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Mid-week evening training now focuses on fitness with some technical training - see the calendar on the coaching and training page:

- Extra technical Training on Sat 27th May Narrinyeri Hills - Hard navigation only (see details on the Coaching and Training page)

City to Bush #5 is at Stonyfell/Auldana on Sun 28th May. Pre-entries via Eventor closed on Wed 24th May. Enter on the day is available. 

Training Day in Mt Crawford Forest (Chalks) on Sun 4th June

Introduction to Orienteering (Moderate Courses) on Sun 4th June at Mt Crawford Forest (Chalks as above) following by practical application at Para Wirra on Sun 18th June. Registration essential by dusk on 31st May.

Entries are now open for the next OY event at Para Wirra on Sun 18th June. This is also a SA Schools Team Selection Trial. Pre entry (preferred) closes on Wed 14th June. Enter on the day is also available.






World Orienteering Day at Thorndon Park

Friday, 26 May 2017

World Orienteering Day

Control with a difference!

Due to no OSA scheduled events for this day, I proposed at the Tintookies meeting in March to hold a night event followed by a meal at our shed.

A discussion with the Campbelltown Council followed and a night event was possible in Thorndon Park. As it was a school night, I decided to have a score event with a mass start with controls to represent different registered countries of the Orienteering community.

Ken Thompson offered to do the computer work using the Irish Federation Software “Or” which is great for Score Eevents, so SI was in vogue with live results on the screen. Promotion with the World “O” logo commenced and 37 entries were registered on Eventor.

The SI units were allocated a country by attaching flags and then reflectors were added to plate controls and the small flute school holders, making it easy for placement, security and collection.

A meeting with council officials only hours before the start allowed us to use power right next to the registration area which required the use of a ladder from our shed. Controls out early and we waited in anticipation of a great event as the weather was fine and mild.

People started arriving and were given their country that they would represent. All in place for a mass start as the briefing on what to expect was given and people departed in all directions.

Most of the fast runners headed for Brazil with headlights blazing then turned for Japan before splits occurred and different route choices eventuated.

Simon, as expected, was first home in 16.38 and scored maximum points while John N and Angus H both took 20.20 but John missed Spain and Angus missed both India and Switzerland. Bridget missed Brazil early as she had her map folded over but corrected herself at the last minute but still missed another control allowing Jenny Casanova to lead the female brigade. Nine competitors and 1 group scored maximum points of 650. All of our juniors were prominent showing the benefit of Stefano’s summer training.  

All competitors returned before the cut off and gathered around the finish area actively discussing which countries they missed and in what order they visited those spots.

For full results and splits go to: http://sa.orienteering.asn.au/results/2017Results/

Many of the competitors returned to the nearby Tintookies shed for a shared meal and further social interaction. In all 51 people were involved in the celebration.

Who will take on the role of organizing this event next year?

Article & Photographs by Clive Arthur

And where is France?


Part of the organising team!







The control cannot be too far away!









What country did we represent?!!

Perhaps we should have gone to Poland first!

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