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Orienteering SA - Junior Arrows Squad

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The Junior Arrows is our training squad for juniors of high school age. And for 2018, juniors interested can attend our first squad meeting on 9th February.

This information meeting  is for existing and new Junior Arrows members. This meeting will be held at the second Snap Sprint event at Mawson Lakes at 7:20pm.

All juniors aged 12-18 this year are welcome to attend. The meeting will discuss the training program for 2018, schools selection trials for 2018, Junior Arrows camp, uniform and club membership.

Come for the event at 6:30 (6pm registration) and stay for the meeting at 7:20pm (approximately 15mins long)

Enter the event here https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/Show/6094

Please let any promising Junior Arrows know about this meeting. 

Contact Bridget Anderson for more information This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about the Junior Arrows and our Southern Darts group for younger juniors, see the links.




February is Sprint Orienteering month

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The Friday evening orienteering events shift in February to the shorter format of “Sprint Orienteering”. The events have shorter courses on more complex map areas, however an Easy course is available for newcomers. Each event has two technical courses, usually around 2 km and 3 km in length, although you will generally travel longer than this due to the many obstacles on the map.

The series begins at Adelaide University, followed by events at the Uni SA Campus at Mawson Lakes, Torrens Linear Park at Lochiel north east of the city, and the final event on the Torrens Linear Park at Underdale, west of the city.

Pre-entry is available from the event link at left or from the Event Calendar page. Enter either male or female junior, open or veteran, for either the short or long course. Enter on the day is available at all events as well.

The series is sponsored by Snap Printing and Wildfire Sports, and hosted as a fundraiser by the Southern Arrows, South Australia’s elite orienteering squad.



2018 - A big orienteering year in South Australia

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The early part of the year shows the continuation of the Friday evening Twilight Series which is followed by the shorter format sprint events in February. Being urban events these are great as introduction of orienteering to new comers, as well as providing opportunity for regulars to keep fit and practice basic orienteering skills. These events culminate in the SA Sprint Championships at Tatachilla College near Maclaren Vale

The Sunday event program commences in late March, with the following highlights

  • Urban series to further introduce orienteering to newcomers in May
  • Three events near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges on the June long weekend
  • In August the State Long Championships and the SA Night Championships on the areas northeast of Burra used for the 2015 Australian Three Days

The main program ends with the 2018 Australian Championships and Australian Schools Championships. The full program can be seen by clicking this link.

The program begins with three events in the Riverland of South Australia, in reasonable driving distance for those orienteers who wish to drive from the Eastern states. The areas are approximately three hours’ drive from Adelaide. Two areas with unique terrain area are located in the eroded areas adjacent to the River Murray. One area Crooked Straight has been used for orienteering in the past (previous YA map), however the area has been completed remapped along with the nearby Weila Bunyip Reach map using high quality LIDAR data specifically acquired for the map production. Some of the terrain is shown below. These areas are to be used for the Australian Middle Distance Championships and the Australian Relay Championships respectively. The Australian Sprint Championships will be held on the Renmark Schools campuses on Monday 1st Oct (this day is a public holiday in SA).

crooked Straight terrain2

The events then shift to the Adelaide region, for the three days of the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships. The associated public events will provide the option for participants to enter three individual events or if entering all 3, a three day event.

The carnival concludes with the Australian Long Distance Championships and the SA Middle Distance Championships. The long distance event is the area of varied terrain comprising Gumeracha Goldfields. The area is spur-gully topography, but with mixed vegetation. Present are pine plantations from mature to younger pines, native forest often tending to be slower run, and some open areas. Rocky detail is common in the latter and some parts of the pine plantations. The native forest areas contain scattered gold mining areas. Route choice decisions will be the key for the longer courses at this event.

The final event which also concludes the 2018 NOL calendar, is the SA Middle Distance Championship at Keynes Gap. The area has been completely remapped based on LIDAR data. The terrain is mostly open farmland with large and extensive rock detail - shown below from the air.

Keynes Gap Aerial View

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