Coming Events

Sun 3 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local

Mon 4 Oct 12:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 2 Myall Road

Mon 4 Oct 12:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 1 Jesmond Park
Sun 10 Oct 8:00 am
BOSS Season 2021/2022 Event #1 Cancelled

Sun 10 Oct 10:00 am
NTOC - Kooringle
Bundarra Road, west of Armidale
Sat 16 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 1

Sun 17 Oct 10:00 am
Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date)
Sat 23 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 2

Sat 23 Oct 11:30 am
NSW State League #8 (New date)
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

Sun 24 Oct 9:30 am
NSW State League #9 (New Date)
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.

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.

Alastair, Emily take out SA rogaining champs

Congratulations to Big Foot junior star Alastair George and his girlfriend Emily Sorensen who won the South Australian rogaining championships at the weekend.

It was a convincing win, 320 points ahead of the next team (3190-2870), as they covered 92km in the 24 hours permitted - although they finished with an hour to spare.

Amazingly, this was Emily and Ali’s first rogaine! No doubt their backgrounds as elite orienteers helped - Alastair has competed at JWOC and Emily made this year's JWOC Honour team that did not compete due to covid.

Alastair moved to SA, Emily's home state, just before the NSW lockdown.

IKO's Liz Woodgate has been interstate since July and teamed up with an old friend Marc Woods from Alice Springs for his first rogaine. They finished sixth in the 24-hour event and third in the Mixed Veteran age class.

You can see the results from Almerta Station here.


Perfect weather for NTOC return at Blue Hole

Our Armidale club returned to action on Sunday with an event at Blue Hole Picnic Area that was well attended and featured stunning scenery.

As the name suggests, the event took place around Gara Gorge - where the river bed is rock rather than soil.

Around 30 participants enjoyed some testing courses that involved a river crossing - working out the quickest way to get across was crucial to a good result.

NSW Schools Team member Sam Woolford (Bush n Beach) won the 5.2km Hard 1 course in 42 minutes, while NTOC president Felix Burkhard (pictured) prevailed on Hard 2 (4.1km) in just over an hour.

Thanks to rookie setter Nathan Jeffery and the Northern Tablelands club. You can see the courses on Livelox

NTOC's next local event is on October 10 at Kooringle.

Armidale is known for awesome granite maps and we are happy to report we have a State League weekend up there in April 2022, just before Easter.


OA coaching vacancies

Orienteering Australia is seeking expressions of interest for 1-2 individuals to lead each of the two squads within the new structure – the High-Performance Squad and the National Development Squad.
Expressions of interest could be in the form of a team of two coaches wanting to work together or as individual applications where OA may choose to appoint two people.
Due to the nature of squad coaching being mostly online, expressions of interest will be accepted from those living both within Australia and internationally.

Expressions of interest close on Sunday September 26, should include a resume and a brief cover letter, and be sent to the OA Head Coach (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

More information about the roles can be found in the position descriptions on the OA website.
OA is also seeking a new general manager and coaching director after Matthew Dunstan and Hanny Allston respectively had to cut short their terms due to work commitments.

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