Coming Events

Sat 15 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Belrose
access from the western end of Wyatt Ave, Belrose

Sat 15 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Hawkesbury - Ropes Crossing
Wianamatta Regional Park (access from Mainwaring St, Ropes Crossing)

Sun 16 Jun 9:00 am
Waggaroos Local event, CSU plus LTO training session.
Charles Sturt University Campus, Wagga.

Sun 16 Jun 9:30 am
The 49th Great NOSH Footrace
Middle Harbour, Sydney. Australia’s longest running trail run. The original and best! 16km and 22km options.

Sun 16 Jun 9:30 am
2024 Orienteering NSW Controllers Workshop
Sports House, Level 2, 8 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park.

Sun 16 Jun 11:00 am
Laurieton Orienteering
The reserve between Peach Grove and Norman St, Laurieton.

Sun 23 Jun 9:30 am
2024 Metro League #3 - Pennant Hills
Pennant Hills.

Sun 23 Jun 9:30 am
NOY 5 - Abermain North
“Abermain North”. Scale 1:10 000 for all courses. 5m contours., Northwestern corner of Abermain (corner of Lismore & Albury Sts).

Sun 23 Jun 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #3, Beechworth Gorge
Beechworth, Victoria.

Sun 23 Jun 10:00 am
Gara Dam TSR
Gara River Rest Area.

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.

Fabulous results for NSW Carbines

The NSW Schools Team, known as the NSW Carbines, have had a fantastic set of results at the Australian Schools Championships in Tasmania.  As well as bringing home 2nd place overall in the team competition behind Tasmania there were medals galore for the individuals and teams.

Michele Dawson was a standout winner of the individual Senior Girls course, coming in first nearly 3 minutes ahead of New Zealander Lauren Turner. Michele's win is the first ever win for a NSW Senior Girl since the Schools competition was started over 13 years ago.  Daniel Hill was the 2nd Australian home in the Junior Boys course in a highly competitive event which saw some very quick times at the top of the leader board.  Georgia Jones missed out on a place by 42 seconds in the Junior Girls.  There were solid results consistently close together for the NSW competitors, giving the teams Gold in the Junior Boys, Silver in the Senior Girls and Bronze in the Junior girls in the combined results.  There was real disappointment for the Senior Boys with key runner Matt Hill sustaining a serious ankle injury over the previous weekend, which prevented him turning in the sparkling performance we have become accustomed to.  Although the rest of the Senior Boys did their best, the Tasmanian, Victorian and ACT teams proved just too strong for them to get a place this year.

There was more excitement in the Relays on Wednesday and more success for NSW.  Strong performances and high levels of concentration allowed NSW to take Bronze in Junior Boys, Junior Girls and Senior Girls teams.  Senior Boys failed to finish when a brave performance by Matt Hill was cut short by a second ankle injury. 

The announcement of the Honour Roll brought more awards to NSW with an amazing four of our athletes named.  The Honour Roll recognises individual performance and consistency over the two days of Schools Championships from the entire Australian competition, so it is a matter of great pride that Michele Dawson (Senior Girls), Nicola Blatchford (Senior Girls), Daniel Hill (Junior Boys) and Georgia Jones (Junior Girls) were named in the Honour Roll for 2012.


Tough, courageous, fast, quick thinking and tenacious

'Tough, courageous, fast, quick thinking and tenacious' were the words used by Mayor of Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, Bertrand Cardart to describe his impression of orienteers at the opening ceremony of the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in St Helens on Monday evening.

The Schools State teams paraded their flags through the centre of St Helens before presenting them to the receiving committee at Portland Memorial Hall. Carnival organiser Warren McDonough welcomed and thanked the supporters of the carnival who included Orienteering Australia, represented by President Blair Trewin, Orienteering Tasmania, represented by President Martin Bicevskis and Break O'Day Council who have provided many of the carnival facilities, represented by Councillor Coulson, and Glamorgan Spring Bay Council.

Orienteering elites were also on hand to offer words of encouragement and advice to the Schools teams.  Lillian Burrill, 4 times JWOC competitor and graduate of the Schools Championships had three pieces of advice: 'believe in yourself, train hard in terrain and get race smart.'  NSW elite Josh Blatchford agreed: 'never underestimate the need to train and train in the forest.'  Aislinn Prendergast, Australian representative at the recent World Orienteering Championships in Switzerland counselled the youngsters to use the experience of the people they were meeting at the Schools Championships.  The coaches, the managers and the other competitors all had things which could contribute to a developing orienteering career.

