Coming Events

Wed 29 Mar 4:30 pm
2022/23 Sydney Summer Series #26 Gordon
Gordon Golf Club.

Sat 1 Apr 1:00 pm
Waggaroos Training Weekend, location Willan's Hill and CSU, Wagga Wagga

Sun 2 Apr 9:30 am
NOY1 - Southams Road West
Southams Road West, Kitchener

Sun 2 Apr 10:00 am
Dorrigo Dash
Dorrigo Sportsground

Sun 2 Apr 10:00 am
Goldseekers Bush Series #2 Bridle Track Reserve
Bridle Track Reserve.

Sun 2 Apr 10:00 am
Dorrigo Maze
Dorrigo Sportsground.

Mon 10 Apr 10:30 am
Bush training Manly Dam
Car park at top (S end) of Gibbs St, Manly Vale beside Manly Vale Public School.
Sun 16 Apr 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #2, Yackandandah

Sun 16 Apr 10:00 am
Newcastle Pairs and Come & Try It - Minmi (TBC)
Tank Paddock, Minmi (TBC)

Sun 16 Apr 11:00 am
Crestwood Orienteering
Crestwood Drive, Port Macquarie.

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.

NSW orienteers racing across the State and beyond

This weekend there was a veritable feast of orienteering.  The ACT Middle and Long Distance Championships near Canberra lured some of NSW best but there was still plenty of racing and competition across the State, from the 2nd Metroleague race out at Kingswood, to the the club event offerings at Yambo by the Central Coast Orienteers, and Ophir near Orange held by Goldseekers

The ACT Championships offered a contrasting pair of events; the Middle Distance on Saturday at Kowen Forest East was fast underfoot whilst Sunday's Long Distance at Glendale provided complex granite terrain which required stamina and concentration.  NSW did well in both and some of those who reached the podium on Saturday showed their experience by also gaining glory on Sunday.  In W50A NSW swept the board taking all three top places. 


Podium places in the Middle Distance
W20A Nicola Blatchford 2nd
M16A Aiden Dawson 3rd
M40A Scott Simson 1st
M50A Malcolm Roberts 1st
M55A Alex Davey 2nd
M60A Nick Dent 1st
M65A Steve Flick 1st
M65A Terry Bluett 2nd
M75A Barry Hanlon 1st
W45A Karen Blatchford 1st
W50A Gayle Quantock 2nd
W50A Carolyn Matthews 3rd
W55A Hilary Wood 1st
W60A Lyn Dabbs 3rd
W70A Janet Morris 2nd
W75A Maureen Ogilvie 1st
MOpenB Michael Lloyd 2nd

Podium places in the Long Distance
W20A Nicola Blatchford 2nd
M40A Scott Simson 1st
M65A Terry Bluett 1st
M65A Steve Flick 2nd
W45A Karen Blatchford 2nd
W45AS Julie Mann 3rd
W50A Gayle Quantock 1st
W50A Debbie Davey 2nd
W50A Caroly Matthews 3rd
W55A Hilary Wood 1st
W60A Lyn Dabbs 1st
W70A Janet Morris 2nd
W75A Maureen Ogilvie 1st
MOpenB Michael Lloyd 2nd

The Metroleague event at Kingswood favoured faster runners, with some complexity around the University buildings being offset by long ranging runs across open grassland.  It was also the first of the Junior League races and there was a good opening set of runners, with a number of new teams competing.  Honours were spread much more evenly at this Metroleague around the clubs with results closely bunched.

