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2022/23 Sydney Summer Series #1 Pyrmont
Pyrmont, Pirrama Park Kiosk

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Sat 8 Oct 2:00 pm
Wollongong - Cordeaux Heights
Cordeaux Heights 1:7,500, Sheargold Park (Derribong Drive) Cordeaux Heights

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Sun 9 Oct 9:30 am
MetrO League Final
Galston Recreation Reserve, 412 Galston Road, Galston.

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Sun 9 Oct 10:00 am
Goldseekers 2022 Bush #8 - TBC

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Wed 12 Oct 4:30 pm
2022/23 Sydney Summer Series #2 Wentworth Park
Wentworth Park, Glebe (outside grandstand).

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Wed 12 Oct 5:00 pm
2022/2023 Newcastle Summer Series Warmup - Cardiff South
Cardiff South.
Sat 15 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 #1
TBC.

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Sun 16 Oct 11:00 am
Hastings Port Macquarie Orienteering - Lake Cathie
Jonathon Dickson Reserve, Lake Cathie.

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Wed 19 Oct 4:30 pm
2022/23 Sydney Summer Series #3 Bantry Bay
Burnt Bridge, Bantry Bay Reserve

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Wed 19 Oct 5:00 pm
2022/2023 Newcastle Summer Series #1 - Macquarie Hills
Macquarie Hills.

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.


Mosman High Yr 7 students learn to navigate

Students at coaching sessionONSW has conducted a successful 3-week introductory orienteering program for 156 Year 7 Mosman High students. The challenge of hosting so many students in a short space of time (50 mins max including briefing) meant we had to set score courses on Bennelong Northside's Georges Heights sprint map, recently updated by master cartographer Terry Bluett. This area, which has been used the past few years as the pre-Xmas Sydney Summer Series venue, is one of the most spectacular parcels of land in Sydney, offering sweeping views from Manly all the way around to the Opera House. It is a wonderful mix of open area, small pockets of bush, heritage-listed buildings and an assortment of monuments, statues and lightning towers.

In week 1 the students went around in pairs; half the group looking for 15 controls on the western portion of the map, the other half looking for 15 controls on the eastern portion. Due to the need to explain the basics of the map and the tasks required in pin-punching, the students only had about 35 minutes on the course. Six teachers were each assigned a small area on the map to patrol, while PDHPE head teacher Josh Ferguson roved the course watching on impressed as the students and volunteer coaches went about their business.

In week 2 the same pairs did the other half of the course, and with no need for an introduction had about 45 minutes on course.Students on coaching course

A few pairs managed to locate all 30 controls across the two weeks which was very encouraging.
For week 3 we used SI cards and a new course of 20 controls. The students had to now go individually, and loved using the electronic technology. While many students were happy to go at their own pace, we were delighted that five students got all 20 controls in the allocated time and a further three got 19 controls.

Feedback from the teachers, and later on from the principal, was fantastic and Mosman HS is looking at having some kind of orienteering experience on its PE calendar each year from now on as a result. The program was conducted by ONSW Marketing Officer Ian Jessup and its success over the 3 days was thanks to the efforts of volunteer coaches Graham Galbraith, Terry Bluett, Robert Spry (all BN), Peter Hopper (IK) and Barbara Hill (GO/ONSW). Terry also manned the SI on day 3.

ONSW hopes to see a large posse of Mosman HS students at the Sydney North schools champs at St Ives on Friday August 3 as a result.

Thanks to Ian Jessup for this report and Carmel Foley for the photographs

 

 

Heroes at the Hut!

Following on from the work weekend at Belanglo House in April, Peter Howe, handyman extraordinaire, recently spent a couple of very productive days at the Hut to screw down the boards on the front deck of the Fire Room, paint the Bathroom and clean the tiles in the Shower Recess, sand back and paint the Campers Fridge (and also clean out the interior, brave fellow) and install a shelf in the alcove for esky coolers and boxes of food supplies, so that cupboard tops can be used for food preparation.

Dave Lotty, Peter Howe and Kevin Curby were back last Wednesday installing a new stove and replacing broken power points. A new cupboard is to be installed beside the stove for storage of saucepans. As a result of all this work, the Hut is returning to its former glory.

Later this year, when the weather is warmer, we will be looking for volunteers to paint inside and outside the fire room. 

Kevin Curby, Special Projects Director and Hut maitre d' would like to extend a big thank you to Peter Howe and Dave Lotty.

 

Northern Tablelands serve up Queens Birthday 3 Day treat

Whilst much of NSW was hunkering down under a deluge, Armidale was enjoying near perfect dry, cool and bright running conditions for the Queen’s Birthday 3 day carnivalNorthern Tablelands fielded some of its finest maps for the events, and orienteers who wanted to do well had to bring their best game. 

Day 1 was a Sprint Race in Armidale State Forest.  Starting later in the afternoon to allow for competitors to make their way from across the State, this event had the fewest runners of the weekend.  Those who did compete were treated to really enjoyable courses.  Terrain was fast underfoot and fragrant with pine needles.  For those who did well this was an opportunity to experience true ‘control flow’ through the checkpoints.

Bullecourt Boulder BoundersDay 2 and State League #6 at Mount Brown provided probably the most challenging map of the carnival.  Eric Andrews, Liz Bourne and their colleagues from Queensland’s Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club worked with the local club to put this event on. A granite strewn hillside with patches of open and not so open, made it important to navigate carefully and stay in touch with the map.  Inattention or sloppy technique was punished severely on the harder courses which had few catching features or major handrails in much of the more detailed areas. 

QB3 Day 3 finisherNSW Juniors were out in force as Day 2 and 3 have been nominated as selection races for the Schools Team for Tasmania, and they couldn’t have asked for better terrain to test themselves on.  Daniel Parton (GS) and Daniel Hill (GO) had a great race, with Daniel Parton getting the edge over the younger boy by only 8 seconds. Georgia Jones (UR) had a winning run in W14A after a disappointing mispunch on Day 1. Future squad members are beginning to appear in the younger age groups with Duncan Currie (GO) running up in M14A for a win, closely followed by Alastair George (BF) Some standout results amongst the other age classes included M65A Ross Barr (GO) who was fastest on the Hard 5 course whipping around in 42:23, and W65A Meredyth Sauer who was beaten to fastest on Hard 7 by W35AS Maria Orr who was only a minute ahead of her.  Evening at the Armidale RSL allowed orienteers to chew over courses as well as dinner.

NTOC runner QB3Day 3 at Banalasta was the Long Distance of State League #7. Fast paddock interspersed with forested granite outcroppings in this race which saw M21A running 8.8km on Hard 1 course.  This set of courses was incredibly challenging and saw many competitors with times well over the 60 minute winning target, and some who battled their way around the course to times of 2 hours and more. Three days of racing scores were accumulated to set the rankings for the QB3 carnival winners. QB3 Day 3 runner

 

 Full results, splits and Routegadget are available on the NTOC website

 

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