Coming Events

Fri 3 Dec 6:00 pm
Bennelong Northside 50th Anniversary Dinner & Celebration (by invitation) for Past (BOO & NOSH) & Past/Present (BNO) Members - Deadline Extended till 24/11/21 only

Fri 3 Dec 6:00 pm
Orange Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens, Hill St.

Sun 5 Dec 8:30 am
NOY 8 - Kitchener

Sun 5 Dec 9:00 am
Central Coast Summer Series 4 - Narara/Niagara Park
Gavenlock Oval, Narara.

Sun 5 Dec 9:30 am
West Sydney Orienteering Series 2021-2022 #1 - Darling Mills
Darling Mills, Grass clearing, 5min walk from NE end of Mill Dr, North Rocks

Sun 5 Dec 9:30 am
2021 WHO Cup & AGM
Darling Mills, Grass clearing, 5min walk from NE end of Mill Dr, Baulkham Hills

Sun 5 Dec 11:00 am
Wayne Richards Park Summer Sprint Series #1
Port Macquarie.

Sun 5 Dec 4:00 pm
River and Bay Series #4
Two Valleys (new). This is a variant of the "The Warren" map which Dave Lotty has recently extended to the east along Cooks River while retaining all the interesting parkland and bush areas of the old map., Gough Whitlam Park, Bayview Avenue, Earlwood -

Wed 8 Dec 4:30 pm
2021/22 Sydney Summer Series #4 Fox Valley
Fox Valley, George Christie Playing Field
Wed 8 Dec 5:00 pm
Newcastle SSS2 - Broadmeadow

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 Stars at Easter

Congratulations to NSW Juniors Michele Dawson, Kasimir Gregory and Alex Massey who have all been selected to represent Australia in the 2012 Junior World Orienteering Championships in Slovakia in July. The selection is well deserved after strong performances by all three in the March and Easter selection races. All three are pictured below in action over the weekend at the Easter 3-Day Competition in Stanthorpe, Queensland.

Other athletes that also excelled over the weekend and picked up first placings included Ewan Shingler (M10A), Daniel Hill (M16A), Angus Roberts (M17-20A), Miles Ellis (M35A), Jock Davis (M45A), Eric Baker (M55+AS), Neil Schafer (M85+A), Marina Ishakova (W21A), Jenny Enderby (W40A), Jane Watt (W55+AS), Toy Martin (W65A) and Maureen Ogilvie (W75A).

In the open elite ranks Tracy Marsh, Joshua Blatchford and Matthew Parton were impressive posting highly competitive results across the weekend.

The Easter competition was spread over four events with the terrain ranging from complex granite to more open fields. Good results required both technical skills to navigate through the tricky granite detail as well as speed and endurance.

On the social side the local National Parks were visited by many plus the restaurants, wineries and local produce stalls were very well received with many orienteers stocking up for the trip home. Thanks to Orienteering Queensland, the many volunteers that contributed to the weekend as well as the Stanthorpe and Warwick towns for a memorable weekend.


Last in DuO Adventure Series will bring out the wheel champions

The final and deciding race this weekend at Belanglo Forest will see the crowning of the first DuO Adventure Race Series champions.  The series placings are still up for grabs in both the long and the short course, male and female classes, and with over 75 competitors signed up the competition should be fast and furious. There will be some entries on the day available for both individual and pairs teams.  Event organiser Greg Bacon has a new element this time too, with a novice course included to allow sporty families a chance to let the children have a run too.  The novice course is only 8km MTB and 1km foot stage, so that parents will have time to finish the novice course with their children and still have time to tackle the short course by themselves.  With a sausage sizzle starting at 11am there will be every incentive for competitors to get back as quickly as they can!


Garden beds and buildings test Waggaroos' powers of concentration

A short 2.5 km course contained within the Gardens and the Civic Theatre precinct had participants zigzagging forth and back trying to select the most efficient route. Garden beds and buildings created natural barriers so participants had to choose their route carefully and with so many cross-overs it was inevitable that some would get confused and find themselves at the wrong control site.

Estonian born Arvo Ambel chose well and slipped around the course in a shade under 11 minutes almost 2 minutes quicker than second placed Alex Davey. Trent Seaman also had an excellent run finishing just 16 seconds further back in third place.

New to orienteering but old in the art of preparation, Lachlan Billett entered his first orienteering competition to use it as a warm up for the Riverina Schools Championships scheduled for May 8. With mother Amanda in tow he coped with the tricky course quite satisfactorily finishing a creditable sixth. Po King Chung was another trying orienteering for the first time. An error near the sixth control cost her some time but she managed to find the other controls easily enough and finished ninth.

Thanks to John Oliver for this report


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