Finlay McLuckie

Name and age class

Finlay McLuckie M10

Tell us about when/where/how you started orienteering.

My first ever event was at Culbin in 2014 when I was 5 years old.  We got a flyer about the event through my school (West End Primary.) I went around the White course with my Mum and thought it was really fun!

Why do you like it?

I like it because you get the chance to make new friends.  I also like the excitement of picking up a new map at each event and working out where to go.  When I get into the woods on my own, I get completely absorbed by the challenge of it.

Your best orienteering memory?

The Scottish 6 Day Event this year is my best orienteering memory so far.  It gave me so many challenges and meeting people from different countries and other clubs was great fun.

Your worst (and/or funniest?) orienteering memory?

My worst memory (well I think it was quite funny too) was at the Club Champs last year at Loch na Bo.  I fell over a tree route going to the 2nd Control, hobbled the rest of the course (as fast as I could) and didn't notice the blood pouring down my leg until after I'd finished.  I still have the scar to remind me!

Your favourite O area?

Definitely Roseisle, where  I did my first orienteering course by myself.  On a nice day I can sometimes hear the sea (which helps me know which way to go.)

A top O tip for others/favourite piece of kit?

I like my new Inov8 shoes.  I think they help me go faster and I maybe don't fall over as much as I used to!
A top O tip would be try not to drop your map (as I do sometimes!)

In your other life... what do you like doing when you're not orienteering?

I am mad about sport.  I do lots of activities, such as badminton, tennis, running, playing the trumpet and piano.  I also like climbing hills with my family and staying in the campervan is always a highlight!

What's your orienteering ambition for the next year?

To get my 100 Event Badge.

Anything else you would like us to know?

I am really proud to be part of the Moravian Club and I don't think I would have come this far with my orienteering without my family's support.