The first event of the weekend was the Oceania Sprint Champs. Unusually for a Sprint event it was held not in an urban environment but rather in the forest. Given that we used the same patch of forest over the next two days, I would have preferred an urban map in Canberra for the variety. The course was straightforward enough and I made only a few small errors, costing mere seconds each time, but my time of 18 minutes was only good enough for 20th place and represented 10 minute kilometre pace. It was telling that I was nearly four minutes behind John Robertson who had been complaining of injuries and a cold before the race; clearly I am not in the same form I was in at the last Sprint The Bay (when I finished around a minute behind John in every event).