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Fri 29 Oct 6:00 pm
Summer Park Series #1
Elephant Park, Sale Street.

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Sat 30 Oct 9:30 am
SOS 2 Term 4 West Pennant Hills
Beside Building A off Gentle Way at the southern end of the park.

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Fri 5 Nov 6:00 pm
Goldseekers Summer Park Series #2
Botanic Gardens, Hill Street.

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Sat 6 Nov 9:30 am
SOS 3 Term 4 - Collaroy
The Collaroy Centre

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Sun 7 Nov 9:00 am
Central Coast Summer Series 1 - Avoca Beach
Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach.

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Sun 7 Nov 4:00 pm
River and Bay Series #1 Botany
Sir Joseph Banks Park Oval
Sun 7 Nov 4:30 pm
Garingal Social Picnic with Courses
Artarmon Parklands Community Garden and Playground, Burra Rd, Artarmon (probably in the lower playground area)
Fri 12 Nov 6:00 pm
Goldseekers Summer Park Series #3
TAFE, Forest Road.
Sat 13 Nov 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 4
TBA

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Sun 14 Nov 9:30 am
Central Coast Summer Series 2 - Erina
Reserve between Owen Close and Stratford Park Drive, Erina.

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 are back in action!

More than 200 happy orienteers celebrated a return to community sport over the weekend with runs in three different terrains.

On Saturday morning, the Bold Horizons crew put on a cracking 5km sprint at Hyde Park in the Sydney CBD.

Junior world championship selection Ewan Shingler (Big Foot) blitzed the fast, flat course in just under 19 minutes! Younger sister Nea, who was also picked for JWOC, was the fastest woman in 22m22s.

The last section in Cook and Philip Park had a couple of tiny traps for the tired/unwary/rusty who failed to check their control descriptions. But it was just so good to be out doing proper events again.
 

In Port Macquarie, our newest club resumed operations with hilly line courses on their Tacking Point map. The Hogs' IT guru James Stevenson was quickest on the Long course and Torgrim Soeyland fastest on the Moderate.

We noticed an entry on the Easy course called "Team Happy dragged away from devices" - we can all relate to that!

And outside Orange, Goldseekers had their final winter bush event for 2021 at Ophir South.

They start their sprint twilight series this Friday at Elephant Park.

 

NSW champs going ahead!

The NSW championships are going ahead for fully vaccinated people on November 20-21 after the state government relaxed restrictions on community sport following the long Delta Covid outbreak.

We are delighted that our Uringa and Central Coast clubs will get to see their work come to fruition on maps north of Lithgow that we have not been on for eight years.

Entries have now reopened, and close on Sunday November 7.

Please note there will be no enter-on-day or string course.

The landscape is dominated by large pagoda rock outcrops inter mingled with spur gully. Thank you to Rob Vincent for updating both maps following the fires and the recent regrowth.

These will be our last two State League events for 2021.

 

ONSW Coaching Director Jamie Kennedy

Meet your Board member.

This is the fourth in a weekly series where we introduce you to the people entrusted to run our sport in NSW.

Coaching Director Jamie Kennedy (Garingal). Joined the Board 2020.

Is it comforting to know that our current coaching director got lost on an Easy course the first time he went orienteering?

Yes – because it got him hooked on our sport!

It was 2007 and Jamie Kennedy’s wife was looking online for fun runs. She came across a Garingal club event near them at Hunters Hill.

Along with sons Alex (then 9) and Tom (then 6), they found themselves instantly hooked.

“The Garingal members helping at the event really welcomed us and contributed to the experience. A few years later I found the map and wondered how I could get lost on such an easy course,” recalls Jamie.

There followed the standard procession: summer series, MetrO League, State League and national events as their skill levels and passion grew.

Jamie has been president of Garingal and is in his second stint as club captain (organising 8 teams for each round from about 80 interested GO members).

He and Tania ran the registration tent for the 2017 Australian Championships at Bathurst/Hill End. He has set, organised and controlled events and is a Level 1 controller. 

A step up to Board level seemed a logical next move, representing NSW’s largest club where he can contribute to our sport in a different way.

Jamie has coached junior rugby and soccer and helped organise a tour to NZ for Alex’s rugby team in 2012. 

While Jamie narrowly missed out on being picked for NSW in CHS Rugby in Year 12, he lists his career highlight as winning a NSW Sprint championship.

“It was a bit of a ‘Bradbury’,” he said sheepishly of his win in M50A in 2016.

“Thanks to injuries, DNFs etc I didn’t exactly beat the who’s who of that year’s class, but I won both legs of the double-header and got myself a cloth patch. Before we had to leave for lockdowns, that patch was stuck on my wall at work.”

 

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