Coming Events

Wed 26 Oct 4:30 pm
Sydney Summer Series #4 - Sydney Olympic Park
‘Sydney Olympic Park’

Wed 26 Oct 5:00 pm
Newcastle Summer Street Series #3 - Raymond Terrace
Raymond Terrace

Fri 28 Oct 5:00 pm
Grafton Street Orienteering
Prince St, Grafton

Sat 29 Oct 9:00 am
Saturday Orienteering Series - North Narrabeen
Lorikeet Ln, North Narrabeen

Sun 30 Oct 8:00 am
BOSS Season 2016/2017 Event 1 - North Cessnock
Gibsons Loop, Lovedale

Sun 30 Oct 9:00 am
West Sydney Summer Series #3 - Lake Parramatta plus ONSW Presentation Day
James Ruse Dr, North Parramatta

Wed 2 Nov 4:30 pm
Coffs Summer Series #2
B78, Bellingen

Wed 2 Nov 4:30 pm
Sydney Summer Series #5 - Lane Cove North
‘Stringybark Creek’

Wed 2 Nov 5:00 pm
Newcastle Summer Street Series #4 - Toronto West

Fri 4 Nov 6:00 pm
Goldseekers Club event
Sampson St, Orange

Welcome to Orienteering NSW

Orienteering is a sport that challenges both the body and the mind. It's also loads of fun!

The aim is to use a special orienteering map to navigate your way around a course and visit marked check points along the way. You choose a course that suits your age and experience and proceed at your own pace: walk, jog or run. It is a race but you decide if you want to just race yourself or be the next world champion! The course may take you through urban areas, parks, schools, farmland or forests.

Events are conducted weekly across NSW and beginners are welcome at all events.

New to orienteering? Click here for more information.

Want to enter an event? You can see what's on by looking at the Coming Events at left or by going to the Event Calendar. Some events are enter on the day - you just turn up and register at the start. Other events require pre-entry and for that you need to know about (and register with) Eventor - read the Eventor FAQ.

Sydney clubs pioneer electronic pay-on-the-day

Technology marches on in orienteering - and some of our clubs are now accepting electronic payment on the day.

Big Foot successfully trialled it at Ski-O at Perisher in August and will do so again at Wednesday's SSS at Sydney Olympic Park. (Big Foot are also offering pre-entry via Eventor at last year's prices ($10 for adults) - provided you register by 10am.)

Garingal tested Paywave at Sunday's Southern SSS event at Clovelly and reported no hiccups, and Bold Horizons have been offering e-payment this term in the SOS.

Cashless payment means orienteers don't need to hunt around for money on the day, and offers a vastly reduced cash handling risk for organisers. We encourage all clubs to discuss this payment method with our pioneers listed above.


Dean saddles up for Horse O

In the past couple of years ONSW clubs have thought outside the box to conduct Ski-O and wheelchair O - and now one of our members has put on a horse orienteering event.

Dean Williamson, club captain at SHOO, reports...

"I'm not a horse person and I didn't know that horseback orienteering was a thing. After I was asked to set an orienteering activity for the Oaks Horse and Pony Club at Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Centre, I looked it up and found out there's even a horseback orienteering association in the US (Competitive Mounted Orienteering).

"The Pony Club was holding a two-day camp, and wanted orienteering to be one of five activities that up to 50 attendees rotated through. 
"I always find it tough setting a course for beginners, and planning for the speed that horses could introduce made it even more interesting.
"We settled on 3 courses - one for children being led by adults, one for independent early teens, and one for late teens and adults who would likely gallop their way through the course. My aim was for the two longer courses to feel like riders were on a back-country adventure, with some longer legs for them to 'open up' their horses and enjoy the ride, while still being challenged at having to find points of easy-to-moderate difficulty. To assist with navigation and the comfort of orienteering for the first time, riders participated in pairs. 
"To simplify the event, each control displayed the name of a famous horse which riders wrote on an answer sheet. With nearly 20 controls, I was surprised how quickly I ran out of famous horses. Pegasus, Unicorn (not really horses, technically), The Trojan Horse and the Horse from Snowy River (did he have a name?) all made an appearance. The children's course had a horse-themed sticker sheet, with stickers collected at each control point.
"To my surprise, two senior riders sped through the difficult course in 20 minutes, horses all a-lather. The impressive sight of the horses in full gallop down the Northern hill, map flapping in the lead rider's hand, was a rewarding experience, and really captured how exciting horseback orienteering could be as a sport. The day was a success, with the independent 'roaming' experience of orienteering making it the highlight event for many. The Club is already planning the next event - winning!"
Thanks Dean for this great initiative.

Hat-trick for Rhiannon Prentice at MTBO nationals

Newcastle rider Rhiannon Prentice swept all three events in the W16 class at the Australian MTBO champs in Western Australia this weekend. 

Robert Prentice (pictured), competing in M60, almost emulated his daughter after two wins on Saturday but had to settle for second place in Sunday's Long Distance race.

Saturday dawned cold, wet and windy for the Sprint at Dwellingup but the weather turned for the better later in the afternoon, much to the setters' and competitors' relief, for the Middle Distance at Marrinup.

Only six ONSW members made the long trek west but their returns were substantial, with winners as follows:

Sprint: Rhiannon Prentice (Newcastle, W16A), Michael Ridley-Smith (Garingal, M40A), Andrew Power (NC, M50A), Robert Prentice (NC, M60A).

Middle: Rhiannon Prentice (Newcastle, W16A), Robert Prentice (NC, M60A).

Long: Rhiannon Prentice (Newcastle, W16A)

Andrew Power was second in the Middle and Long, while Newcastle clubmate Greg Bacon picked up his first medal of the weekend with a third placing in the M60 Long.

Congratulations to all our participants. A reminder that NSW will host the 2017 Australian MTBO Champs from October 7-8 in the Southern Highlands.


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