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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.


Newcastle, Central Coast win at O'Shea

Newcastle duo Robert Vincent and Martin Quirke have taken out the O'Shea 2-Days carnival with a convincing win in the three-race pairs event on the Central Coast.

Rob and Martin were 18 minutes faster than Uringa siblings Lawrence and Georgia Jones as the fixture moved back to the Gwandalan area at the southern end of beautiful Lake Macquarie.

Central Coast couple Paul and Julia Prudhoe took out the short pairs by less than two minutes over brothers Steven (NC) and Kevin (GO) Roberts.

The highlight of the weekend, as usual, was the cake prizes - decorated with spearmint leaf lollies, as shown here by Karen Blatchford and Gayle Quantock, the women's runners up in the Long Pairs.

The three events were:
* a Saturday afternoon relay at Point Wolstoncroft
* a Saturday evening event at Summerland Point
* a Sunday morning Pairs Score event in Gwandalan

Results from all 3 events, and maps from the night event, can be found here.

 

Women's Training Weekend - it's on again!

One of the more recent initiatives to develop our sport has been the Women's Training Weekend in the Southern Highlands each March.

This year it's on March 14-15. It is aimed at females of all orienteering standards, but especially newcomers and those looking to make the transition from Easy courses to Moderate - just in time for the bush courses and State League events over the winter months.

Here's feedback from a rookie who attended in 2013: "Now I have got the bug to get going again thanks to your weekend help. And having the opportunity to be 'shadowed' at a real event was particularly useful to practise some of the lessons."

The information flyer is on the Eventor page. Anyone with any questions about the weekend should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Orienteering Australia coach Nick Dent will conduct the sessions. We thank Robyn and Nick for their efforts with this great weekend.

 

Georgia, Toby selected in national squads

Juniors Toby Wilson and Georgia Jones are the new NSW faces in Orienteering Australia's High Performance Squads for 2015.

The OA high performance pathway has been thoroughly reworked in the past 15 months to define a clearer path from talented junior to world championship athlete.

Garingal Year 12 student Toby has shown he can mix it with the open men, taking out a Sydney Sprint recently. He comes into the OA Junior Development Squad.

One rung beneath, in the Targeted Talented Athlete Squad, is Uringan Georgia. The Year 11 student was in the Australian All Schools Honour team last year.

Three-time JWOC rep Michele Dawson has moved from the OA junior development squad into the national development squad. Younger brother Aidan is in the junior squad for a second year.

Our ONSW representatives in the OA squads are:

Elite HPSJulian Dent (CC).

High Performance Squad: Rob Preston (NC).

National Development SquadAlex Massey (NC), Michele Dawson (GO).

Junior Development SquadNicola Blatchford (NC), Aidan Dawson (GO), Daniel Hill (GO), Toby Wilson (GO).

Talented Target Athlete Squad: Georgia Jones (UR).

Congratulations to all these orienteers. The full OA squads can be viewed here.

 

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