Message to all Orienteers from the President of Orienteering South Australia
    In the light of the following message from Orienteering Australia (below) and the current situation with Covid -19 all orienteering events and OSA training activities in South Australia will be cancelled until after the June long weekend. Future cancellations will be revisited closer to that time. This will also cancel the OY competition and the schools selection trials.
    We apologize for the disappointment and look forward to the day when we can all go orienteering again.
    Rob Tucker President
    The full message from Orienteering Australia is here.
  • Permanent course maps at Kuitpo HQ and The Eucalypts have been updated. Thanks to Paul Hoopmann. When using this and other permanent courses remember that large groups are no longer appropriate and that current social distancing rules must be applied. For more information about this and other courses go to DIY Orienteering .
  • The March edition of the SA Orienteer is now available for viewing online.The main articles are on Robin Uppill's Order of Australia award, her life as an orienteer, and transition from geologist to IT worker. Other articles are on Junior Arrows recruitment, SA's Sprint Champion of Champions, orienteering techniques, including an orienteering simulator, Hill's fires, Top End snippets, smart phone orienteering, new sprint symbols, the 2020 interstate program, and more.Go to About Us -> SA Orienteer
  • The March Edition of the Australian Orienteer is now available online.

Snap "Sprint' Series 2020

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The Snap Sprint Series starts on Friday 31 Jan at Flinders University, with events on the following 3 Friday evenings.  The last Friday event on 21 Feb is on a new map at Stirling. All events are listed in the event calendar.

On the weekend of 21 – 23 Feb, additional sprint opportunities are offered. These are a Saturday evening race at Semaphore Park, and with a “Knockout” Sprint at Trinity College on the Sunday morning.  . Plus some morning training activities on the Friday and Saturday.

So what is “Sprint” orienteering – it is a shorter form of orienteering with traditional line courses, generally held on small urban map areas such as campuses and parks, and with a lot of detail. A smll snippet from Adelaide University si shown below.


For the serious orienteer, sprint orienteering is about thinking and racing hard simultaneously, focusing on quick decision making.  The courses are fairly simple to navigate at a walk or a slow jog for the less serious orienteer, but the task is more demanding at higher speed, especially when faced with constant changes of direction and route choice. If you run fast then make sure it’s in the right direction!

Courses are line format, where you must find all the controls in a set order, in the fastest possible time. Course lengths vary from 2 km to 3.5 km, if you choose the best route!  These events use the Sportident electronic timing system which enables you to compare the time it took to get to each control with others on your course.

Entry is by three age groups, and you can choose the short or long course for all age groups.

  • Junior – 16 and under
  • Open – 17 - 44
  • Veteran – 45 and over

However for the less serious you can enter either course, plus a shorter easier course.

To help you get started – here is a full legend for sprint orienteering maps. An small example is hown below. In sprint orienteering some features are forbiddent o be crossed to make the event fairier - these inlcude high fences and walls, and areas that may be temporarily out of bounds due to construction work.  See the legend for all the forbidden symbols.

A new symbol to show two level situations where you can run underneath or on top is shown below.  As well as the traditional canopy/pass through symbol where you run under the "canopy" but not on the top of it.

Sprint Symbols Two Level

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