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Tue 23 Jul 7:30 pm
Orienteering NSW July Board Meeting

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Wed 24 Jul 4:00 pm
2024 Sydney MapRun #2 Putney
Putney Park Toilets (South), Pellisier Rd, Putney

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Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Arcadia
Vision Valley, 7 Vision Valley Rd, Arcadia

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Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Hills District - Baulkham Hills
Meet at 2nd Baulkham Hills Scout Hall, 25 Jasper Rd, Baulkham Hills
Sat 27 Jul 9:30 am
SOS Term 3 Season Pass

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Sat 27 Jul 10:00 am
Learn to Orienteer - Port Macquarie
Mackillop College Oval.

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Sat 27 Jul 2:00 pm
Jetty Foreshores Orienteering
Jetty Foreshores, Coffs Harbour

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Sun 28 Jul 9:30 am
2024 Metro League #4 - Clay Pan
Tristram Road Reserve, Ben Love Place, Beacon Hill

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Sun 28 Jul 9:30 am
NOY 6 - Belford National Park
“Belford National Park”. Scale 1:10 000. 5m contours. Remapped: Ian Dempsey 2015. Partial updates: Glenn Burgess 2023-24.

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Sun 28 Jul 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #5, Goombargana

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.


President Paul Prudhoe's wicked streak revealed

At least that is what anyone who was tempted into the higher point scoring controls will have discovered at the latest Central Coast event this Sunday.  Paul's determination to make sure winners earned their points meant that key controls were located at the top of rather useful hills.  It proved very enticing for those with strong leg muscles, the ambitious or perhaps those who didn't read the contour detail as well as they might have.  Karen Blatchford was the biggest scorer overall so clearly had a good workout but whatever the final scores, all enjoyed the lovely shady park overlooking beautiful Brisbane Waters where the start and finish were located.

There were new faces in the near 40 strong field with a number of new Central Coast club members running.  The club are hoping to see everyone again next week 2 December at Rowan Park, Lake Haven, where it will be the turn of Hilary Wood to set the course.  Once again the start is close to the water so participants can take advantage of a refreshing post-run swim.  More details of next week's event can be found on the Central Coast website

 

Big fun rushed through that weekend leaving a happy trail of maps and ice-cream!

The NSW Wildfires were invited to join in with the ACT Blue Sparks camping trip and what a fantastic weekend it was!  With nearly 60 people along, including 6 families from NSW this was a big increase in the numbers from last year's camp.  Clearly the word is getting around about the fun to be had together on this annual camp run by Toni Brown and David Poland

Starting out with a training session on Saturday morning with Jock Davis (Big Foot) on the Snow Hills maps the under 12's from both States learnt about how to read complex mine diggings.  Older orienteers also took advantage of the session; Australian Internationals Mace Neve and Lachlan Dow, Australian Junior International Ollie Poland and NZ International Lizzie Ingham as well as some of the NSW Junior Squad were out enjoying the training too.

Lunch was back at the private bush block owned by the Polands followed by a dip in their pristine but chilly waterhole.  David Poland had set up a series of training exercises around the main site to practice map thumbing skills, how to understand map legends and IOF descriptions, and even how to draw a map where a series of unusual objects were masquerading as map symbols.  A BBQ supper and a thrilling night 'O' event with roaming controls and flashlight spotters finished up the day with the children happy to crawl into their tents early, ready for a 7am start the next day.

Sunday was more technical training followed by an extensive hour long rogaine set by Noah Poland and the Miller brothers, Patrick and Tristan around the bush block.  The adults were as keen to get out into the field for a run as the children, and careful planning was needed to make sure that some of the younger teams didn't show up the more experienced orienteers and rogainers.  Matt Hill and Ian Jones showed the way picking up all the controls in the hour, with NSW team consisting of future champions, Ewan Shingler, Sophie Jones, Callum Davis and Georgia Jones getting all but three in a stunning display of wily planning and pure speed.  Everyone's score was evened up at the finish with the final control, set right in the middle of the waterhole, which scored a massive 10,000 points for all those hot and dusty runners who fancied a dip.  Toni magically produced icecreams for all - yes, adults as well!

Many thanks to the Poland family for their generous invitation, to Jock Davis for his training session and to all the ACT youngsters (special mention Zac Needham) who helped to lead the individual training activities over the weekend.  The date has already been set for next year 23/24 November 2013 - put it in your diary and don't miss out next time!

 

Saving mothers and babies!

Uringa Orienteers will donate 50% of the net surplus from their Summer Series event on 28th November at Major's Bay, Concord to the Zonta Birthing Kit Project. The project aims to aid a safe birth in lesser developed countries by providing cheap, effective materials needed during delivery. Each kit costs about $3 and contains simple items such plastic ground sheets and clean gauze swabs. Kits are put together by volunteers at assembly events hosted by Zonta.

Come along and see the display, make a donation and support this important work. Oh yes, and then go and have a run!
 
More information on the project can be found at http://www.birthingkitfoundation.org.au/
 

Jonathon Holland romps home for a win at Lake Albert

The first event of the Wagga Summer Series was held yesterday on the foreshore of Lake Albert, and included Rawlings Park and adjacent streets.  With two score courses on offer each time, this 9 event series takes place on Thursday evenings throughout the summer until March.

On the 45 minute course Alex Davey worked in a clockwise direction around the map and amassed a very good 160 points. Bob Moore and John Oliver tied for second place with 145 points each.

However all were eclipsed by Jonathon Holland’s excellent total of 125 points scored on the 30 minute course despite having 20 points deducted for exceeding the time limit by just over 3 minutes. Briohny Seaman finished second and Debbie Davey wheeling grandson Ryder around in the pusher came third.

Next event will be Thursday 29 November commencing at 6pm from the corner of Kaloona Dr and Yanco Cres Hilltop.

 

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