It's a chance to catch up with friends from interstate (and sometimes overseas), in a lovely relaxed atmosphere... what the Germans call 'gemuetlich'.
This year the dinner is on Sunday April 20 at Rylstone Community Hall, with pre-dinner drinks at 6:30 and dinner served at 7:30. Organise a group to attend and at registration you can book a table for seating. BYO drinks.
The menu will include roast beef, pork and lamb with gravy, mustards, apple sauce, mint sauce. Six dishes of salads and vegetables: savoury rice salad, sun dried tomato pasta, home style coleslaw, Mediterranean salad, roast pumpkin, vegetable medley (5 vegies). Desserts: fruit salad, strawberry cheesecake, apple crumble, lemon meringue pie- all served with fresh cream.
All this for just $30. Children 10 and under pay $15. And it's BYO.
The formal part of proceedings includes presenting the Orienteering Australia annual awards including the Silva medal, coaching award, David Hogg medal for event management, athlete of the year, services to orienteering award and the champion club of the year.
You must pay by April 12 for the dinner on “Eventor” under services. Tickets for the dinner will be issued at registration to those who have paid.
And don't forget... entries for the Easter carnival close March 14. Late entries (attracting higher fees) close March 21.
Several long-serving Board members are stepping down next month after helping drive our sport to new heights in participation, publicity and memberships (both individual and club).
If you have the time and interest to contribute to the running of orienteering, please consider nominating for a Board position.
Meetings are normally held once per month in Sydney but the format is flexible and may include evening or daytime meetings and remote access such as Skype.
The ONSW Annual General Meeting will be held in Armidale on Saturday evening, March 15. At that
At that meeting the current President, Paul Prudhoe, will be retiring and a number of other Board positions will become vacant. These include Finance Director (Robert Spry), Communications Director (Maurice Anker), Promotions Director (Barbara Hill) and Special Projects Director (Kev Curby).
Nominations can be made from the floor at the AGM but if you are not going to Armidale, please express your interest to either Paul Prudhoe in the ONSW office, or by email to email@example.com. We would be happy to answer any questions concerning the positions.
It was a great weekend for the Dawsons and Matt Parton as the NSW Stingers kicked off their National Orienteering League campaign in style in Brisbane.
Dual JWOC rep Michele Dawson (Garingal, left) took out the junior women's sprint final on Sunday by more than a minute from visiting Swede Annika Carlberg, and was 3m20s clear of her nearest Australian rival - Jacqui Doyle from the ACT.
Michele's JWOC team-mate Nicola Blatchford (Newcastle) was 4th and Alinta Merrotsy (Northern Tablelands) 6th, underscoring our depth in this division.
In the men's senior ranks, Matt (Goldseekers, pictured right) led by 1 second at the 5th and 6th controls but could not contain Simon Uppill, and finished runner-up by 34 seconds. Andrew Brown (Big Foot) and Josh Blatchford (Newcastle) were 8th and 9th. Matt and Josh were 6th in the relay, while Andrew and Andrew Hill were 7th.
Aidan Dawson has dominated the Sydney Sprint Series and carried that form into the NOL with a fourth placing in Saturday's teams relay with fellow school student Daniel Hill (Garingal), and a highly creditable third placing in the junior men's final behind the dominant McNulty brothers from WA. Daniel was 6th and Toby Wilson (Garingal) 9th.
The top ten runners from Saturday afternoon's qualifying race made the A final, and the rest ran in B finals. Lisa Grant (Garingal) was third in the senior women's B final in an encouraging double after partnering Barbara Hill (Garingal) to 5th in the relay, the best placing by NSW women.
ONSW is seeking new Junior Squad Catering Co-ordinators for 2014.
Maggie Jones and Barbara Dawson have decided to step down after 3 very successful years raising funds to subsidise the cost to families of attending squad camps and the annual national schools championships (which this year are in WA).
As Maggie and Barbara can confirm, squad families can be counted on to provide donations to the catering stall, which operates at each State League event.
The catering co-ordinators:
- liaise as needed with event organiser(s)
- plan and deliver the catering for the event
- organise additional food/drink donations from the parents (a group email does the trick)
- bring the stall basics to the events (junior squad tent, tables, gas burners if needed, cups, plates, spoons, kettle, water, tea and coffee, milk etc)
- organise a float and do the banking afterwards
The Junior Squad do the majority of the work on the stall on the day. Costs of materials and food provided by the co-ordinators is reimbursed. And there is a major benefit... catering co-ordinators get to park at the assembly area at every event!
ONSW greatly appreciates the support provided by Maggie and Barbara in looking after the catering over the last three years with the junior squad. Without their efforts the cost of attending the Schools Champs and the various squad camps would have been much higher.
If you are interested in taking over please contact Paul Prudhoe.
Parlez vous Francais? Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Hablo espanol?
Do you speak a foreign language, whether fluently or enough to get by conversationally?
Great - would you like to be a liaison person for the Xmas 5-Days in Sydney at the end of the year?
We are expecting many European elites to be in Sydney at that time, en route to the opening round of the World Cup in Tasmania in early January.
While most of them will no doubt have some English language skills, there's nothing like being able to converse in the mother tongue. Your role would simply be to assist them with any enquiries: translating, advice about transport, event locations, weather etc.
If you'd like to be involved, please email us with your name, language spoken and whether you are fluent or conversational.
Gracias, Merci, Vielen Dank, Tack !
Central Coast have finished their Summer Beach Series with a challenging run around Avoca. With 10m contours packed tightly in the southern corner of the map. It was a very different challenge from the previous Sunday at Woy Woy where there had hardly been a contour line in sight.
Shane Trotter (NC), who also won at Woy Woy, showed he could tackle hills as well with the best score of 520 (out of max 600), just shading Steven Roberts (510) and leading lady Kirsten Ambler (500). Series tallies are on the CC website.
A big thank you to all those who travelled from Newcastle, Sydney and even more distant places for helping to make the series a success this summer.
Newcastle have two events left in their Summer Street Series before they have a month of line courses in a Park Tour heading into the winter bush season.
Waggaroos are back in action after their first event post-Christmas was called off due to the extreme heat.
Jonathan Holland excelled at the uni campus, finding most of the 36 answers and amassing an excellent 305 out of a possible 360 points. Briohny Seaman was not far behind scoring 285 points despite her pregnancy and finishing 5 minutes under time. Pauline Moore pipped Catherine Holland for third. TRAC student Kade Mavroudis is gaining more experience with every event and did well to finish sixth.
The NSW orienteering community wishes Admin Officer Anthony Darr all the best as he prepares for a new life in Hobart.
Anthony's wife Kylie works for the Uni of Tasmania and has accepted a two-year secondment to return to the Apple Isle.
Having taken up the Admin Officer position in November 2010, Anthony has been the go-to person for most matters concerning ONSW's organisation especially over the last 12 months with the implementation of the Eventor events calendar and pre-entry system, and more recently with the switch to the Eventor membership module. Over the years most event organisers will have had cause to thank Anthony for assisting them in obtaining the growing list of items (SPORTident units, computers and related equipment etc etc), which as many will know is not easy to keep track of.
"As ONSW President I would also like to personally thank Anthony for his support and for the input he provided," said Paul Prudhoe.
Anthony, a member of Big Foot, took up orienteering in Newcastle many years ago and recently returned to action in the Sydney Summer Series and sprints after considerable time in MTBO.
In late 2010 he took over as Admin Officer upon the retirement of life member Dave Lotty (who previously held the role for 38 years) and has led the ONSW 'shopfront' through a time of great change and tremendous growth in all aspects of the operation.
Anthony finishes up this Wednesday (Feb 5). We wish him and Kylie a happy time in Tasmania.
ONSW is proud to announce an 18% increase in participation at events in 2013, taking our total annual participations above 20,000!
And when we add in participations at schools (including the rapidly expanding Active After Schools Communities program) the total is nudging 30,000.
Major events in NSW in 2014 are the Easter carnival at Clandulla (expected to attract 800+ each day for four days), the Anzac weekend in Lithgow (for the NSW sprint and long distance championships), the QBIII June long weekend carnival in Dubbo, and the Xmas 5-days in Sydney when we hope to see many European elites en route to Tasmania for the first round of the 2015 World Cup in early January.
The annual women's training camp is on the weekend of March 8-9, with plenty to learn for orienteers of all abilities.
Coach Nick Dent has been preparing plenty of exercises to cater for both novice and experienced orienteers. And, well it goes without saying... it's good company!
Garingal's Elaine Murdoch, now competing on moderate courses, commented: "I attended 2 years ago when I was not very experienced. The map reading information I picked up was a real boost to my confidence and the level of orienteering I could attempt. Sessions had theory backed up with practical exercises. It was also great fun and I met many women from other clubs."
Jai di Tommaso, ONSW rookie of the year for 2013, added: "You got a lot of confidence being in that group. It was a very positive environment."
"A lot of the women in orienteering spend a lot of their time in a supporting role, taking the kids there and back, shadowing them around etc. This allows them to advance their own skills among a fantastic support network, and to develop broader contacts among female orienteers.
"The coaches were awesome and it was lovely to be in the forest."
Tania Kennedy said: "I've been to 2 women's training weekends and have learned heaps both times. It's great to practise skills in a non-competitive situation as well as learn new techniques. I also made new friends."
Our long-awaited Saturday Disney shoot took place at Centennial Park last Friday, and what budding TV stars Duncan Currie (GO) and Georgia Jones (UR) turned out to be!
Working from a very light-hearted script, the two ONSW junior representatives acted out their roles as expert coaches with great humour and precision as presenters Candice and Teigan fumbled their way around the sandstone ridge area in the north of the park.
Duncan and Georgia also got a taste of how time-consuming the film industry can be: takes and retakes, different camera angles, airplane noise disruptions, variable light... and dogs on their morning walk constantly interrupting the filming.
The eight-minute segment took the Disney crew all day to shoot, plus editing time back in the studios. Duncan and Georgia were done in a bit under three hours. It will air in the coming weeks and we will let you know the date as soon as possible.
More photos of the shoot can be seen on our Facebook page.
Central Coast Orienteers advise that entries are now open for their annual O'Shea 2-days weekend on February 22-23.
Highlights of this annual fun pairs event are the invitation to dress wackily, and the prizes: cakes adorned with spearmint leaf lollies!
The O'Shea 2-Days also signals the start of the transition from summer street orienteering to bush.
1. Saturday afternoon is a Pairs Relay at Kariong with a long and a short leg.
2. Saturday night at Shelly Beach is a Line Course for both or one of the pairs (best time to count) and,
3. Sunday morning also at Shelly Beach there is a Score Event.
Entries close February 18. See Eventor for details.
The second half of our inaugural Saturday Orienteering Series for school students gets underway this weekend.
The 2014 Term 1 events, which will run from February 8 to April 5, give students (Year 5 and up) of all abilities and fitness levels a safe and confident introduction to our sport in mainly traffic-free locations.
Primary schoolers may go on their own or in pairs, and parents are welcome to shadow them around the course. They have 45 minutes to get to as many controls (checkpoints) as they can, in any order.
High schoolers go on their own, setting off at 30-second intervals on a traditional line course (visiting the controls in a set order).
Discounts apply for students who pre-enter. For enquiries about the series, please contact Barbara Hill (firstname.lastname@example.org; 0418 270 476).
The Australia Day long weekend offers plenty of orienteering opportunities right around NSW.
On Saturday evening SHOO unveil their updated Picton Gardens map. Their Summer Sats offer a 30-minute score course or a short line course.
A little further and interstate, the Sprint Canberra carnival runs from today until Monday morning.
NSW State League 1 & 2 March 15-16
Entries are now open for NSW State League events 1 & 2 to be hosted by Northern Tablelands on two excellent granite maps at Banalasta and Mount Brown respectively. If you have competed on these maps before, this your chance to make amends for past mistakes; if not you are in for a treat as both maps offer complex granite terrain with open forest providing fast running. It is also a chance to hone your skills in preparation for Easter. Both maps have been recently updated with small extensions added to provide top quality orienteering.
Entries through Eventor close on Monday February 24. See the club web site for more details.
Space Racing, our venture especially for kids aged 8-14, has blasted off in Orange.
Goldseekers, our club of the year, hosted around 20 kids at the Showground on a new map ideal for such outings.
Their next two events are on Saturdays Jan 18 and 25, and with families returning from summer vacation we anticipate numbers will climb as they did last year.
In Sydney, our two holiday events are looming fast.
This Thursday (Jan 16) we are at Curl Curl Lagoon again, exploring the playing fields and creekside haunts of John Fisher Park in an entirely flat and off-road environment.
And on Friday Jan 24 we return to Centennial Park - hoping it's not 46 degrees like last year !
As always, any club members who can assist at Space Racing are greatly appreciated - whether it's coaching, shadowing kids around the course, handling rego or putting out and collecting controls.
Please advise Ian Jessup if you can help out on either day.