Warren left the teams with these thoughts:

'You are not at these competitions by accident.  You are here through the hard work of your coaches, the support of your parents and your own perseverence, resilience, skill and hard work.  You are the best of the best from all our Australian States.  We hope you will perform at your very best this week.  Let the Championships begin!'


Tin mining terrain tests the best in opening races of the 2012 Australian Championships

The Australian Orienteering Championship Carnival kicked off at the weekend with the Australian Middle Distance and Tasmanian Long Distance Championships in areas close to St Helens in the north east of Tasmania.  Many orienteers took advantage of the model map to get acquainted with the race terrain and discovered the intricate tin mining erosion gullies and challenging earth bank features ahead of the first race.

On Saturday good runnability and visibility allowed many of the racers to build up a good head of steam, and winning times across the courses were quick. Others struggled with some of the more technical details getting confused with the network of bank and gullies and taking significantly more time.  Sunday was more of the same but with longer course legs and increased climb to test stamina and challenge the brain. Competitors enjoyed the larger field of entrants and the chance to test themselves against the best of the other Australian States.  New Zealanders are over in decent numbers and again showing their strength across the age groups. 

NSW orienteers have been having their fair share of success. In the Long Distance Championship M40 was a good class for NSW;  although the men couldn't hold off Jon McComb of Tasmania who took 1st place, NSW took the next three places with Jock Davis (BF) 2nd, Scott Simson (NCN) 3rd, Paul Marsh (BF) 4thBennelong Northside's Terry Bluett took 1st in M65 with Ross Barr (GO) 3rdEwan Shingler (BF) took the M10 class with SHOO's John Hodsdon scoring a win in M70.  The female contingent have been having a great Championship so far: Sophie Jones (UR) 1st W10, W35 1st Anna Fitzgerald (WH), 2nd Brook Martin (GO), W45 2nd Barbara Hill (GO), 3rd Paula Savolainen (GO), W60 1st Lynn Dabbs, W65 1st Jenny Hawkins (NTN) and W75 1st Maureen Ogilvie (UR)

The Carnival moves on to the Schools Championships on Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the Australian Sprint Championships on Friday, the Australian Long Distance on Saturday and finishing with the Australian Relay Championships on Sunday.  All race information, and results can be found on the Australian Championship website here.


Marketing efforts reaping rich rewards

Media coverage of orienteering is at an all-time high, with the hard work put in by clubs and the ONSW team bearing fruit. Local newspaper coverage has seen over 18 items already published this year, with more in the pipeline as Uringa and IKO club members line up for their photo shoot in early October advertising the Southern Sydney Series.  It's not just about reporting on events.  Upcoming events are being listed on on-line running and adventure racing communities such as Cool Running, Eventlist, AdventureRace, and KMSEvents.

Ian Jessup, Marketing manager for ONSW and principally responsible for supporting our media contacts, is really pleased with coverage of the sport by local newspapers and radio stations. 

‘There was a great article on Tim Cox in The Australian which really highlighted the strengths of the sport, and how it is both physically dynamic and mentally challenging.  It is a real difficulty to present our sport in soundbites, as it provides so many different things to so many people.  There is the wide age range we cater for, the different levels of physical fitness of those who can participate, and even the difference between the urban vs bush orienteering element to describe.  It is no wonder that the general public have widely differing views of our sport, but with all this media coverage the main messages I think are really getting out there are how much fun it is, and how accessible it can be. Most media outlets I deal with are taken aback by the range in ages, particularly, of our orienteers - but also the fact we cater for different abilities and the fact you go at your own pace. Not many sports can boast that kind of inclusivity."

So if you missed the articles or the radio broadcasts, where can you get access to them now?  YOu can read about the recent NSW Championships profiled in the Western Advocate (Bathurst) here and the Sydney Northern Regional Schools Champs which covered in the North Shore Times here.   A full listing is kept on the website at

If you come across any coverage in your area please let Ian know and we can add the material to the mounting pile of good things said about our sport. And if your club is seeking ways to broaden its publicity, Ian is here as your ONSW employee to help. Contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0416 040 135.


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