- Last Updated: Tuesday, 06 December 2016 09:23
A reminder that entries close this Wednesday (Dec 7) for the annual Xmas 5-Days carnival, whch this year returns to the Newcastle region.
The Newcastle club is committed to a massive event, with 5 days of Foot O and 3 days of MTBO. Details are on the carnival web page.
The carnival starts with a sprint at the Tighes Hill TAFE on the afternoon of Tuesday December 27, followed by four mornings of quality bush O in the Hunter region. The three MTBO events will be in the afternoons.
And entries for the annual Big Foot Sprints close next Monday. This unique two-race sprint event will be held on Sat Dec 17 at Crimson Hill, formerly the home to UTS Kuring-gai, in Eton Road, Lindfield.
Entries are open via Eventor. And for the first time Big Foot will be offering a 1.5km one-off course for kids, families and anyone who wishes to do just the one short course.
We thank the Feet for their flexibility after permission was withdrawn for their initial venue of Rookwood Cemetery. Full details are here.
- Last Updated: Monday, 05 December 2016 18:58
Looking for a present for that hard-to-shop-for loved one or friend ? Check out our list for those who've been 'nice' this year. All suppliers are wonderful supporters of orienteering:
Former Garingal president Tony Hill is widely regarded as the premier orienteering photographer in Australia, and he has put together a beautiful 2017 calendar with great shots from right across the country. Great for rusted-on O folk and non-orienteers alike.
If you've found yourself straying a bit (in the literal sense of course), Peter Shepherd advises he has the new STR8 compass in stock. Peter will have them for sale at the Xmas 5-Days in Newcastle.
Pace Athletic offer all orienteers 10% off their entire range. With stores now at Manly, Mosman, Crows Nest, Kings Cross and Rozelle, they have a full range of running shoes, clothes and apparel.
- Last Updated: Sunday, 27 November 2016 17:16
Goldseekers recently hosted a primary school gala day in Orange, drawing 80 eager students to Gosling Creek Reserve.
In the morning, the children had a range of courses they could try as individuals or in pairs. The courses were relatively simple to help them develop their navigation skills and self-confidence. Most children did 2 or 3 practice courses, before trying harder courses with the SportIdent electronic timing system.
After a break for lunch the children moved across the Bargwanna Road to the eastern part of the Reserve where they took part in a 3 person team relay. The team ‘baton’ was an SI stick that was used to check which controls they had visited and record their overall time.
The fastest team was from Orange Public School who completed the 3 km course in 20 minutes. A team from Bletchington School was not far behind with a Home Schooling group and teams from Spring Terrace and Borenore schools putting in excellent performances.
The children thoroughly enjoyed the physically and mentally challenging activities of the day. As it was such a successful day, it is planned to be an annual event for primary schools that include orienteering as part of their school activities. Thanks to the Baldwins, our Finnish scholar Atte, and Goldseekers for a fun day out that has great potential to grow.