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Notification of ARA AGM

Rogaining News - Mon, 15/09/2014 - 8:41pm
The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Rogaining Association will be held from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, on Friday 10 October at the ARC Hash House. A request has been made to each state/territory association to confirm their delegates' attendance at this meeting. If you would like to contribute to the meeting please contact your state/territory association's President, ARA Representative or other nominated delegate. The Executive is due for election and nominations are open. If you have an interest in nominating for an executive role please contact the ARA Secretary, Paul Guard (mailto:paulguard@gmail,com?subject=ARA%20AGM%20Executive%20Elections).
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All set for Junior League finale

Orienteering Association of NSW - Thu, 11/09/2014 - 3:45am

The Sydney Junior League is drawing to a close for 2014, with the final event at Willoughby on Saturday 20 September. All juniors are encouraged to attend and start early. Starts are from 9.30am.  Bring a picnic and stay on for Series presentations and random lucky draw prizes for juniors (which you must be there to claim) at 11am. Once again, ONSW extends a huge THANK YOU to long-term supporter AussieOGear who donate prizes for the Series.

As an added bonus, the 20 September event is part of the Willoughby Spring Festival and all participants will receive a free entry to the Willoughby Leisure Centre (can be redeemed at a later date).

Development Officer Barbara Hill reports: this year the Series has comprised 11 events with the 5 best events of competitors counting towards season end awards. Congratulations to Terence Chiang (Garingal) and Angus Leung (Garingal) who have participated in 9 of the 10 events to date.  It is pleasing to see that many others have had 8 runs. In all, almost 150 students have had runs in Junior League events.

A number of classes are tight and will come down to the final event to determine the winner. The Very Easy boys class looks as though it will be fought out by Donovan Roberts (Garingal) and William Nolan (Uringa). If neither is available though, Lachlan Coady (Western & Hills) might just sneak in for the win. Nea Shingler (Big Foot) has been outstanding all year in the girls division and will take out this class.

On the Easy course, the action will be focused on the girls. On the back of strong performances at the NSW Schools Champs, Tiia Marsh (Big Foot) is leading however the highly talented Claudia Petrie could sneak in for a win if she runs strongly at Willoughby. Promising GO junior Holly Roberts could also be up with the leaders if she posts a good time. Nicholas Tse (Garingal) is a clear winner in the boys Easy class and looks set to challenge on the moderate courses in 2015!

On the longer courses, Ewan Shingler (Big Foot, left) has the Short Moderate wrapped up and Joanna Hill (Garingal) leads the girls division. Sophie Jones is in with a shot of levelling with Joanna though.

Consistent runs all winter have secured wins for Georgia Jones (Uringa) and Duncan Currie (Garingal) on the Long Moderate course. However Toby Wilson (Garingal) may level with Duncan if he is the quickest on the course at Willoughby.

We would also like to thank Colin Price at Aussie O Gear for his donation of prizes.

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WRC2014 USA

Rogaining News - Mon, 01/09/2014 - 2:00pm
A small contingent of 28 Australians competed in the World Championship in South Dakota held 17-18 August 2014 in the Black Hills, west of Rapid City. Four Australian teams won world titles. Julie Quinn and David Baldwin came sixth overall, while Geoff Lawford and Rod Gray won a third Men Super Veterans title. The top placed teams overall were again from Estonia, Finland and Russia. Australian medalists were: Rod Gray, Geoff Lawford, 1st Men Super Veterans Richard Robinson, Vivienne Prince (NZ), 1st Mixed Super Veterans Tim Dent, Rob Taylor, Graham Anderson, 1st Men Ultra Veterans Robyn Spriggs, Sharon Crawford (USA), 1st Women Ultra Veterans Julie Quinn, David Baldwin, 2nd in Mixed Open and 2nd in Mixed Veterans Tamsin Barnes, Thorlene Egerton, 2nd Women Veterans Paul Williams, Andre Morkel, 2nd Mens Veterans Derek Morris, Ted van Geldermalsen, 3rd Men Super Veterans
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NSW Australian Relay Teams 2014

Orienteering Association of NSW - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 3:26am

The teams with running order - NSW Teams

Some changes have been made as Sat, 13th Sept. Please let Hilary Wood know if there are any issues.

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Big Foot double highlights glorious day at ML finals

Orienteering Association of NSW - Wed, 27/08/2014 - 3:26am

Big Foot added another notch to their heavyweight belt by taking out MetrO League Divisions 1 and 2 in stunning weather on a new map at Cecil Hills on Sunday.

It was the first double in ML history in the top two grades, and even more impressive when you consider that Australia's champion orienteering club was without at least two of its gun runners. And... 4 of the 5 Divn 1 runners are over 50. What athletes !

The Divn 1 victory over WHO 34-21 made it six premierships in a row for the Feet and belied their draw in round 5 at Beacon Hill. ONSW president Greg Barbour led the way with the fastest time of the day of just under 30 minutes.

In Division 2 Big Foot also had a comfortable win, 33-22 over the Garingal Dragons who were missing three regulars. GO youngster Duncan Currie was fastest in 31.18.

WHO at least enjoyed some success with a tight 29-27 win over IKO in Division 3. WHO benefited from an extra point when Graeme Hill and Tim Perry both finished in 42.33, and Ian Froude (IK) was left ruing the three seconds he finished behind Daniel Smith. That's how close it was.

Bennelong Northside took out Division 4, 31-24 over the Garingal Monitors - but lost Division 5 (30-25) to SHOO's Golden Oldies.

Thank you to WHO for a great new area in Sydney, and to Robert Bradley - the 2013 ONSW Course Setter of the Year - for his excellent courses.

Congratulations to our winners for 2014:

Divn 1: Big Foot. Indiv medal: Andrew Hill (WHO)
Divn 2: Big Foot. Indiv medal: Angus Shedden (SHOO)
Divn 3: WHO. Indiv medal: Alex Karavaev (IKO)
Divn 4: Bennelong Northside. Indiv medal: Lewis Redner and Tania Kennedy (GO)
Divn 5: SHOO. Indiv medal: Samuel Tsang (BN)

Results, head-to-head results, the individual medal tallies and photos are all now available.

We thank all clubs for their wonderful spirit in 2014 and look forward to the 2015 season.

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Goanna separates sheep from the goats

Orienteering Association of NSW - Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:58am

The 2014 Goanna, the third year of this goat racing format, had a distinctly international flavour as it moved into the winter calendar on the Macquarie Uni map.

Craig Ogilvie, a member of the Rand OC executive in South Africa, was here on holidays, saw the event on the calendar, and entered. And a late starter on the GeckO course was Aco Stamenkovski from Macedonia. Dobra work !

The mass start format saw many of the 67 runners remain at the big green flag for 30-60 seconds while working out the optimal route to the first control on each course, and perhaps their 'skip'.

With following allowed and permission to skip one control (two on the Goanna), it was worth planning ‘the skip’ early on to avoid possibly losing time in the green or from a climb.

The two longer courses had plenty of climb and crossed Lane Cover River twice. Fortunately the week’s rain meant only the shoes got wet, although Maggie Jones (UR) found a way to cross back via the weir waist-deep! “It was lovely, I needed cooling off,” she reported.

First finisher was Garingal club captain Tania Kennedy on the GeckO (4.3km) course. Tania skipped #5. When she entered Christie Park she cut straight across the oval to #6 (187), and finished in 32 minutes exactly. She was followed by four outstanding juniors in Ewan Shingler (runner-up for the second year), Finn Mackay, Jonathan Koruga and Tania’s youngest son Tom.

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Waggaroos take out Interclub trophy

Orienteering Association of NSW - Mon, 25/08/2014 - 7:31am

Waggaroos have comfortably retained the annual Interclub trophy after a draw with Albury-Wodonga in the final round.

Round 6 was conducted in the hilly terrain at the northern end of Livingstone State Forest. The courses challenged participants to choose the best way to avoid unnecessary climb while also avoiding the scrubbier sections and making sure control sites could be sensibly attacked.

Points are allocated based on equal numbers of participants on each course, similar to the Sydney-based MetrO League.

