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.

NSW elites star at MSW 2022

NSW elites were very successful at Melbourne Sprint Weekend, with two first places overall and two second placings.

Big Foot siblings Ewan and Nea Shingler won M20E and W20E respectively. Ewan took out all 4 individual events and would have finished third overall if competing in M21E!

(Nea also won the knockout on the last day but a bug in Eventor showed her as a mispunch in the qualifying race.)  

Bush n Beach's Sam Woolford tied for second in M20E, and combined with Ewan and Oskar Mella (Newcastle, pictured) to win the Junior Men's relay as NSW went 1-2 in the team event.  

Alastair George (BF) had a best race placing of third in M21E but finished second overall in a reward to his consistency. With 2022 a Sprint World Championship year, this performance augurs well for Alastair's chances for making his WOC debut in Denmark. 

Erika Enderby (NC) was sitting third overall after day two but missed the knockouts because she had to get back to school on Monday.

In the public sections, Paula Shingler (BF) won W50, Hilary Wood (Central Coast) won W60 and Julia Prudhoe (CC) was third, Ross Barr (Garingal) won M70 and Warwick Selby (GO) was third, Tony Woolford (B) was third in M40, Shane Doyle (Uringa) was third in M50, and Thomas Whitehead (NC) was second MOpen.

You can see the weekend standings here and great photo albums linked via the Orienteering Australia Facebook page.

Thanks to Orienteering Victoria for a great weekend, and stay tuned for something similar in Sydney next year.


Another SSS called off

Wednesday's Sydney Summer Series event at Lindfield is off. All council bush tracks are closed and this event was to have half the controls in bushland.
While the forecast for tomorrow is much better, using those tracks would damage them even further.
Not to mention the danger in navigating steep tracks and crossing watercourses that may well be still full from three weeks of run-off.
Safety of our organisers and participants is paramount, as is being good environmental citizens.
With the season almost done, there is no time to reschedule, so this event will be held next summer.
We thank setter Gill Fowler and Big Foot for their work in preparing this event and look forward to a dry run in season 32.

40th O'Shea keeps it in the family

It was perhaps a fitting result that Central Coast's 40th anniversary O'Shea weekend was won by the event founder's daughter and grand-daughter.

In yet another lovely example of the family nature of orienteering, Jenny and Erika Enderby (Newcastle) won the Long Pairs section by four minutes across the three events held on Saturday afternoon and night and Sunday morning.

The event was started in 1983 by Jenny's parents Frank and Ethel Anderson, who were on hand on Sunday to present the perpetual trophies and the traditional keepsakes of fruit cakes adorned with spearmint leaf lollies.

Their time of 173m30s was enough to keep at bay clubmates Bjorn Mella (our NSW junior squad coach) and son Oskar. Garingal couple Toni Bachvarova and Andrew Smith were third, a further 20 minutes back.

The Short Pairs was taken out by newly appointed Orienteering Australia General Manager Arpad Kocsik and daughter Eszter in just under two hours. 

They had a comfortable half-hour gap over fellow Hungarians and Garingal clubmates Nikolett Halmai and Istvan Kertsez, making a special visit from Cairns in the middle of their 18-month odyssey around Australia.

Robert Preston (NC) and David McGhee (Bennelong) were third.

The first and third events were on the Yambo map at a waterlogged Olney State Forest, yet somehow it didn't rain during any of the three runs!

You can see the final results here.

A massive thank you to Nick Dent, Hilary Wood and all the CC helpers for putting on a successful weekend in such trying conditions.


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