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.

Welcome to new GM and Board members

ONSW is delighted to announce the appointment of Katherine Crawford as general manager.

Katherine has worked as an abseiling guide and is a regular rogainer and trail runner.

Although her career has mainly revolved around the pharmaceutical and medical industries, she has developed a suite of many transferable practices and ideas and is excited to be able to bring that to ONSW.

You can read more about Katherine here. She started with ONSW on April 27.

At the ONSW AGM on Monday, we welcomed onto the Board Rob Bennett (Goldseekers), Angus Shedden (SHOO) and Sheralee Bailey (Bennelong Northside).

Sheralee, a former president of Bennelong, steps into the new role of vice-president.

We thank retiring Board members Robert Spry, Andrew Power and Mary Jane Mahony for their service.


Six NSW orienteers named in Australian teams

NSW has six athletes named in Australian teams for world championships this year and a further two picked as reserves.

For the Junior World Championships in Portugal in July, Erika Enderby (Newcastle, left) has made the team at just 15 years old after finishing second in the junior women's division of the National League, behind 17-year-old Nea Shingler (Big Foot).

Another debutant is Sam Woolford (right) from Bush n Beach who was equal third in the NOL, behind Ewan Shingler (Big Foot), in the junior men's section.

The Shinglers were picked in the JWOC Honour Team last year but did not compete due to the pandemic.

Newcastle's Oskar Mella has been named as first reserve, further showing the depth of talent in our state. 

For the World champs in Denmark in June, Alastair George (BF) and Emily Sorensen (BF) join the Shinglers in a team stacked with youth. This is the first time the champs will be conducted purely in the Sprint format. 

Alastair has really stepped up since entering the senior ranks last year, marking the first time since 2015 an ONSW member has been chosen for WOC. Emily has moved to Sydney from South Australia and has been picked in her first senior year. 

For the World Uni champs in Switzerland in August, Alastair, Emily and Ewan are in the Australian team.

And for the World Games in the US in July, Duncan Currie (Garingal) has been as a reserve. This event is an "Olympics" for non-Olympic sports.

Congratulations to all the athletes selected. We look forward to following our representatives as they compete overseas for the first time in three years.


Junior squad camp Dun and dusted

Around 20 juniors and a dozen parents enjoyed our first junior squad camp for 2022 in Armidale earlier this month.
The camp took place immediately after the State League weekend and was an excellent lead-in to the national Easter carnival in Queensland the following weekend.
Sisters Steph and Jess Dun were the first camp attendees we have had from our newest club in Port Macquarie.
"It was super fun and I got along with everyone I met really well right from the start," said Steph.
"I learnt lots of new skills and developed existing ones. I think the most worthwhile thing I learnt more about was how to effectively use contour lines for navigation."
Jess told her dad Andrew it was "the best camp that she had ever been on (not just the best orienteering camp, but the best camp of any kind)."
"She mentioned that she has a much better idea of how to navigate now and it seems crazy that she learnt so much in less than a week."
A big thanks once again to junior squad manager Helen O'Callaghan and her coaches, plus all the parents who helped.
Stay tuned for details of the next junior squad camp, most likely in the July school holidays.

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