I was in Paimio, “participating” to the Jukolanviesti 2015 orienteering event this weekend and boy, it was great! The atmosphere was just amazing. Super happy and positive. The event was amazing, but a thing that came out of blue for me, was that orienteering could be fun!
Our team in a group photo. Mad RESPECT for all of them!
At least it seemed to be amazing. But really, this shouldn’t be such a surprise for me?
It happens out in the woods, in the nature, and that’s a factor I especially love in orienteering, the nature. Back when I was on the top of my athletic game, I was a skier. My life was fast, exciting and dangerous. I didn’t care about easy, slow and boring things, like orienteering… but what do I think about it now?
This picture was taken right after the start of Louna Jukola. It was EPIC!
It’s exciting. I mean, think about it, you’re in the woods and you’ve got to find your way through the track via the checkpoints. Who’s quickest wins! Survival of the fastest.
I didn’t orienteer in Jukola this year myself, I was just cheering up the Finnish celebrity team. So I was just a cheerleading a part of the team. And I’m not even that beautiful! Even though I didn’t really do anything real… I had a blast! Our team’s task was to raise up funds for the athletic games of the disabled kids. Thanks to a bit more important members of our team, the ones who did the orienteering… we raised up 20000 euros for the Junior Games in Finland! This 20000€ can organize the games for two years! Just imagine the ones, who have always been alone with their disabilities, to get out and see that, “I’m not alone!” And get to do something they may fall in love with. They may even get the stoke, the stoke of which I’m blabbering about!
All in all, the weekend was really great, and I can’t wait to get out again!
The blind Leo kid got carried through the finish line by our team. He was really excited and made our whole team unbelievably happy. If I was a part of offering those kind of feelings for disabled kids! The stoke was there.
Leo chilling out with our team in the finishing area…
Here I am with the fastest Frenchman in the orienteering circles! He pumped our team up a few hundreds of spots… This photo is taken right after they finished.