Coming Events

Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Newcastle 3 - Broadmeadow (World Maze Race event)
Hunter School of the Performing Arts (109 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow NSW)

Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Northside - West Pymble (World Maze Race event)
Bicentennial Park, West Pymble (Prince Of Wales Dr, West Pymble NSW 2073). Meet in the centre of the park by the playground.

Sat 28 May 9:30 am
SOS Hills District 3 - Rouse Hill (World Maze Race event)
Rouse Hill Public School (Clower Ave, Rouse Hill NSW)

Sun 29 May 9:30 am
Central Coast Winter - Bateau Bay
EDSAAC Bateau Bay
Sun 29 May 9:30 am
2022 NOY3 - Pelaw Main
Mining Mystery 1:7500, Pelaw Main

Sun 29 May 10:30 am
Highlands Forest Series #2
"Penrose State Forest", 1:10,000, minor updates 2022, Penrose State Forest, Kingsbury VC Rest Area on the Hume Motorway, 2km south of the Sutton Forest (Shell) Service area.

Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Hill District 4 - Baulkham Hills
Baulkham Hills High School  (419A Windsor Rd, Baulkham Hills, NSW)

Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Newcastle 4 - Lambton
Lambton High School (85 Womboin Rd, Lambton NSW)

Sat 4 Jun 9:30 am
SOS Northside - Pymble (ultra format)
Robert Pymble Park, Pymble (Alma St, Pymble NSW 2073).

Sat 4 Jun 2:00 pm
IKO - Stanwell Park
Stanwell Park (updated May 2022). Scale 1:7,500, contour interval 5m.

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.

Armidale SL entries close on Sunday

Entries close on Sunday (April 3) for our Armidale State League weekend on April 9-10 in stunning granite terrain.

This will be great practice for the national Easter carnival in Kingaroy the following weekend. 

On Saturday the venue is Kooringle, 23 km west of Armidale. The terrain is a mix of open grassland and lightly forested to scrubby, rocky slopes.

On Sunday the venue is Pine Tree, 35 km west of Armidale. Terrain ranges from open farmland to fast running forest with occasional rock outcrops.

You can enter both days here. Full details can be found here.

Enter-on-the day is available on Moderate, Easy and Very Easy courses. There is also a free string course for the enjoyment of younger orienteers.

Please do not attend if you have COVID symptoms, have tested positive in past week or live with someone who has, and maintain social distancing at the check-in and finish.


SSS Season 31 winners crowned

An eventful Sydney Summer Series has wound up for season 31 with a terrific streetscape of the North Sydney area and a presentation dinner attended by 70 people.
Congratulations to our major award winners:
* SSS Cup - Melissa Thomas (Bennelong, pictured)
* Open Women - Melissa Thomas (Bennelong)
* Open Men - Tristan White (Garingal, pictured)
* Course of the Year - tied between Rushcutters Bay (Sue Froude) and St Ives Bungaree (Richard Pattison)
* SSS Special Award - Carol Jacobson (Garingal) for her years of setting, organising, mapping, results processing, mentoring, helper roster compilation and much more.
With the start for our 19th and final event high up in St Leonards Park by North Sydney Oval - arguably the prettiest sportsground in Australia - this meant climb at the end of your run and working out the optimal turnaround point in North Sydney, Milsons Point or Kirribilli. 
New SSS co-ordinators Tristan and Ian would like to say a massive thank you to all the setters, organisers, controllers, mappers, SI teams, map printers, event volunteers, landowners and participants for their great work in continuing to ensure we run the best street/park series in the world.
Despite numerous hiccups (covid, rain, rain, rain, covid, rain) we can sleep well knowing the SSS has delivered again.

NSW retains OA MTBO Plaque

NSW has retained the OA MTBO Plaque after an Australian Championships that will long be remembered for atrocious conditions due to the big wet on the east coast.

Victoria and NSW were neck and neck in the points tally, swapping the lead after each event, but - pending official confirmation - it was the home state that came home strongly in Sunday's Long Distance race at a muddy Neath to win 121-117 overall.

Courses had recovered fairly well from the summer's La Nina drenching... until Wednesday when a further 60-80mm ruined any chance of a dry ride. By that stage all the interstate riders (from WA, Tas, Qld, Vic, ACT) were here and the carnival proceeded.

There was water at least ankle deep on pretty much every single track - and some much larger waterholes, along with lots of mud - at all four venues near Cessnock in the Hunter Valley.

Some riders were on course more than four hours for the Long on Sunday and km rates were way higher than what we would expect in drier times. So congratulations to all the competitors for slogging it out in very draining circumstances.  

NSW riders to win multiple championship events over the weekend were:
* W50 Nicole Haigh (Newcastle), Carolyn Matthews (Newcastle)
* M12 Alon Gudes (Uringa)
* M50 Greg Barbour (Big Foot)
* M60 Rob Prentice (Newcastle)

NSW riders to win one championship event were:
* W12 Harriet Thompson (NC)
* M14 Kai Metcalfe (NC)
* W40 Cassandra Thompson (NC)
* M21 Tim Doman (NC)
* M60 Rob Vincent (NC)

We are indebted to the Newcastle club plus members of Big Foot for a massive effort in miserable weather - at least it wasn't cold!

The next MTBO event is the Victorian championship weekend on May 14-15, then an ACT event on May 22.


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