Two Brookwood High School students, juniors Matt Stout and Austin Fowler, have been selected to the national Orienteering USA Junior Standing Team.
They are among only 12 young men from the entire nation selected for this prestigious team. They compete in the sport of orienteering, a competitive international sport that combines racing through the woods with navigation.
The boys have been coached locally by Amy Williams, a Five Forks Middle School teacher, and Rick Shane, a retired attorney.
"It is a timed race in which individual participants use a specially created, highly detailed map and a compass to select routes and navigate through diverse and unfamiliar terrain and visit control points in sequence," explained Amy Williams, Brookwood and Parkviews orienteering coach.
They receive specialized training from national coach, Erin Schirm, in this unique sport that is extremely popular in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and growing in popularity in the US.
They compete most weekends at meets put on by the Georgia Orienteering Club.
For more information about orienteering locally, visit their website.