May 20, 2018

Williston resident named to top orienteering team

Observer staff report

For the fourth consecutive year, Williston resident Ethan Childs, 20, has been named to the 2014 U.S. Junior World Orienteering Championship team. He is one of eight young men and eight young women, age 20 or under, selected to represent the USA in international competition this summer in Bulgaria. It’s the Olympics of teen orienteers.

Childs is a student at the University of Vermont, class of 2016. Locally, he trains with the Green Mountain Orienteering Club. He has competed around the U.S., Canada and Europe. He previously represented the U.S. at JWOC meets in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Competitors find points, called controls, pre-set in the woods, using a map and a compass. The first competitor to find them all, in order, and make it back to the finish in the shortest time, wins.

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