Coming Events

Sun 3 Jul 8:00 am
2022 Sydney Metropolitan Turkey Trot
George Bell Pavilion, Castle Hill Showground, Castle Hill

Sun 3 Jul 9:30 am
“The Range” (Killingworth) - “Contours & Compass” training event
“The Range” (Killingworth)

Sun 3 Jul 10:00 am
Interclub #5 - Albury-Wodonga
Sun 3 Jul 10:00 am
2022 Bush Series #5 Orange Botanic Gardens
Orange Botanic Gardens, Hill Street, Orange

Wed 6 Jul 1:00 pm
Orienteering NSW Junior Training Camp
Bonny Hills, Port Macquarie.

Sat 9 Jul 1:00 pm
2022 NSW State League #10
Mackillop College, Lochinvar Pl, Port Macquarie.

Sun 10 Jul 9:30 am
2022 NSW State League #11
Broken Bago State Forest, Tallowwood Ave, Wauchope.
Wed 13 Jul 5:30 pm
Moonlight Madness #3
Shrimptons Creek

Sun 17 Jul 9:30 am
Leichhardt ultrasprint
Pioneers Memorial Park, Norton Street, Leichhardt
Sun 17 Jul 9:30 am
Newcastle Bush 2022 OY #5
Red Gum Ridges.

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.

Central West Orienteering

Terrific technical terrain met competitors at Wyangala Waters for State League 5 – a middle distance event hosted by Western and Hills Orienteers.

Recent rain made the rocks slippery and there are lots of rocks! But the full dam and steep banks created a picturesque setting.

Rebecca George (BF) set wonderful courses with Sheralee Bailey (BN) doing the controlling. 

The tightest competition came in both 20A classes, where Sam Woolford (BB) edged out Alvin Craig (NC) by a mere 31s and Eszter Kocsik (GO) pipped rising star Erika Enderby (NC) by 39s.

The following day, Goldseekers organised a long distance event in Roseberg SF.

James Lithgow’s (GO) courses used the Southern and Western parts of Roseberg, which haven’t seen any orienteering competition in over 15 years.

The spur gully terrain with large rocks scattered all over the place makes for a wonderful orienteering playground.

It can be easy for times to blow out in a long distance event but only 2s separated Newcastle clubmates Martina Craig  and Jennifer Enderby in W50A!

In 21A Rebecca George, fresh off setting the day before won. Martin Dent up from Canberra was the best in M21A.

Please fill in the Course Setter of the year surveys at - CSOTY


Thank you, Ian

Ian Jessup, ONSW's long-standing Marketing and Communications Officer, is finishing up this week after 11 years of dedicated service.

Ian came into the newly created role in 2011 and has helped transform ONSW from a one-person operation into a vibrant body that delivers orienteering on many fronts.

He says his three proudest achievements are:
* creating the OK-GO kit for use in the popular Sporting Schools program
* setting up our newest club in Port Macquarie
* generating widespread media coverage of orienteering - especially at the 2017 Australian champs where TV covered nearly every day of the 9-day carnival

Ian was awarded ONSW's Cox's Cup Encouragement Award in 2019 and in 2017 made the shortlist for Sport NSW Administrator of the Year. 

"I have had the privilege of working with many wonderful people in orienteering, especially my colleagues John Murray and Jim Mackay," said Ian.

"It's a fantastic sport and I wish I had started a long time ago. You'll still see me at events and I wish ONSW the very best under new management."

Ian will still be involved as co-ordinator of the Sydney Summer Series and MetrO League.


ONSW Board member Sheralee Bailey

Meet your Board member

This is the first in a weekly series introducing you to the new ONSW Board members in 2022.

Vice President Sheralee Bailey (Bennelong Northside). Joined the Board: 2022

Sheralee is a case of the prodigal daughter returning home.

The former president and newsletter editor of Bennelong is back in Australia after 15 years living in the UK.

Her professional background and skillset is in risk management and governance, as well as team management. Sheralee says she joined the Board to be involved in shaping the future of orienteering in NSW.

She started orienteering in 1983 via the Frank Anderson-initiated Central Coast schools program and has been an organiser, planner and controller for 25 years.

Sheralee rates her highlight as winning the 2014 London City Race, just three years after being hit by a car on her way home from the 2011 edition where she finished second.

Four different surgeons said her left knee was so badly injured she’d never be a competitive orienteer again. Not to be told she can't do something, she spent the next few years training really hard in the gym… and it paid off! 

Sheralee’s flair with the pen/typewriter/keyboard was obvious and she was soon profiling elite orienteers in the Australian Orienteer magazine as well as being creator/editor of Bennelong’s BluePrint newsletter. 

Whilst living in the UK (2006-2021), she was creator/editor of Dartbord, the Dartford club newsletter which won multiple British newsletter awards. 

One quirk that will sure to be popular with the O crowd: Sheralee says she can’t be trusted with chocolate!


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