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Thu 9 Feb 5:00 pm
Bruce Browning Oval
Taylor St (north)

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Fri 10 Feb 9:30 am
NSW Seniors Festival: Balmain
Birrung Park, Balmain.

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Fri 10 Feb 6:00 pm
Goldseekers Summer Series #2
Cook Park

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Sat 11 Feb 9:00 am
SHOO's Summer Saturdays #5 - Liquidamber Reserve, Narellan Vale
Sat 11 Feb 9:00 am
SOS Term 1 Pass (Explorer Pass)

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Sat 11 Feb 9:30 am
Saturday Orienteering Series 3D - Frenchs Forest
Mimosa Public School, Frenchs Forest (courses also extend into Davidson High School)

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Sun 12 Feb 9:00 am
Central Coast Summer Series 11 - Erina
Erina Oval, Ilya Ave, Erina.

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Sun 12 Feb 10:00 am
Illawarra Map Running #2 - Fairy Meadow
Guest Park, Cambridge Avenue, Fairymeadow

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Wed 15 Feb 4:30 pm
2022/23 Sydney Summer Series #20 Belrose
County Road Field, Belrose.
Wed 15 Feb 5:00 pm
Newcastle Summer Street Series - #17 Elermore Vale
Elermore Vale

Controllers

What is a Controller?

Controllers are the key to ensuring orienteering events are safe, high-quality and fun.

They check the design of courses, control locations, mapping; and are responsible for overseeing the organisation of events, in particular ONSW’s safety requirements.

The role can seem 'dry' but it is also very rewarding. You get to oversee people enjoying well-set courses in great areas, you contribute to your club, and you learn more about the sport.

"I find that controlling a bush event improves my orienteering in the weeks and months afterwards," says one of our Level 3 controllers.

The role of the controller includes the following tasks:

• Checking initial plans with the organiser (access, car parking, map, courses) and the course setter (timetable, land restrictions, start and finish).

• Ensuring an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out.

• Checking the 'armchair-planned' courses, being able to identify courses which infringe the rules or are of poor quality.

• Going to the area and checking that control sites and the mapping are fair for competitors.

• Checking final paperwork (final courses; course lengths and climbs; map corrections; control code allocations; course description sheets; overprinted maps).

• Checking arrangements with the organiser (car parking, including back-up for bad weather; safety; cancellation procedures; time keeping and back-up; sufficient officials, communications).

• Ensuring there is a process to check that electronic punching is working.

• Checking controls and punching on the day of the event.

• Using diplomacy to deal with any issues that arise.

Accredited Controllers are required to oversee all Major Events in NSW.

For minor events, where more than 100 competitors are expected to compete, ONSW recommends a controller be appointed, although the controller need not be an accredited controller. The Controller works with the Course Setter and Event Organiser to ensure that the event is of a high standard and that event technical requirements are met.

There are three levels of accreditation which are affiliated with the Australian Sports Commission’s National Officials Accreditation Scheme. Orienteering NSW and Orienteering Australia conduct courses from time to time for members wishing to gain accreditation.

Please let the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you are interested in attending.

Further information on event controlling is available on the OA Controllers page.

Current controllers seeking re-accreditation must spend a minimum number of hours over a four-year period. See here for details.

Controller’s checklist

Controller's checklist (Word version for copy & paste)

Controller's checklist (PDF version for printing)

Controllers are responsible for risk management – some sample risk management plans are linked from the Event Organisers Documents web page.

Suggestions on improving the checklist, accreditation and other matters relating to controlling should be directed to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Major Events

 Schedule 2022 - 2026

Event Series

NSW State League

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