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.

Becoming a Coach

Coaching is a rewarding means of contributing to your sport and to the development of future orienteers.  Qualified and motivated coaches are always in demand both at a club and State level.  If you are interested in training as a coach, please read the information below and make contact with the NSW Coaching Director.

The Coaching Pathway

Within Australia coach education and development is carried out under the umbrella of Sport Australian's National Coach Accreditation Scheme (NCAS). There are currently four levels of accreditation for orienteering coaches.

Level 0: Beginners

Level 1: People transitioning to bush orienteering

Level 2: State junior and senior squads as well as advanced athlete development

Level 3: National and elite level coaching

Accreditation and Re-accreditation

Levels 0 and 1 are managed by Jim Mackay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Levels 2 and 3 are the responsibility of Orienteering Australia (or one of the NSW Level 3 coaches when the OA position is not filled).

Current coaches seeking re-accreditation must spend a minimum number of hours over a four-year period. See here for details.

Level 1 Accreditation

There are three elements that must be completed (within a 2-year period) to become a Level 1 orienteering coach.  These are:

1. Beginning Coaching General Principles online course

This course has been developed by Sport Australia. It is free and has been developed to assist new coaches improve their basic coaching skills, in particular, those coaches working with children. Coaches can complete the course online in their own time.

The course contains five modules, covering a range of general coaching topics, including the role and responsibilities expected of a coach, planning, safety, working with parents, communication, group management and inclusive coaching practices when working with people with a disability or special population groups.

The course takes approximately 2 hours to complete with assessment included at the end of each module.

To access the course, visit the SA online learning portal at Coaching General Principles.

2. An orienteering-specific theory section.

Please contact the NSW Coaching Director (Vacant) for course materials - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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3. A practical component.

This section must be completed last and should be planned in consultation with the NSW Coaching Director.


From 2012-14, ONSW delivered orienteering to students in 193 primary schools across the state as part of the Active After-Schools Communities program.

Here are testimonials from some of the sites:

(1) "I think this is incredible. I want this introduced to the whole school. Every kid can benefit from this. It is so good." - Shortland PS.

(2) "Thank you so much for an excellent series of orienteering. The feedback from staff and children has been excellent and the children are always asking when they can do it again. It is the most engaged the students have been in any AASC program." - Our Lady of the Rosary, Waitara.

(3) "This is what some of my boys need. They have really focused like I've never seen them do before - for anything." - Charlestown East PS.

If you are a school wishing to do orienteering, or a coach wishing to deliver orienteering, you must first register via the Sporting Schools website. Please email Jim Mackay (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with any queries.