- Last Updated: Monday, 24 October 2016 13:02
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.
- Last Updated: Friday, 21 October 2016 12:10
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).
- Last Updated: Monday, 17 October 2016 10:22
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.