Coming Events

Wed 17 Aug 9:30 am
Sydney West Primary Orienteering Championships

Wed 17 Aug 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #4
1st Lindfield Scout Hall, Seven Little Australians Park, Slade Avenue, Lindfield.

Sat 20 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Bobbin Head
Bobbin Head

Sat 20 Aug 11:30 am
ACT Middle Distance Championships: ACT League #10, NSW SL #12, Pine Island

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
Goldseekers 2022 Bush #6 - Oaky Creek South
Oaky Creek South, Mullion State Forest.

Sun 21 Aug 10:00 am
ACT Long Distance Championships: ACT League #11, NSW SL #13, Tidbinbilla

Sat 27 Aug 9:30 am
SOS - Lane Cove National Park
Lane Cove National Park – Jenkins Hill Picnic Area (this is by the weir, Cafe and Playground. It is best accessed from the Lady Game Drive, Lindfield)

Sat 27 Aug 10:00 am
NSW Stingers Training Camp

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
Newcastle Bush 2022 OY #7
Sugarloaf North.

Sun 28 Aug 9:30 am
MetrO League 2022 #4 - Wianamatta
Roads to Nowhere. Scale 1:7,500 with 2m contours., Wianamatta Regional Park.

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.

Steep courses at Honeyeater Hideout

State League 2 proved to be a tough introduction to bush orienteering for 2022 with Stephen Craig's courses at Richmond Vale steep and technical.

This is a new map on multiple private properties, the main one owned by Newcastle orienteer Lynda Hewson. Significant climb on most courses - and the shock of being immersed in the forest after hardly any bush o for nine months - meant longer than expected winning times.

(The map was named “Honeyeater Hideout” due to last year's release of 50 of these critically endangered birds into the area by BirdLife Australia. You can read more about this release here. All takings from on-site camping and the “Honeyeater op-shop” have been donated to BirdLife Australia to assist with these types of programs.)

W20A produced some close racing, with just 1m23s between the winner Mikayla Cooper (Tasmania) and third-placed Nea Shingler. There were similar margins in M16A where Nick Stanley (Garingal) continued his rapid improvement.

Among the competitors we noted the Dun family from Hastings Orienteers doing EOD today to help prepare for their SL debut in July. 

All participants are asked to fill out the very brief Course Setter of the Year survey for each day. These provide valuable feedback to the setter and controller, and decide who wins one of our major annual awards.

A big thank you to Stephen, controller Scott Simson, organiser Geoff Peel, Lynda and the landowners, and all the Newcastle helpers.

Results, splits and Livelox links (please upload your routes) are on our State League page. OY point scores can be found here. Our next State League weekend is in Armidale on April 9-10. Entries close Sunday April 3.


Welcome back Ourimbah!

Our 2022 State League began under leaden skies on Saturday afternoon with the NSW Sprint Champs at Ourimbah, our first visit there for a decade.

This satellite campus of Newcastle uni offers a fairly straightforward northern half but a southern section with an intricate path network and lots of garden beds that are out of bounds.

Several competitors lost time in this part where the key was to navigate by the buildings rather than try to pick the optimal path.

The event also heralded our first look at the new multi-level running symbol - used for two creek crossings mid-map.

Wins that stood out were by Justine de Remy (W12A), Nick Stanley (M16A), Marguerite O'Rourke (W45A), and Barbara Hill (W55A) who won by just two seconds over Paula Shingler.

Meanwhile, Matt Bell (Hastings) earned our newest club's first NSW champs placing with a third in M40A.

Well done too to two rookies from our hosts Central Coast - Linda Salway (2nd in W65AS) and Deborah Dickson (3rd in W60A)  

A big thank you to setter Nick Dent, controller Hilary Wood, organiser Colin Price, all the helpers from Central Coast, and the landowners.
A second thanks to Nick for providing immediate post-race analysis on some of the key legs.
Results, splits, Livelox links are on our State League page. 

BOSS winners decided

Newcastle's Bike Orienteering Summer Series (BOSS) wrapped up a rain-affected season at Killingworth on Sunday.

Congratulations to Steve Todkill and Carolyn Matthews for taking out the LineScore category, and Wayne Hawken and Margaret Peel on winning the AllScore class.

Final place-getters were (all Newcastle except where stated):

Male Line Score 1 Steve Todkill, 2 Hamish Mackie (Big Foot), 3 Andrew Haigh
Female Line Score 1 Carolyn Matthews, 2 Nicole Haigh, 3 Sally-Anne Todkill
Male All Score 1 Wayne Hawken, 2 Martin Cousins (Garingal), 3 Ori Gudes (Uringa, pictured)
Female All Score 1 Margaret Peel, 2 Dale Graham, 3 Carol Pearce / Amanda Mackie (BF)
E Bike Male 1 Graham Fowler, 2 Tim Hackney, 3 Bruce Graham
E Bike Female 1 Andrea Hackney

You can view the final points tallies here.

A big thanks to all the setters, controllers, helpers and participants.


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