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.

Minigaine Madness pulls in the crowds

The Minigaine Madness, a joint event between ONSW (as part of the Summer Series) and NSW Rogaining Association, was a huge success pulling in 130 teams and well over 100 individuals to race in the event at Lindfield this weekend.  Using a combination of Bennelong Northside's Lane Cove map and Big Foot's Blue Gum Creek map, competitors had 3000 points to chase down in three hours.  Gill Fowler and Stephen Ryan were the only team who managed the perfect score, but Glen Horrocks, Mark Schafer, Tim Austin and Richard Green, running as individuals, all gathered in full points.  Perhaps this proves that sometimes two heads are not better than one when it comes to rogaining or maybe the issue was with teams having four tired legs rather than two.  Certainly there were plenty of hills on offer and quite a bit of mud too as the course took full advantage of the extensive bush in the area.

Winning teams in the various categories on offer were:

  • Open - Gill Fowler, Stephen Ryan (also won the Mixed category)
  • Men - Chad Armstrong, Ryan Armstrong
  • Veteran and Super Vets - Neil Hawthorne, James Lithgow, Warwick Selby
  • Family - Barbara and Matthew Hill
  • Women - Lisa Grant, Claire Winnick
  • Novice - Ben Gardem, Dale Jackson
  • Under 23 - Alexander Watt, Tristan White, Samuel Wicks
  • Legends - Bryony Cox, Timothy Cox

Provisional results can be found here


Important - State League 1&2 24/25 March POSTPONED

Entrants to the first State Leagues of the 2012 season received an email from Big Foot organisers last weekend which read: 'After a site visit this weekend, Big Foot have reluctantly had to postpone State League 1 & 2. Access to the area by 2WD is impractical, and it looks as though this will remain the case for several weeks.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this will no doubt cause.

We will attempt to reschedule the event and will be in touch as soon we have a date. This may take a while, since we have to negotiate with a few land owners, consult the relevant orienteering calendars and sacrifice something to the weather gods.'

Big Foot plan to retain entry fees pending the setting of a replacement date for the events.


NSW & ACT coaches put on top notch training weekend

Josh Blatchford coaching at TimberlightAround forty orienteers, drawn mainly from ACT and NSW Elites and Junior Squads, enjoyed some fantastic training at Timberlight this weekend. The training was a last minute arrangement between NSW, and ACT training coordinator Toni Brown, after the disappointment of the State League postponement.  With exercises set by National Senior Squad member Josh Blatchford and World Masters Gold Medallist Jenny Bourne the training was high quality and just the thing to sharpen up bush skills after the summer of street navigation.  New Zealand International Lizzie Ingham and Australian JWOC 2011 team member Belinda Lawford (also National Senior Squad) were amongst those taking advantage of the opportunity for some extra training.

NSW Head Coach Nick Dent ran a session for Sydneysiders returning home, in Belanglo on Sunday.  Dave Lotty and Dick Ogilvie who were out in the forest planning for Uringa's August State League joined in the tough physical loops course on the Miner's Despair map.

Many thanks to Toni Brown and the coaches for working together to pull this off at short notice.  Many thanks also to the Knights family for access to their property, Timberlight, and Western Hills Orienteers for access to the map.  This may be one of the last few opportunities to run on this part of the map as the property is being subdivided and sold in 100 acre lots. 


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