Coming Events

Fri 3 Dec 6:00 pm
Bennelong Northside 50th Anniversary Dinner & Celebration (by invitation) for Past (BOO & NOSH) & Past/Present (BNO) Members - Deadline Extended till 24/11/21 only

Fri 3 Dec 6:00 pm
Orange Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens, Hill St.

Sun 5 Dec 8:30 am
NOY 8 - Kitchener

Sun 5 Dec 9:00 am
Central Coast Summer Series 4 - Narara/Niagara Park
Gavenlock Oval, Narara.

Sun 5 Dec 9:30 am
West Sydney Orienteering Series 2021-2022 #1 - Darling Mills
Darling Mills, Grass clearing, 5min walk from NE end of Mill Dr, North Rocks

Sun 5 Dec 9:30 am
2021 WHO Cup & AGM
Darling Mills, Grass clearing, 5min walk from NE end of Mill Dr, Baulkham Hills

Sun 5 Dec 11:00 am
Wayne Richards Park Summer Sprint Series #1
Port Macquarie.

Sun 5 Dec 4:00 pm
River and Bay Series #4
Two Valleys (new). This is a variant of the "The Warren" map which Dave Lotty has recently extended to the east along Cooks River while retaining all the interesting parkland and bush areas of the old map., Gough Whitlam Park, Bayview Avenue, Earlwood -

Wed 8 Dec 4:30 pm
2021/22 Sydney Summer Series #4 Fox Valley
Fox Valley, George Christie Playing Field
Wed 8 Dec 5:00 pm
Newcastle SSS2 - Broadmeadow

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.

MTBO all set to restart

Newcastle resumes formal mountain bike orienteering events on Sunday (Nov 28) with the Hunter Valley Champs at Killingworth South.

This will double as the first event of the BOSS (Bike Orienteering Summer Series). Details are here.

Further dates in the BOSS can be found on our MTBO web page.

In the meantime, Newcastle has launched two MTBO courses that can be done using the free MapRun app - at Jesmond Park (Newcastle LGA) and Myall Road (Lake Macquarie LGA).

Both maps have riding areas with a mix of bushland, parks and urban cycleways. Details are here.


Pagodas stun at 2021 NSW Champs

Stunning rock pagodas were the feature of the NSW Championships near Lithgow at the weekend as our State League season restarted (and finished).

Around 300 competitors from four states enjoyed cool conditions with less rain than forecast.

Former JWOC rep Melissa Thomas (Bennelong) wound back the clock to win W21A on both days, ahead of SA-Big Foot junior star Emily Sorensen who was running up an age class.

In M21A it was a Victorian trifecta on both days, with Patrick Jaffe and 2019 junior world sprint champ Aston Key sharing the spoils, and Brodie Nankervis in third place each time. The trio are ranked Australia's top three male orienteers.

For the Long at Long Swamp on Sunday, the very recent high rainfall and the significant regrowth since the fires (and limited access to the area during lockdown) meant some hasty replanning over the 10 days leading into the weekend.

This resulted in some compromises to ensure a safe swamp crossing and to avoid too much of the dark green stuff, while using as much of the rock as possible.

A big thank you to our hosts Central Coast and Uringa whose preparations were hampered by the long lockdown but still put on a superb weekend.

Twelve of the 14 NSW clubs had wins over the weekend. All the results and links are on our State League page.

All participants are asked to please fill out the very brief Course Setter of the Year surveys here.

The 2022 State League starts on March 19-20 with the NSW Sprint Champs on the Central Coast and a Long distance event in Newcastle. Stay tuned for full details.


Calling all Bennelong members past and present

Australia's first orienteering club, Bennelong Northside Orienteers, is having a 50th birthday celebration dinner on Fri Dec 3.
The club has tracked down many past members and sent invitations to the dinner. However, if you have ever been a member of:
* Bennelong Northside
* Bennelong Occasional Orienteers (pre-1988)
* Northside Orienteers & Social Harriers (pre-1988)
and have not received an invitation please let the event organisers know as soon as possible by contacting either:
Katherine Cameron (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Linda Mandin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Past and present members can buy tickets to the dinner here. Bookings close on Wednesday!

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