Coming Events

Sat 20 Apr 9:00 am
Forest Orienteering and Navigation Skills Day
Smiths Creek Reserve, Campbelltown (meet at Waminda Reserve, Macquarie Av, Campbelltown.

Sun 21 Apr 9:30 am
NOY2 - Redgum Ridges (Freemans Waterhole)
 Redgum Ridges. 1:10 000. 5m contours.

Sun 21 Apr 11:00 am
Broken Bago Orienteering
Scout Hall, Tallwood Avenue, Wauchope.
Mon 22 Apr 7:30 pm
Orienteering Australia 2024 AGM
Online via Zoom.
Tue 23 Apr 7:30 pm
Orienteering NSW April Board Meeting

Wed 24 Apr 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #1 Northbridge
corner of Sailors Bay Road and Kameruka Road (Bonds Corner), Northbridge

Sun 28 Apr 9:30 am
Newcastle Pairs Relay Champs & Minor Event
The Range (South) 1:7500, Killingworth
Sun 28 Apr 10:00 am
Waggaroos - AWOC Interclub #1, 9 Mile Reserve

Wed 1 May 6:30 pm
Newcastle Night Champs - Eleebana
Thomas H Halton Park. Revised by D. Orr 2024. 1:4000, 2 metre contours and 1:1000, 2 metre contours.
, Thomas H Halton Park, Eleebana
Sat 4 May 9:30 am
SOS Northside

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.

Learn to Navigate - new course in the Southern Highlands in March

With all coaching and events within easy travelling distance of Camden this training course is designed for anyone wanting to improve their navigation skills, whether orienteering, adventure racing or just getting from place to place without a SatNav!

The course offers three Saturday coaching sessions on 10th and 24th March and 14th April, along with three key club events (Sunday 18th March, 1st and 22nd April)  the coaching team have nominated where they will be on hand to mentor participants through their first bush events of the season.  All this for $30!  More details?  Read the flyer here.


Western Plains invites racers to 'boldly go'

The second of the five Space Race missions set by Western Plains was manned by enthusiastic crews last Saturday.

Team Pleione (Samantha Wallace and Shannon Finch) came home first for the second week in a row. Team Electra (Kate Hagan and Samantha Smart) were second and Team Atlas (Robert Barwick and Jingming Chow) took third place.  After the Space Race, adults were encouraged to try a little Star Trekking of their own. Nineteen sprinters (including some enthusiastic space cadets) were given a map and a different mission to finish as soon as possible. Robert Barwick rocketed home first (12:02), closely followed by Kerrie Mitchell (12:15) and Dale Wallace (12:32) took third place.

The next Space Race will take place at 8.30am (followed by the Star Trek at 9.30am) on the 3rd March at the Dubbo Christian School, Sheraton Road.


Police help Summer Series runner to world record time

Shady spots at the latest Summer Series included one which was being staked out by police.  Phil Harding, picking up controls at the end of the event came across a late model Mercedes which suddenly burst open and had men jumping out of the car and into the nearby bush, swiftly followed by the arrival of an unmarked police car full of gun toting constables who dashed after them.  Says Phil 'in a short space of time, there were police everywhere.'

Being told that there were police dogs on the way as well, Phil picked up the controls as quickly as he could so he could 'move along' before the whole area was shut down. Late runner Richard Green came across Phil with his pots in hand, having come up short at the actual sites, so took advantage of the opportunity to bag the controls.  With a quick one, two, 40 points were scored in what must be the fastest split between controls ever managed at a Summer Series.

Many thanks to Phil Harding, Ross Barr, Terry Bluett and The Manly Daily for the facts underpinning this world record event.


The O'Shea - having your cake and eating it too

Twenty three teams competed for the traditional O'Shea pinetree cakes this weekend.  There were new faces, some drawn in from the recent successful Central Coast Summer Series, well known faces who make this an annual family event, and some faces from as far away as Queensland.

The format this year 'deepened our experience with SI' said organiser Colin Price. The pairs relay on Saturday had both members of the team running two legs each, a running time of about 60 minutes in total for each competitor. This was followed by the night event where the fastest time of the team scored, meaning that both members of the teams had an incentive to run. Planners have helped to expand the appeal of this night event by making it shorter, simpler and predominantly on street maps.  Sunday's score event tested the planning skill of the competitors; a single score course had to be divided between the two team members who then had to come in through the finish together.

Overall champions were Alex Massey and Damien Welbourne (Long Pair) and Gordon Wilson and Jai Di Tommaso (Short Pair).  Full results can be found here.


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