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.

Important - State League 1 & 2 postponed

Entrants to the first State Leagues of the 2012 season received an email from Big Foot organisers last weekend which read: 'After a site visit this weekend, Big Foot have reluctantly had to postpone State League 1 & 2. Access to the area by 2WD is impractical, and it looks as though this will remain the case for several weeks.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this will no doubt cause.

We will attempt to reschedule the event and will be in touch as soon we have a date. This may take a while, since we have to negotiate with a few land owners, consult the relevant orienteering calendars and sacrifice something to the weather gods.'

Big Foot plan to retain entry fees pending the setting of a replacement date for the events.



Orienteering NSW launches new website

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Orienteering NSW launched its new website today and the team at Orienteering NSW are delighted with it.  'It will be much easier to maintain and update, helping us use our time to get the message out to orienteers across the State rather than struggling with infrastructure,' said ONSW Communications officer Maggie Jones.  ONSW Promotions Director Barbara Hill agrees.  'The old website was designed in a different era when we did not have a team dedicated to the promotion of the sport in quite the same way.  The new website brings new functionality, is much easier to use and we hope will be more stable as we continue to grow as a community.'

Users of the website are reminded to update any bookmarks they may be using.


First bush event of the season!

SHOO held their club event on Sunday at Lake Alexandra, Mittagong.  It was the first event after their initial training session for some of the people who are on the new SHOO coaching course and they were keen to have a go at a real event.  Uringa came with their  exercises on 'Control Flow and Exit Direction' and SHOO joined in to make for a lively pre-event training session.

It is best to adopt the mantra 'Never underestimate a SHOO club event' and course setter Neville Fathers made sure that the Hard course was testing, and a great warm up for the bush season ahead.  Ian Jones (Uringa) was on fine form, whistling around in 35:10, well ahead of the next competitor Stephen Wagner (SHOO) some eight minutes behind.  SHOO runners John Russell, Val Hodsdon and Corinne Fulford had a good run coming in under 60 minutes.  Corinne, who won the SHOO Summer Saturday Series, was mentored around the course by Michael Davis, a great way to develop her orienteering skills as she progresses on bush courses.

SHOO's next bush event is at Appin on April 22.


Minigaine Madness pulls in the crowds

The Minigaine Madness, a joint event between ONSW (as part of the Summer Series) and NSW Rogaining Association, was a huge success pulling in 130 teams and well over 100 individuals to race in the event at Lindfield this weekend.  Using a combination of Bennelong Northside's Lane Cove map and Big Foot's Blue Gum Creek map, competitors had 3000 points to chase down in three hours.  Gill Fowler and Stephen Ryan were the only team who managed the perfect score, but Glen Horrocks, Mark Schafer, Tim Austin and Richard Green, running as individuals, all gathered in full points.  Perhaps this proves that sometimes two heads are not better than one when it comes to rogaining or maybe the issue was with teams having four tired legs rather than two.  Certainly there were plenty of hills on offer and quite a bit of mud too as the course took full advantage of the extensive bush in the area.

Winning teams in the various categories on offer were:

  • Open - Gill Fowler, Stephen Ryan (also won the Mixed category)
  • Men - Chad Armstrong, Ryan Armstrong
  • Veteran and Super Vets - Neil Hawthorne, James Lithgow, Warwick Selby
  • Family - Barbara and Matthew Hill
  • Women - Lisa Grant, Claire Winnick
  • Novice - Ben Gardem, Dale Jackson
  • Under 23 - Alexander Watt, Tristan White, Samuel Wicks
  • Legends - Bryony Cox, Timothy Cox

Provisional results can be found here


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