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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.

NSW success in Tasmania

NSW orienteers were among the spoils at the Oceania championships and Hobart Shorts earlier this month. Representatives from ten NSW clubs took home medals, with an impressive six clubs boasting series winners.

The biennial Oceania champs were held in conjunction with the opening round of the 2015 IOF World Cup and as such attracted about 100 European elites and around 900 competitors all up.

Michael Burton (Big Foot), James Lithgow (Garingal) and Nicola Blatchford (Newcastle) took out both series. Well done!

Our overall placegetters were:

1st: M50A Michael Burton (BF), M60A James Lithgow (GO), W10A Erika Enderby (NC), W20A Nicola Blatchford (NC), W21A Phoebe Dent (CC), W35A Anna Fitzgerald (GS), W40A Tracy Marsh (BF, pictured), W80A Maureen Ogilvie (UR).

2nd: MOpenB Dean Gingell (GO), M10A Oliver Freeman (BF - Big Foot had 5 boys in this class!), M20A Aidan Dawson (GO), M40A Matt Sherlock (BF), WOpenB Steph Sherlock (BF), W50A Karen Blatchford (NC), 

3rd: M21AS Jose Zapata (CC), M55+AS Rob Spry (SH), M75A John Hodsdon (SH), W21AS Margaret Peel (NC), W45AS Barb Dawson (GO), W55+AS Julie Mann (IK), W60A Lyn Dabbs (WH), W65A Val Hodsdon (SH). 

Immediately following that, Hobart hosted their annual 6-event sprint program offering a wide range of terrains (campus, bush, sand dunes, urban). NSW overall placegetters were: 

1st: M50 Michael Burton (BF), M60+ James Lithgow (GO), w17-20 Nicola Blatchford (NC) 

2nd: M16 Duncan Currie (GO)

3rd: M60+ Gordon Wilson (BN), W60+ Julias Prudhoe (CC)


Welcome to 2015

Hi everyone - we hope you had a relaxing break with family or friends or both.

Many of us have enjoyed one or two fantastic carnivals over the holiday period - the Xmas 5-Days which was held in Sydney for the first time, then the Oceania Champs and opening World Cup round in Tasmania.

Both carnivals were professionally run on superb maps in great scenery and made a big impression on the visiting European elites escaping the cruel northern winter.

Pretty much all our clubs are back into the swing of things, and with the calendar ticking over into 2015 it means it's time to renew your membership - or join if you like what you have seen so far.

Membership forms are in the middle of the summer booklet and on the membership page, or you can register via Eventor. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook.

We have some exciting weekends still to come before we hit the winter bush season:

(1) O'Shea 2-Days Feb 21-22: this is a 3-race event for pairs on the Central Coast. This year all three runs are close together in the Gwandalan area at the southern end of beautiful Lake Macquarie. See the flyer for details. The highlights of this weekend are undoubtedly the loud and lairy costumes worn by many participants, and the spearmint leaf cakes traditionally awarded as prizes (see pic, left). 

(2) Sydney Sprint Weekend Mar 7-8: NSW is hosting the opening round of the National League with three races: at Sydney Uni and on new maps at Botany and UNSW. See the web page for details.

(3) Women's Coaching Weekend Mar 14-15: this very popular weekend caters for women of all ages and abilities in a fun-filled environment in the Southern Highlands. Stay tuned for details.

(4) MTBO Mar 21-22: for mountain bike enthusiasts, NSW is also hosting the opening round of the MTBO NOL in the Newcastle area. This will double as the NSW champs in this discipline and the Australian selection trials for the world champs in the Czech Republic in July.

In a great initiative to get more people into MTBO, the organisers on the Saturday are offering free introductory coaching and free entry to the beginner eventSee the web page for details.


Ultra fine way to end a glorious urban carnival

Our first city-based Xmas 5-Days carnival wrapped up with an ultra sprint right outside the Sydney Cricket Ground to great acclaim from elites and amateurs alike.

The setting - among magnificent fig trees (see pic, left), around Kippax Lake, and a stone's throw from so much sporting history - was a fitting end to 5 days of urban O. 

Ultra Sprint is a new form of orienteering, much like cricket's Twenty20 - fast, furious and finished quickly.

Participants had to complete short line courses of about 1km, in any order, inside the two-hour window (8-10am). The maps were drawn at 1:2000 with every tree shown and its canopy covering. Controls could be either side of a tree or fence post or log, and each wrongly punched control brought a 30-second penalty instead of the dreaded 'mp'.

"It's the first time I have done this and it's fantastic," said Christian Tingström of Sweden, who won the Big Foot Sprints a week ago at St Ives Showground. Today he finished four seconds behind Josh Blatchford (NC) who completed the 3 courses in 17m52s. 

"I am an orienteer, not a runner, so I love how you have to concentrate very hard on the map in an area that looks very easy. And all the dummy controls (from the other courses); it's like Trail O and quite tricky. It's a really good training activity, too. I loved it."

In Women's A, Swedish World Cup champs and six-time world championship silver medallist Tove Alexandersson won by a massive two and a half minutes today to easily take out the overall title.

The standout feature of the ultra sprint is the maze (see pic, left) in the middle of the map. Each course had 3-4 controls inside the maze, which was also magnified as a map inset. You can see a two-minute video of the maze in action.

Around 100 Sydneysiders had a test run of the ultra sprint at Callan Park in November, so had an inkling of what lay ahead. Behind the scenes it was a mountain of work for setter Matt Peters, SI guru Ron Pallas and the host club Uringa - triple the work of a normal event. UR awesome !

Click on the blue links for Day 5 maps from the Hard 1 course (Leg 2 and Leg 3), resultssplits, the final carnival standings (your best 4 results counted) and the ONSW album of Facebook photos.

You can see why Garingal's Tony Hill worked as a wedding photographer during his uni days - check out his sensational album from the carnival. Thanks Tony.

We wish safe travels and clean running to all those heading on to Tasmania immediately for the Oceania championships and opening round of the World Cup. We hope you have enjoyed a carnival that aimed to showcase the best of Sydney.


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