Parawanga Orienteers (POA)
Parawanga is a Canberra orienteering club catering for all ages and all skill levels from the novice or occasional orienteer through to those who have or are aspiring to represent Australia at World Championship events.
Established in the 1970s, Parawanga is a club with a fine history of orienteering achievements locally and at the national level. Aside from competing and organising events, the Parawanga club has a social program that includes regular club meetings followed by pizza, dessert and wine. Particular highlights are the club gatherings held when members travel to compete at major orienteering carnivals throughout Australia and overseas.
‘Parawanga’ is the name of an Aboriginal spirit of madness, often appearing in the form of a mirage. Some would claim that mirages and madness accompany orienteers when illogically seeing features that don’t exist or convincing themselves that what they see is actually what is shown on the map. Obviously this was an affliction suffered by some orienteers when the club was formed in the 1970s but hopefully less apparent for the Parawangans of today.
However, for those Parawangans who suffer moments of madness during an orienteering event but manage to find their way out of their self caused mess and complete the event, the club honours their perseverance through the annual awarding of the ‘Snail’ trophy. Of possibly greater prestige the club also awards annually the ‘Blue Man’ trophy to the member that has contributed the most to the club for that year.
If you are looking for an orienteering club that is all inclusive and offering a mix of social and orienteering activities then Parawanga may be the club for you. If you want to find out more about the Parawanga orienteering club please contact any of the following club representatives or just turn up at a Canberra orienteering event and look for the people wearing the blue, yellow and white orienteering shirts.
Contacts for more information:
Parawanga Events May - September 2017
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Parawanga is setting and/or organising the following orienteering events for Orienteering ACT for May - September 2017.
Parawanga events for 2016/17 Twilight Program
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Parawanga is setting and/or organising the following orienteering events for Orienteering ACT for 2016/17 Twilight Program. If you would like to help setting or organising these events please contact the Club President or Secretary. If you have not previously set or organised an orienteering event, you will be assisted by a more experienced Parawangan orienteer.
Five Parawangans were selected in the 2016 ACT Schools Orienteering Team
Thursday, 18 August 2016
Five Parawangans were selected in the 2016 ACT Schools Orienteering Team to compete in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in Queensland in September. Good luck to all Parawangans and to the whole schools team!