Joshua Roberts (NC) was the standout performer on the day, whipping around the 5.3km hard course in just under 49 minutes and almost 15 minutes ahead of Wagga's John Oliver. John’s performance gave the hosts a good start but Albury hit back with Wayne Bajenoff and Leigh Privett finishing ahead of Dale Clegg (WR) to tie this course 5 points all.

Sue LeFoe pushed Albury into the lead with a good win on the 3.1km Moderate Course. Ed McDougall, fresh from his success at the NSW schools championships in Newcastle the previous weekend, finished second to close the gap for Wagga. When Julie Gooding finished close behind Ed and ahead of Bill Krautz (A), Wagga had caught up and tied the points on this course too.

As a result WaggaRoos and Albury tied the day at 10 points all and WaggaRoos won the series 93-77.

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Vale Arthur Durham

Orienteering Association of NSW - Wed, 20/08/2014 - 3:19am

Uringa orienteers advise with great sadness that their good friend and valued club member, Arthur Durham, passed away in the early hours of Monday after a long illness.

President Linda Sesta penned this tribute: "First introduced to orienteering in 1976 by Frank Assenza, Arthur initially joined Bennelong Occasional Orienteers before joining Uringa in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

He contributed enormously to our club and regularly made himself available to help out at events: with Enter on the Day, registration, taking money, minding the children and shadowing many of the kids on their courses. He did a tremendous job for over a decade as Uringa treasurer and was made a life member in 2011.

While Arthur was an active orienteer for many years, he started to experience ill health in the late 1990s. Unfortunately over the past few years his participation in club activities was very limited due to his worsening health.

Arthur will be remembered fondly by all those who were lucky enough to have him touch their lives."

His funeral will be in Melbourne on Aug 22 (Friday). He will be buried at Rockwood cemetery in Sydney at a later date and the Sydney memorial service will take place sometime in September. Details will be made available on the Uringa blog. If any orienteer would like to contribute a eulogy at the memorial service, could you please contact Nick Wilmott on 9567 6932.

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Jill and Roger Guard

Rogaining News - Wed, 23/07/2014 - 6:51pm
As many rogainers will be aware current ARA Secretary and Immediate Past President of QRA, Paul Guard, lost his parents Jill and Roger in the MH17 tragedy. You can read his tribute to his parents here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cgVZ_RuGz-pRSaBSlyrbxvYFEIXlCeLrO7h_rBHf00Y/pub (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cgVZ_RuGz-pRSaBSlyrbxvYFEIXlCeLrO7h_rBHf00Y/pub) In addition to being Paul’s father, Roger Guard was well known to many rogainers through his ultra-running exploits. From memory he still holds the Queensland, and possibly Australian, M60 24-Hr record of 181km. Roger also competed in several QRA rogaines with Paul. Their first event together was the Dark Side of the Moon 12hr Rogaine in 2003, where they finished in 8th place overall. They also competed together with Paul's cousin Linda at the 2003 Queensland 24hr Championships where they won the Mixed Open category. They ran together in the 2010 Great Escape 6hr Metrogaine which was held in Toowoomba, and won the event (certainly assisted by Roger's intimate knowledge of the Toowoomba escarpment trail network!). Roger also competed in the 2006 No Surrender Nukinenda 6hr event with daughter Amanda where they came third overall and he also assisted with the setting of the 2010 Up Hill Down Dale 24-Hr event. Both the rogaining community and the trail running community in South East Queensland will miss Roger deeply. The thoughts of the entire rogaining community go out to Paul, Amanda and their extended family at this most difficult of times. Anyone who would like to further honour their memory are encouraged to contribute to causes that Roger and Jill were both passionate about, donations in their memory can be made using one of the links below. Here is their Supporter Page for Medecins Sans Frontieres: https://msfinmemory.everydayhero.com/au/jill-and-roger-guard (https://msfinmemory.everydayhero.com/au/jill-and-roger-guard) Here is the Support Us Page for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation: http://toowoombahospitalfoundation.org.au/support-us (http://toowoombahospitalfoundation.org.au/support-us) (please mention Jill and Roger in the 'seller's instructions' field) Richard Robinson Immediate Past President Australian Rogaining Association
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