The first four members of the UK team to compete in the World Orienteering Champions in Moray and the Highlands have been named.

Selectors have decided that four UK athletes have already done enough to merit early selection for the championships which take place from July 31 until August 7.

Competing on home soil when the Sprint race takes place in Forres on the opening weekend of the championships will be Edinburgh athlete Scott Fraser.

Scott will be seen as a major medal hope in the Championships having already tasted success at this level when he won a silver medal in the 2013 championships at Vuokatti in Finland.

Joining Scott in the UK squad will be Stirling-based athlete Graham Gristwood, who will compete in the long distance race.  Graham, originally from Woking in Surrey, was a member of the UK’s gold medal winning relay team in the 2008 championships held in the Czech Republic.

For the women’s squad competing in the middle distance race will be Glasgow athlete Hollie Orr, who will be looking to improve on her 31st placing at that distance in the 2014 championships held in Italy.  Also achieving early selection is Whitby-born athlete Catherine Taylor who will compete in the long distance race at WOC2015.

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