Membership of the Squad
For each major event, the team to represent Ireland in each of the associated age classes will be selected from within the squad by a team of independent selectors, with input from the coaches and managers on the performance of the athletes throughout the year. The selection process is meant to be transparent, and for each major event, the selection criteria will be published beforehand. This document will detail what standard is expected from the athlete, along with details of the selection races whose results will be used.
An example of a recent selection criteria document: https://www.orienteering.ie/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/JHI-Selection-Policy-Irish-Team-2020.pdf
Child Protection and Consent
The IOA keep an updated code of conduct document for young people in orienteering - the latest version can be found at https://www.orienteering.ie/about-us/resources/child-protection/. We require that all squad managers, coaches, and general helpers are Garda vetted, and have completed at least the Child Safeguarding level 1 course.
Each year, we ask parents/guardians of prospective junior athletes to sign a consent form to give permission for the junior to take part in squad events. Currently the consent is being collected via an online form, and is valid until the end of the next calendar year. The current form is avalable below: