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Helpers needed for regional schools champs

Orienteering Association of NSW - Thu, 10/04/2014 - 6:53am
Our regional schools championships and gala days start early next term and ONSW is conducting a record 11 events in 2014.   These days are greatly looked forward to by students and parents alike, but require many volunteers - so it's time to put the call out to our troops for assistance.   Helpers are needed in the following roles: parking, course marshals, start & finish, coaching, scoring.   Please contact your club - or the person nominated below - if you can spare a few hours to help continue the success of these schools champs.   Events in the Sydney area which will need a lot of support due to increasing numbers of enthusiastic students are;   Fri May 9 - Centennial Park. Contact Barbara Hill on   Wed Jun 4 - Sydney West. Contact Lyn Malmgron on   Wed Jun 18 - Sydney South West Secondary. Contact Lyn Malmgron on   Wed Jun 25 - Sydney South West Primary. Contact Lyn Malmgron on   Mon Jul 28 - Sydney North. Contact Barbara Hill on   Events in regional NSW are:   Mon May 19 - Riverina. Contact John Oliver on   Wed May 21 - South Coast. Contact Kev Curby on   Wed Jun 18 - Orange (NEW!). Contact Jean Baldwin on   Tue Jun 24 - Hunter. Contact Geoff Todkill on   early Nov - Armidale. Contact Maurice Anker on
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Easter workshops open to all

Orienteering Association of NSW - Mon, 07/04/2014 - 3:31am

As part of the annual Easter carnival, Orienteering Australia has scheduled 3 informative talks open to all members of the O community.

These will take place at 2pm on the Saturday (April 19) at Kandos High School. The talks will go for 10 minutes each.

The topics are: sport and pregnancy (physiotherapist Cathy Hogg), hydration (JWOC coach and former world champ Hanny Allston, pictured), and concentration (psychologist Jason McCrae). 

Immediately following the talks, OA will hold its annual committee meetings at the school. See the schedule if you wish to sit in on any of the sessions.

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Karin Hefftner retains SSS Cup

Orienteering Association of NSW - Mon, 31/03/2014 - 2:49am

Garingal's Karin Hefftner has won the Sydney Summer Series Cup for the second straight year - and came within one run of a perfect season.

Karin's tally of 2580 points (out of a possible 2600) included 25 wins from 26 events in the Super Veteran Women's class. Her only 'stumble' was in week 10 at Sugarbag Creek on the steep Big Foot map of Lindfield/Roseville.

Even more meritorious is that Karin regularly finishes in the top quartile of all runners each week! Final Cup tallies are on the SSS website.

Our 23rd SSS season wrapped up at Macquarie Uni under leaden skies last Wednesday and the top 3 overall placegetters in each class received chocolates or wine from series co-ordinator Ross Barr. Thanks to all the setters, vettors, competitors and clubs for another successful season.

For those Sydneysiders who need their fix of midweek score course orienteering, don't forget the monthly Moonlight Madness night-time series which starts on April 9 at Vineyard Creek, Telopea.

In Newcastle, our biggest club also concluded their summer season with a night championship at Brickworks Park at West Wallsend. This map has some serious contours! Alex Massey took out the long course and Jim Lee the short.

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Changing of the guard at ONSW

Orienteering Association of NSW - Sat, 29/03/2014 - 4:23am

As has been flagged since last year's Presidents Forum in November, there were a number of changes to the ONSW Board at the recent AGM held in Armidale during the opening State League weekend.

A sufficient quorum of club delegates was in attendance as four members of the previous board stood down. After 6 years as President, and a similar number of years in other Board roles before that, Paul Prudhoe joined Barbara Hill, Peter Meyer and Kevin Curby in retiring.

Following last Wednesday's board meeting we are happy to announce our new President Greg Barbour and Finance Director Mark Shingler (pictured).

The Big Foot pair have decades of experience in orienteering and we wish them well as the new board builds on the tremendous growth and development of the past few years.

ONSW still has the director positions of Promotion & Development, and Special Projects to fill.


The 2014 ONSW Board currently comprises:

Greg Barbour         - President

Robert Spry           - Secretary (and Public Officer)

Mark Shingler          - Finance

Andrew Lumsden    - Technical

Carolyn Rigby         - Coaching

Ian Miller                - Planning

Maurice Anker         - Communications (IT)

Paul Prudhoe continues to support ONSW as the acting Admin Officer at Sports House.

A copy of the 2013 Annual Report issued at the AGM can be found here.

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Nicola, Michele keep NSW on top

Orienteering Association of NSW - Mon, 24/03/2014 - 5:32am

Nicola Blatchford (Newcastle, pictured) and Michele Dawson (Garingal) have kept NSW on top of the junior women's National League after a tough weekend in round 2 in Victoria.

In a much stronger field than for the opening round sprints in Brisbane, Nicola posted two third placings in the intricate gold mining terrain of Yackandandah and granite of Kangaroo Crossing, near Wangaratta. That lifted her into second on the individual table.  

Michele is third overall after a fourth and an 11th placing. Alinta Merrotsy (Northern Tablelands) was consistent with placings of 11th and 9th to sit sixth overall.

In the junior men's section Daniel Hill, Toby Wilson and Aidan Dawson were brought back to earth (after a big weekend in Brisbane), with both days bringing placings from 10-16 for the Garingal trio. That was enough to keep NSW second overall, however. 

The Stingers' best effort in Victoria was Dave Meyer (SHOO) coming second on Sunday, after an 8th on Saturday. Josh Blatchford (NC) was 10th and 5th, while Matt Parton had a 14th and a 13th. Leading the comp after Brisbane, the men are equal second, close behind Victoria.

Tracy Marsh (Big Foot, 7th and 6th) was our best senior female. Lucy McGarva (Waggaroos) was 17th on both days. 

The OA website has standings: senior and junior; and there are photos on the Stingers Facebook page.

In the non-elites NSW orienteers recorded the following podium placings:

Saturday: 3W Karen Blatchford (NC) 3rd; 4M Ron Junghans (GO) 1st, Jim Merchant (GO) 2nd; 7W Kath Oliver (WR) 3rd.

Sunday: 3M: Nick Dent (CC) 1st; 4M Ron Junghans (GO); 4W Karen Blatchford (NC) 1st.

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Bike action aplenty coming up

Orienteering Association of NSW - Sun, 23/03/2014 - 9:49am

We've got lots of great mountain bike orienteering coming up, with our first Super Series double header for 2014 in the Southern Highlands and the closing DuO Adventure races of the summer season.

The weekend of April 5-6 will see Mountain Devils open the annual Super Series at Belanglo State Forest (Sat) and Penrose State Forest (Sun). The Sunday will coincide with our next DuO (combined Foot O and MTBO), On the Sunday you can enter the DuO, or just the MTBO section, or just do some Foot O.

Accommodation is available for a small fee at Belanglo, either in The Hut or camping.

And for the first time, we are staging a NSW DuO championship. This will be at Glenbrook in the lower Blue Mountains on Sunday May 4.

Entries for all these events can be made via Eventor. Enter-on-day is also available but pre-entry is preferred.

Speaking of MTBO action, Newcastle's BOSS (Bike Orienteering Summer Series) wrapped up last weekend at Pelaw Main. 

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MetrO League starts this weekend

Orienteering Association of NSW - Mon, 17/03/2014 - 12:09pm

Our annual Sydney inter-club competition begins this Sunday when SHOO play host at The Australian Botanic Garden, Mt Annan.

There have been some promotions and relegations since the 2013 finals at Cataract Scout Camp. See the ML page for all the details. Can anyone stop Big Foot's State of Origin-like sequence of premmierships? How will Bennelong and Uringa-Central Coast fare in Division 1?

An innovation this year is to offer Enter-on-Day (EOD) on all 5 courses. We hope this will encourage more people to come along even if they are not part of a team that round. Of course, if there's a last-minute pullout... you can get a call-up! 

MetrO League is an ideal first step in making the move from summer series / street orienteering to the bush. Some venues offer more of a park sprint while others serve up proper bush O. 

Teams of 5 run against each other, with the fastest person in a match scoring 10 points and the slowest 1 point. While it is a competition, the atmosphere is always chipper and friendly.

Speak to your club captain about having a go.

On the subject of interclubs, Waggaroos have taken the first round of their annual fixtures against Albury-Wodonga. The event was conducted on Mt Terrible on the northern outskirts of Albury, named by the miners and loggers of yesteryear because of its steep terrain.  

WaggaRoos won 9-7 when John Oliver beat Wayne Bajenoff on the 6.5km Red course. Wayne had an excellent run but mispunched at the last control.

The easier navigation courses were across farmland and through bush areas that dodged the steeper slopes. The harder navigation courses took participants well into the steeper country where the challenge was whether to go straight and accept the descents and ascents or contour around to minimise the physical effort. Points are awarded to each club according to places for an equal number of participants on each course.

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World Rogaining Championships Survey

Rogaining News - Mon, 10/03/2014 - 5:32am
The International Rogaining Federation is conducting a survey of past and future participants in the World Rogaining Championships (WRCs) in order to assess the major factors which attract competitors to the event, to gauge opinion on the regional rotation policy and to get feedback on the preferred frequency of WRCs. The intention is to distribute the survey internationally to as many past (and future) participants as possible. If you have competed in WRCs in the past (or intend to in future), please take part in this short survey:
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Free entry at Seniors Week events

Orienteering Association of NSW - Sun, 09/03/2014 - 1:45am

Newcomers over the age of 55 will receive free entry (and coaching) to orienteering events on Wednesday March 19 as part of NSW Seniors Week.

These events are Newcastle's Park Tour at Walka Water Works in Maitland, and Bennelong's Sydney Summer Series at Clontarf

Club members will be on hand to provide basic instruction, then our rookies will go out on a course and experience what orienteering has to offer.

Please help spread the word about these promotional activities, which have been supported by a NSW Seniors Week Grant.

Downoad the flyers: Clontarf and Maitland.

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Easter dinner tickets now available

Orienteering Association of NSW - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 3:07pm

One of the highlights for many who attend the annual Easter 3-Days (which this year ONSW is hosting) is the carnival dinner.

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.

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Applications invited for ONSW Board positions

Orienteering Association of NSW - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 2:33pm

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 We would be happy to answer any questions concerning the positions.

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Rogaining in South Dakota

Rogaining News - Sun, 02/03/2014 - 3:20pm
Here is an article by Bud Laird on Rogaining in South Dakota, the location of this year's World Rogaining Champs: Rogaining in South Dakota (  Also, a message from the OUSA Rogaine Committee and Bob Reddick:  Rogainers,   Lots of space still available for teams of all experience levels for the World Rogaining Champs on August 16-17 2014 in the Black Hills of South Dakota, USA.   Junior teams (<20 Yrs.) are invited  -  maybe your family, club, state, or country could sponsor one or more?   Come and listen to the Barking Beetles, see the curious cats, avoid the sleeping Bison, and enjoy the marvelous scenery – while also visiting with the top athletes in your sport!   So get your team together and register now, and encourage your friends to come along.  My 87-year-old partner has just registered!   For the blog, photos, directions, etc., go to:   Cheers,     Bob Reddick OUSA Rogaine Committee and IRF rep.
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University Championship 2014

Rogaining News - Mon, 24/02/2014 - 10:00am
The 2014 University Rogaining Championship will be held in conjunction with the Australian Rogaining Championships ( on the 11-12th October. The event location will be in the Victorian goldfields near Castlemaine. Each year The Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation ( (NAMSF) supports university students to enter the event. NAMSF was set up in memory of Nigel a keen adventure racer and rogainer, to encourage engagement in these outdoor sports. Details of NAMSF subsidies will be available soon. The University Rogaining Championship is open to all university students (full-time, part-time, undergraduate, or post-graduate).
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Great start for young Stingers at NOL opener

Orienteering Association of NSW - Sun, 23/02/2014 - 7:11am

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.

Check out the relay results, individual results, and the OQ website for photos, splits and routegadget. The next round is in Victoria on March 22-23.

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BOSS comes to Sydney on March 2

Orienteering Association of NSW - Wed, 19/02/2014 - 12:28am
Not Bruce Springsteen, but the Bicycle Orienteering Summer Series!   Mountain Devils are staging the first ever BOSS in the Sydney metro area on Sunday March 2. If you've not done a BOSS before then think Sydney Summer Series for bikes - simple and fun.   While substantially off-road, some of this course will take riders through suburban streets. One course for all with only two classes - men and women.   It's a mixture of line and score course with a time limit of 75 minutes. Starts are from 8-9am at Castle Hill Showground.   See Eventor for the location - and please note there have been substantial road changes due to massive construction activity around the old Hills Council / Doran Road entrance. The Newcastle website has more info on the event.
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Seeking new junior squad caterers

Orienteering Association of NSW - Sun, 16/02/2014 - 1:00am

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.

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