Coming Events

Sun 3 Jul 8:00 am
2022 Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot
George Bell Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill

Sun 3 Jul 9:30 am
“The Range” (Killingworth) - “Contours & Compass” training event
“The Range” (Killingworth)

Sun 3 Jul 10:00 am
Interclub #5 - Albury-Wodonga
Sun 3 Jul 10:00 am
2022 Bush Series #5 Orange Botanic Gardens
Orange Botanic Gardens, Hill Street, Orange

Wed 6 Jul 1:00 pm
Orienteering NSW Junior Training Camp
Bonny Hills, Port Macquarie.

Sat 9 Jul 1:00 pm
2022 NSW State League #10
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

Sun 10 Jul 9:30 am
2022 NSW State League #11
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.
Wed 13 Jul 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #3
Shrimptons Creek

Sun 17 Jul 9:30 am
Leichhardt ultrasprint
Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton Street, Leichhardt
Sun 17 Jul 9:30 am
Newcastle Bush 2022 OY #5
Red Gum Ridges.

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.

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.


Arpad Kocsik appointed OA GM

Congratulations to Garingal member Arpad Kocsik who has been appointed general manager of Orienteering Australia.

Arpad comes from Hungary with strong ties to orienteering as an active competitor, event organiser, club secretary and has worked closely with the Hungarian federation until three years ago as Marketing and Communications officer promoting our sport in all of its variations.

You might have noticed him in action as commentator at several major events in NSW such as last year’s NSW Championships. He has been a Level 0 coach with ONSW teaching the basics and tricks of orienteering to students throughout Sydney for the past two years and is eager to jump into the GM’s seat.

Árpád joins OA with fresh enthusiasm and a rare combination of skills that derive from a legal background and a lifelong attachment to orienteering. 

“In these hard and trying times in so many aspects of our lives and around the globe, I join the team with excitement, hoping to provide the necessary know-how and help take orienteering “Down Under” to new horizons and making it stronger. Thank you all for the warm welcome. It is great to be here,” says Árpád about his appointment.


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