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Fri 1 Oct 8:00 am
Newcastle October-November Street Events
Sun 3 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local
Pomingalarna

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Wed 6 Oct 6:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 1 Jesmond Park

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Wed 6 Oct 7:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 2 Myall Road

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

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Sun 17 Oct 10:00 am
Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date)
Wolfram
Sat 23 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 2
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Sat 23 Oct 11:30 am
NSW State League #8 (New date)
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

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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.


Briohny Seaman sets the kangaroos bouncing!

Waggaroos logoUsing the score event format of orienteering Don MacIntyre set a challenging course of 22 control sites at Pomingalarna Reserve, for which participants had 60 minutes to find as many as possible. Various features were used for the control sites including watercourses, pits, old horse jumps, and contour banks. Depending on distance and difficulty the controls carried different points values so some forward thinking was required to choose the best strategic route to gain as many points as possible.

Briohny Seaman chose well and managed to set kangaroos bouncing in all directions by finding all 22 controls and score the maximum possible 240 points. Alex Davey also scored exceptionally well finding 20 controls and scoring 215 points. Debbie Davey scored 190 points and just managed to hold out Trent Seaman (195) for third place. Nonetheless Trent’s effort earned him handicap honours for the day.

To score heavily required covering most of the reserve. Several chose to just locate controls along the main ridgeline and the eastern slopes. Julie Gooding took this approach and scored an excellent 130 points just ahead of Rob and James Boetto (110).

 Results: Pomingalarna 60min Score Event: Briohny Seaman 240; Alex Davey 215; Debbie Davey 190; Trent Seaman 185; Julie Gooding 130; Rob & James Boetto 110; Matthew Thomas 85; Tegan Lee, Christine Lee & Courtney Whitton 85; Marguerite Caskie group 70; Beryl Latham 30.

The next Waggaroos event will commence at 10 am on Sunday 1 July in the Livingstone National Park and Nature Reserve.

Thanks to John Oliver for this report

 

40 glorious years of orienteering in Centennial Park, Sydney

Starters at Metro #4The Metroleague, Junior League and Come and Try It event at Centennial Park on Sunday was a big event but not just because of the numbers of orienteers out enjoying the sunshine.  This past weekend marked 40 years of orienteering in Centennial ParkDave Lotty, who has mapped all the 14 editions of the map, was on hand to show people the metamorphosis from simple black and white map to the sophisticated 6 colour map we use today. 

Celebrating 40yrs in Centennial ParkUringa Orienteers celebrated with a little champagne, and a fabulous cake which came complete with replica map in icing, created by President Linda Sesta's sister-in-law, Rose, and enthusiastically sliced into by the growing Uringa junior contingent.

As part of our continuing partnership with Centennial Parklands, Linda and Barbara Hill (ONSW Promotions Director) have been working with Centennial Parkland management to create a permanent orienteering course; Barbara showed off the new pack of map and instructions that will be available from the Parklands office later in July.

 

No escaping the mud at Glengarry MTBO

Muddy MTBO racer at Glengarry 2012Mountain Devils kicked off their winter season with a double header on the south coast on the weekend of 16th and 17th June. First up was the sprint course held on the Saturday at Glengarry the rural annex of Scots College.

The weather lived up to winter time expectations in the southern highlands with fog, mist and drizzle which whilst not a downpour was with us for the entire afternoon. The going was difficult in parts due to water on the course with slippery conditions making most of the riders cautious. No one escaped the mud with bikes covered with the stuff and drive trains seizing up. The course itself is a mountain biking delight with a surfeit of single track from smooth going in the forests to rocky switch backs on the climbs and descents. The attendance was slightly down on normal due to a clash with two other events on the weekend namely the 49th Paddy Palin Rogaine held at Clandulla and the Metro League event held at Centennial Park. The hard core MTBO crowd was in attendance with an especially strong contingent from Newcastle who took out four of the eight classes.

The rain cleared on Saturday night and Sunday dawned clear and bright. High wind was forecast but did not reach the 90kms predicted. It was just enough to dry out some of the tracks at Currambene forest where Sunday's long course was staged. And an excellent days racing was had. Currambene forest is perfect mountain biking terrain, fairly flat and with some nice single track. The mud was in attendance of course. It's not Currambene unless there is mud. But the weather was perfect. Once again Newcastle dominated on the podium winning 4 of the 9 classes.

The next events in the MTBO Super Series are SS3 & 4 to be held in the ACT on the 30th of June and 1st of July, followed by SS5 & 6 held at Penrose and Belanglo on 28th and 29th July. Check out the Mountain Devils web site for details and entry.

Thanks to Michael Roylance for this report and photograph.

 

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