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Welcome to Orienteering NSW

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the body and the mind. It's also loads of fun!

The aim is to use a special orienteering map to navigate your way around a course and visit marked check points along the way. You choose a course that suits your age and experience and proceed at your own pace: walk, jog or run. It is a race but you decide if you want to just race yourself or be the next world champion! The course may take you through urban areas, parks, schools, farmland or forests.

Events are conducted weekly across NSW and beginners are welcome at all events.

New to orienteering? Click here for more information.

Want to enter an event? You can see what's on by looking at the Coming Events at left or by going to the Event Calendar. Some events are enter on the day - you just turn up and register at the start. Other events require pre-entry and for that you need to know about (and register with) Eventor - read the Eventor FAQ.

We salute our No.1-ranked orienteers

Eight NSW orienteers have finished 2015 ranked No.1 in their age groups in Australia, and a further 20 achieved a top 3 status.

Eric Morris (M45, BN), Greg Barbour (M50, BF), Mikayla Enderby (W12, NC), Anna Fitzgerald (W35, GS), Tracy Marsh (W40, BF), Jenny Enderby (W45, NC), Val Hodsdon (W65, SH) and Jenny Hawkins (W70, NT) each finished on top of their classes nationally.

The standings are based on results from the Oceania championships in Tasmania in January, the Easter carnival in South Australia in April, and the Australian championships in Victoria in September-October.

Ten orienteers were ranked second, and another ten ranked third. These are excellent results given none of the three major carnivals were conducted in NSW.

A summary of NSW athletes to achieve a top 3 ranking is here. For a full list of OA non-elite rankings from 2015, click here.

Congratulations to all who travelled far and wide to compete. In 2016 Easter is in the ACT and the Australian championships are in south-east Queensland.


Carbine Club extends NSW junior sponsorship

Orienteering NSW is delighted to announce that the Carbine Club of NSW has extended its support of the NSW Schools Orienteering Team.

The Carbine Club is a philanthropic organisation that supports the development of junior sports through sponsorship grants.

The schools team is known as the NSW Carbines in recognition of this support. Funding provided by the Carbine Club helps reduce the costs to team members of competing at the annual Australian Schools Championships.

Since 2001, the Carbine Club has donated more than $50,000 to the NSW junior team. Recently, ONSW was fortunate to again receive a grant of $5,000 for 2015. Pictured here is Tim Cox (Garingal), a member and former chairman of the Carbine Club, accepting the cheque from current chairman Jamie Barkley.

Whenever we can reduce the costs of training and competition camps we can immediately improve the opportunity for participation of all NSW juniors.

The NSW Carbines and Orienteering NSW greatly thank the Carbine Club for their continued support. A special note of thanks is also extended to Tim for his assistance and support as a member of the Carbine Club.


Sports champion award for Rebecca Kennedy

Rebecca Kennedy (Western Plains) has received a Dubbo Sports Award for her orienteering and a $500 local sports champion grant to assist her to go further in the sport.

Rebecca (pictured) this year took out the W16A class in the State League Orienteer of the Year competition.

For the past three years she has been a member of the NSW All Schools team that competed at the annual Australian championships, which this year were in Ballarat.

Fellow members of the Carbines (the NSW Schools Team) to receive grants were Ellen and Duncan Currie (Garingal) and Ewan Shingler (Big Foot).

The grant helps the athletes cover some of the cost of travel and competition. Congratulations to these orienteers, and another huge thank you to Rebecca's mum Sally who is our junior squad manager and encouraged them to apply.


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