Coming Events

Fri 1 Oct 8:00 am
Newcastle October-November Street Events
Sun 3 Oct 10:00 am
Waggaroos Local

Wed 6 Oct 6:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 1 Jesmond Park

Wed 6 Oct 7:00 am
Newcastle Map Ride Event 2 Myall Road

Sun 10 Oct 10:00 am
NTOC - Kooringle
Bundarra Road, west of Armidale
Sat 16 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 1

Sun 17 Oct 10:00 am
Interclub #6 - Waggaroos (New Date)
Sat 23 Oct 9:30 am
SOS Term 4 Event 2

Sat 23 Oct 11:30 am
NSW State League #8 (New date)
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

Sun 24 Oct 9:30 am
NSW State League #9 (New Date)
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.

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.

2021 QB III entries open

Newcastle have opened entries for this year's QB III carnival on the June long weekend.

Each of the three maps has only been used once, and two of them have new extensions.

These are events 5-6-7 in our State League and the final selection trial for the NSW schools team.

All the info you need is in the flyer.

There will be limited enter-on-day. Entries close Tuesday June 1.


New pocket added to Manly Dam map

A big thanks to Bennelong Northside who continue to find ways to make great use of their huge Manly Dam map.

Setter Rachael Povah and controller Terry Bluett reprised last year's new McComb Hill section for Sunday's MetrO League round 3 but added a new pocket in the far south-east corner.

It seems the local kids have been adding a few bike tracks in that part, which gave everyone the option of path or bush bash in what is a steep part of the map. It allowed the rookie course to remain close to the assembly area of the totally rebuilt Manly Vale Public School

And we noted several newcomers in Division 6 (it's on the Easy side of Moderate standard): Khalil Assaf and Sara Jaffer from Illawarra Kareelah along with Nicole Gallahar from Garingal. They shared the spoils in a 27-27 draw. Well done on completing your first Metro courses.

Unbeaten teams after three rounds are Big Foot (Divn 1), SHOO-IKO (Divn 2), SHOO (Divn 3), Bennelong (Divn 4), Garingal (Divn 5 and 6).

A bumper turnout of 189 starters enjoyed a sunny morning as part of World Orienteering Day - in stark contrast to last year's deluge. Thanks to Ellis Leung for the wildflower photos.

All the results and splits are on the ML web page - along with a link to Livelox. Please upload your routes there.

Round 4 is at Eric Mobbs Reserve in Castle Hill on Sunday June 20, hosted by WHO.


Half-century for Paul Prudhoe

Recently retired Orienteering Australia Executive Officer Paul Prudhoe celebrated 50 years in the sport at the recent NOL round on the NSW South Coast.

Paul started orienteering in high school in the UK in 1971, and has been actively involved in the planning, controlling and the organisation of events as a member of 11 clubs - Central Coast being the latest - over the years.

He moved to Australia in 1987, joined a local club and continued his passion for the sport. (In this photo from Broulee he's passing on his wisdom to grandson William.)

Paul was first elected to the Orienteering NSW Board in 2003, then president from 2008-2014. In 2015 he became ONSW Executive Officer in NSW and in 2017 he moved to take on the same role nationally.

Over the years, Paul has been involved in numerous major events in Australia – including helping with JWOC, World Masters and several Australian championships and NSW championships. 

He is one of only three Level 3 Controllers in NSW, meaning he can organise world ranking events and is an International Orienteering Federation Event Advisor. 

Paul was awarded the NSW President’s Award in 2015 for his outstanding contribution to the furtherance of orienteering in the state.

Congratulations Paul!


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