Divn A: 6.8km. GO Goannas 31 bt WHO 24, Big Foot 40 bt GO Frill Necks 0 (forfeit). Fastest time: G Horrocks (GO) 34m29s.
Divn B: 6km. GO Molochs 29 bt Bennelong 26, Big Foot 31 bt GO Dragons 23, UR-CC Harriers 27 drew GO Monitors 27. Fastest time: S Ryan (GO) 33m37s.
Divn C: 4.8km. Bennelong 35 bt GO Skinks 20, WHO Hommes 38 bt GO Geckos 16, IKO 28 bt SHOO 27. Fastest time: I Froude (IKO) 31m40s.
Divn D: 3.9km. Bennelong 40 bt SHOO 9, UR-CC Kites 28 bt UR-CC Falcons 27, WHO Femmes 33 bt GO Legless 19. Fastest time: G Jones (UR) 27m43s.
Divn E: 3.5km. Big Foot 34 bt UR-CC Kestrels 18, WHO 31 bt GO WoWHO GO Blue Tongues 24. Fastest time: M Osborne (BF) 23m48s

At the Goldseekers event there were a number of Western Plains club members using their polished skills from their club training day on Saturday.  Described by Goldseekers as a challenging, rugged and historic mining area, the Ophir map posed plenty of challenges for Western Plains and Goldseekers alike.  Although it was Goldseekers Darren Francis and Jean Baldwin who took the top place in Mens  and Women's Hard courses respectively Western Plain orienteers had a good showing with Dale Wallace, Sean Hagan, Sally Devenish and Kate Kennedy taking the other podium places. Ophir event results

Numbers at the Central Coast event at Yambo didn't actually seem to suffer despite from having many of the experienced members of the club racing in the ACT Championships and at the Metroleague as part of the Uringa/Central Coast team.  There were a good number of Newcastle club members who had made the short drive south to take advantage of a bush race the week before the major Coalfields Classic weekend coming up.  Greg Barbour won the Long Hard in 46:14, Greg Bacon taking first place comfortably in the Short Hard in 57:39. The moderate course was hotly contested with first place John Doran only three seconds ahead of Scott Johnston and only eight seconds ahead of Keith Morris in third.  Vanessa Delaney and family never looked at risk of losing their first place in the Easy, their splits showing a turn of speed that kept them ahead of the rest of the field for all but one of the controls.  Yambo event results.


Check out the international competition!

Coalfields Classic logoAnyone heading to Newcastle for the Coalfields Classic this weekend should have another look at the event website.  It has all the latest bulletins, start lists and event information including a new press release from Australian Orienteering's Bob Mouatt describing how the SILVA National Orienteering League works, the elite competitors, their current standings and their chances in this weekend's races.


Big Week for NSW Juniors

Some of the best NSW juniors will be running hard this weekend as the Coalfields Classic includes the first selection races for the 2012 NSW Schools Team.   The team will compete in the Australian All Schools Orienteering Championships in Tasmania during the September school holidays.

If juniors are interested in nominating for the team, it’s not too late, but you had better be quick!  Entry on the day is available for this weekend’s events and selectors have generously extended the deadline for nominations to 13 May.  Full selection criteria for the squad is available here.  Late nominations for the NSW 2012 Schools Team should be emailed to Karen Blatchford (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with cc to Hilary Wood by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and note your name, school attended, date of birth and contact details.

In other junior news, Waggaroos hosted the Riverina Schools Orienteering Championships this week.  By all reports the day was outstanding with 60 young local orienteers competing.  The support of the Riverina School Sport Unit was very much appreciated. In Sydney, the Junior League started last Sunday at UWS Kingswood.  Times for all competitors are available here and the Junior League point score from the day is available here.  The ONSW Development Team has also been kept busy this week with 180 Mosman High students in the midst of a three week orienteering program.  Thanks to the support of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust the students were able to explore the historic defence buildings and magnificent harbour views at Georges Heights.  Active After-school Communities programs are also running in Sydney, the Hunter Valley and Illawarra this term and are keeping our wonderful coaches busy providing excellent orienteering experiences for primary schoolers.


Coalfields Classic Update

The Coalfields Classic got underway in Newcastle today. The Sprint event was conducted at Newcastle University and the Middle Distance event at Pelaw Main. Both events were part of the National Orienteering League and were also selection races for the Australian team that will contest this year's World Orienteering Championships.

RouteGadget and Splitalyzer analysis are available here.

Sprint results are available here.

The Classic continues tomorrow with the Long Distance event in the Werakata National Park at Kitchener where the elites will be challenged by an 18km course.

More news to come.....


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 Schedule 2022 - 2026

Event Series

NSW State League

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West Orienteering Series