Coming Events

Wed 17 Aug 9:30 am
Sydney West Primary Orienteering Championships

Wed 17 Aug 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #4
1st Lindfield Scout Hall, Seven Little Australians Park, Slade Avenue, Lindfield.

Sat 20 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head

Sat 20 Aug 11:30 am
ACT Middle Distance Championships: ACT League #10, NSW SL #12, Pine Island

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
Goldseekers 2022 Bush #6 - Oaky Creek South
Oaky Creek South, Mullion State Forest.

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
ACT Long Distance Championships: ACT League #11, NSW SL #13, Tidbinbilla

Sat 27 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park – Jenkins Hill Picnic Area (this is by the weir, Cafe and Playground. It is best accessed from the Lady Game Drive, Lindfield)

Sat 27 Aug 10:00 am
NSW Stingers Training Camp

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
Newcastle Bush 2022 OY #7
Sugarloaf North.

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
MetrO League 2022 #4 - Wianamatta
Roads to Nowhere. Scale 1:7,500 with 2m contours., Wianamatta Regional Park.

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.

Brush up your skills before the next weekend’s State Leagues

Junior July 12

There is a bush training session being run this Tuesday 10th July at Soapy Flat near Mittagong in the Southern Highlands, and any ONSW member is welcome to attend.  The session is being run by Junior Squad team manager, and recent Newcastle Coalfields Classic Sprint setter, Karen Blatchford.  The training will be making use of SI so that you can analyse your data afterwards.  If you would like to come along please let Karen Blatchford know by emailing here at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and she will let you have the final details and make sure there is a map for you.

Group ready for training Jul 12This will be the second training outing for the Junior Squad these holidays as Graeme Dawson (Garingal) set a Czech relay on the Wattle Ridge map this week for the team.  As well as the squad there were quite a few other orienteers who also came along.  Corinne Fulford (SHOO), Airdrie Long (Garingal) and Dave Lotty (Uringa) took full advantage of a great map and interesting training exercise to brush up their fine navigation. Coaching for some of the younger juniors was available with youngsters like Hugh Gingell, a Garingal junior who will be moving up to Moderate courses this year, having a go at some technically difficult controls.  Josh Blatchford, up from Canberra, also training, shadowed some of the older squad around the course to give them an Elite eye view of orienteering.


Loops and hills at Allambie Heights

Sometimes you can be right in the middle of Sydney and yet be enjoying some glorious rock and bush trails.  Bennelong Northside's Come and Try It event at Allambie Heights on the Manly Dam map on Sunday 6 July gave beginners a little taste of what bush orienteering can be like, and the more experienced a few challenges too.  There were quite a few new faces at the event including some intrepid families with little ones who took on the easy course together. The Currie family from Garingal had a great outing with Ellen winning the Very Easy course and Duncan the Easy course.  Duncan was only prevented from winning the Moderate Short by Bennelong's Michael Halmy and a bare 10 seconds.  Big Foot runners Patrik Gunnarson and Stephen Craig took the top two places in the Moderate Long with Patrik's winning time of 40:55 leaving scorch marks in the forest.


JWOC competition update

Our Junior Elites have been battling through the heat at the JWOC in Slovakia in their first races.  The Sprint on Sunday was around Kosice city centre in 33 degrees of heat which caused some of the runners more problems than what they described as a disappointingly easy course.  Ian Lawford (ACT) had the best of the Sprints for Australia coming 20th in 14:59 but the quality of the field was such that even our lower placed runners were less than 3 minutes behind the winner. Heather Muir (QLD) had a solid effort coming in the top 100 only 3:15 behind winner Tove Alexandersson from Sweden.

Monday saw the Long Distance races contested where weather once again provided more challenges.  Overcast and humid conditions greeted the early runners, whilst later runners had thunder, lightening and heavy rain to contend with.  The Australian juniors fared better in the Long Distance than they had in the Sprint with 7 out of the 10 runner team placing in the top 100.  This was due to the fact that there were few major errors made by the Australians and indeed looking at the splits the team were well prepared with steady starts and generally improving speeds across the latter half of the courses.   This strength and poise in their runs belies the fact that there are a number of new faces on the team this year, and bodes well for future Australian international competitions as these young Elites gain experience at this level.

Long results

Men Women
41 Brodie Nankervis 70 Heather Muir
53 Oliver Poland 82 Amy Buckerfield
59 Ian Lawford 106 Lillian Burrill
75 Oscar McNulty 108 Michele Dawson
95 Alex Massey  
117 Kasimir Gregory  

Sprint results

Men Women
20 Ian Lawford 83 Heather Muir
52 Oscar McNulty 106 Lillian Burrill
64 Oliver Poland 122 Amy Buckerfield
86 Kasimir Gregory mp Michele Dawson
114 Alex Massey  
126 Brodie Nankervis  

The competition continues today with the Middle Distance qualification races - follow the action on-line at when the races start at 6pm AEST.


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