This year Alex MacAdam and Steve Holden will be representing SA Rogaining and the University of Adelaide at the 2018 Australasian Rogaining Championships in Queensland.
The 2018 Intervarsity Rogaining Championships (IRC) are held in conjunction with the ARC each year. Each year SA Rogaining pay the travel costs for one university team from our state to travel and compete in the championship event.
To be eligible to enter the Australian IRC, students must be enrolled at a tertiary education institution recognised by Australian University Sports. Teams consist of 2-5 students from the same university.
Steve and Alex have not rogained together before. However are great mates and are both undergraduate students at the University of Adelaide.
Alex was the joint recipient for the IRC in 2017 (with a different partner) and competed at the Ridgey Didge rogaine finishing fifth in the Intervarsity Category. He has successfully competed in various rogaines, including the 24-hour rogaines (the State Champs and Australian Champs) where his team came seventh in the State Champs, Open Men category.
Steve is a keen rogainer also and has done several events, including the state championships last year, placing just behind Alex’s team. They are aiming to compete in the SA Rogaining 2018 State champs later this year to get some additional experience.
The Intervarsity rogaining competition began in 1969 and from 1981 was coordinated by the Australian Rogaining Association.
The Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation (NAMSF) sponsored the re-establishment of the Intervarsity competition in 2007. NAMSF has provided a perpetual trophy for the winning Intervarsity team named ‘The Nigel Aylott trophy’. The Foundation has in the past paid the travel costs for one university team from each state so that there can be a well-represented national competition.
We wish Alex and Steve all the success on their adventure in Queensland and look forward to reading their event report on the flip side.