and she is also a very good friend that goes along with me in some crazy summer adventures, like the participation in events in Israel, Czech Republic, Scotland, Russia, etc... She is a great lady and a big friend!
(Interview by Manuel Dias. Questions and answers by e-mail. Received on 2008 Jun 10th. 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