Bart Badges !

Bart finally cracked orienteering today and placed 3rd in M21 at the NSW Champs, marking the most significant achievement of his life. Chris Froome commented  “It’s an amazing position for us,” Froome said. “Bart’s in the form of his life and fully deserves it."

“I don’t think we quite expected that going into today’s stage. I think everyone probably expected Alpe d’Huez to be the more decisive stage, and it might very well still be, but it puts us in a fantastic position ahead of tomorrow’s stage [to Alpe d’Huez].” he continued.

Big Foot defends Metro League Division 1 Title

With one round to go, Big Foot has sucessfully defended its Div 1 title after facing down a similarly underpowered WHO team at Darks Common. Like the most worthy English football club, Wolverhampton Wanderers, sucess in 2018 was sealed up with over a month to go in the season.

Metro league wrap - Darks Common

Thanks for coming out to Darks Common today.

Results in all the good places:

AttackPoint (splits) | Winsplits | Eventor | Routegadget | Big Foot archive

Blue Mountains netball sprang a surprise on both us and the council with their Sunday comp, hope that you took the opportunity to enjoy their snags.

Today's event was made possible through a lot of hard work by Miles Ellis, who was planner and organiser wrapped into one and also had to negotiate access permission with a new group - we only got the final go-ahead this week. Eoin Rothery popped in en route to Broken Hill to do some controlling (apparently in a suit). The usual Big Foot rabble helped run the event.

Thanks to the competitor who found an old control out there - it has a flat battery, but once we have replaced that we might be able to figure out which event it was from, if it still works.

 

Vale Paul Darvodelsky

pd and Scotty - they used to dress like this all the time

 

Paul Darvodelsky has passed away in Alice Springs. Paul was one of the St Ives High School kids who helped form Big Foot Orienteers over 30 years ago.

Paul and his cohort produced Big Foot's first orienteering maps, chose the club's name and colours and, as importantly, set a course of irreverant competitiveness that is still at the heart of what we are about as a club. Paul's approach to orienteering in those years is exemplified by his map of a massive section of forest on the Jenolan Caves Road which was named Billenbenbong and had a lurid pink infill.

Jo wins back-to-back bake offs

Jo Parr went back-to-back winning another wooden spoon to join her 2017 spoon. 2016 runner-up Tracy Marsh got the crumbs despite starting so late that her entry had to use a munching start. Jo confirmed that her kitchen is currently being rebuilt completely to feature a trophy cabinet as the wins pile up.

El Presidente is dead, long live El Presidente

Michael Roylance has succeeded Andy Simpson as El Presidente of Big Foot in a peaceful transition. In his new role as Absolute Tyrant we can look forward to the e-bike class at MTBO going on to better things, together with a division for killer robots in Metro League.

Formerly president of Mountain Devils 2nd in their final year, Michael will bring his can-do mentality and enthusiasm to a role where his predecessor seemed to have run out of both.

Ali's Easter 3rd place secures JWOC berth

Alastair George finished 3rd in a hot field in M20E to get a place on the Junior World Champs team. After 4 days of competition, Ali was less than 3 minutes down on class favourite Aston Key.

Other Big Feet who snatched a place on the podium and received one of the troublesome towels were:

Lucy Mackie named Orienteering Australia athlete of the year

Lucy Mackie added to her silverware collection at the weekend despite being unable to compete as she recovers from pre-season surgery. Orienteering Australia named Lucy as the athlete of the year following her silver-medal winning performance at the Junior World MTBO champs in 2017.

Yay for Lucy, who has been having some surgery to repair damage done to her shoulder through too many podium hugs, such as this disturbing incident at the end of the World MTBO champs:

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