Upcoming Blue Lightning Training

Regular weekly training in 2017 will be run on a weekday afternoon - generally Wednesdays from 4-5.15pm. This day and time is subject to change so if you are new, email Manager Lil Bryant-Johnson for confirmation of venue and day. BlueLightningACT@gmail.com


Upcoming training:

Wednesday 24 May (World Orienteering Day) Kellaway St Hackett Ainslie Nth.

Wednesday 31 May  - Remembrance Park  - Mt Ainslie Drive.

Wednesday 7 June - Parliamentary Triangle - meet at Questacon Entrance.

Wednesday 14 June - La Trobe Park end of Melbourne Avenue, Deakin (near Girls Grammar).

Cake Stall

Blue Lightning runs cake stalls at Saturday and Sunday orienteering events to help fund training, orienteering shirts and the ACT Schools Orienteering Team. All members of Blue Lightning are encouraged to assist running the cake stall. Please contact the Blue Lightning Cake Manager, Jane Barnett, jane.barnett.au@gmail.com if you are able to help and not already on the roster.  

New Blue Lightning O-Shirts

Blue Lightning O- shirts are available from the Blue Lightning Manager. Cost -$25 

Focus On Girls  (FOG) Training

After school training sessions are held for Girls Only (aged 10 and above)  every month or so. 

School Orienteering

We can make a map of your school or do In school instruction - see Body and Brain 

ACT Schools Team

Each year in late September at the Australian Orienteering Championships Carnival School teams from each state and from New Zealand meet for an exciting competition. Any Secondary School students can apply to be part of the team. Any who miss out on selection and others are welcome, along with other families and friends, to attend the week long carnival (or parts of it). See news articles below. 

ACT Schools Orienteering Team Trials Information - 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

ACT Schools Orienteering Team Trials Information - 2017: 

We encourage all keen school aged  ACT Orienteers to trial for the ACT School Orienteering Team.  

If you are regularly and comfortably running Orange courses (Junior category - see below) or Red Courses. ( Senior category - see below), we encourage you to nominate for the team trials.

Details of what is required:

The ACT Team

An ACT student team will be selected, annually, to take part in the  Australian Schools Orienteering Championships (ASOC)   This year the Championships will be held in the Bathurst region, NSW.

The team will comprise of 4 competitors in 4 categories (8 girls, 8 boys) with up to 4 travelling reserves  (at the discretion of the ASOC Championship organisers each year)   Competition age categories: age is at 31st Dec in the year of competition. 

1. Junior Girls 15 years and under 

2. Senior Girls 16 years and over (open) 

2.  Junior Boys 15 Years and under

 4.  Senior Boys 16 years and over (open). 

SELECTION CRITERIA:  Students wishing to be considered for selection must: 

1.  Attend school in the ACT or be registered as an ACT school pupil (home schooling). Students must turn 12 years of age or older in the year of the competition. 

2.  Participate in the majority of the following Selection Events:







Commonwealth Park



Mt Ainslie Nth



The Pinnacle



Kowen Forest  LEAGUE EVENT



Red Hill

• Participation in at least 4 of the primary selection events is preferable. 

• Participation in at least one of the ACT League Events at Red Course standard is compulsory for Seniors. 

• Start times will be allocated to athletes who have nominated and selection courses will be run with a blind start; i.e maps will not be viewed before the allocated start time.

3.  Show commitment to the sport:

• Be an active member of an Orienteering ACT club.

• Demonstrate regular attendance at Saturday and ACT League Series events and other Squad activities. 

• Show willingness to participate in other events as well as the selection races to improve your skills and fitness.

4. Nominate no later than FRIDAY 2 June 2017 on the  ACT School Sport nomination page:    https://www.schoolsportact.asn.au

Please nominate well before the due date so we can have an up to date list of those trying out for the team. We look forward to receiving your nomination. If you have any questions or require more information please contact Andrew Cumming Thom 2017 ACT Team Manager 0419 246 444

School Sport ACT Nomination Process:

School Sport ACT now collects all registration information online – this is to prevent the movement to and fro of a paper note and have all information readily available to officials prior to the trial. As this process incurs a fee for data storage, system maintenance and admin a small $3 fee payment via credit card will be required.

1.       Go to the School Sport ACT website – www.schoolsportact.asn.au

2.       Click Register (top right corner of homepage) to create or access an Account – enter parent details and password

3.       A confirmation email will be sent to your chosen email that will contain a link that you must click on to verify the email account.

4.       Click Log In (top right hand corner of home page) enter password then click on top tab My Profile 5. You will see a ‘dashboard’ of your information, click green box to Add Student – enter student and medical details and save.

5.       Go to the Sports Tab – choose your specific sport, click on Trial Information box then click on the Register to Trial link.

6.       Select your child’s name from the dropdown box and then enter the optional fields for Playing History and Representative Experience.

7.       Make the $3 credit card payment then click to register.

8.       An automated email will then be sent to your Principal/School Approver for their approval to trial (no need to take anything to school for the Principal to sign).

9.       You will be able to see the process has been complete back in My Profile – once your Principal/School Approver has completed the approval process your child’s information will be collated onto a list for the Team Manager and Coach prior to trial.

10.   Note the registration process closes two days before the first trial date to allow sufficient time for approval and sharing of collated information

Blue Lightning News Archive
ACT Schools Orienteering Team Trials Information - 2017 Thursday, 18 May 2017 We encourage all keen school aged ACT Orienteers to trial for the ACT School Orienteering Team.
Anyone can nominate to be selected for the ACT schools team 2016 Friday, 13 May 2016 Sept 24 to Oct 2 in Queensland
Blue Lightning Wagga Wagga training camp Sunday, 17 April 2016 Blue Lightning Wagga Wagga training camp report
Blue Lightning Squad Performance Rewarded with Australian Honours Saturday, 4 October 2014 Members of the Blue Lightning squad have been justly rewarded for top performances
Training with a Focus on Girls - Monday at Radford College Friday, 3 October 2014 Published in April 2015 - Girls aged 10-15 years come on down. Girls group into its 10th month!!
Focus on Girls - General Info Friday, 3 October 2014 Coaching Info for girls aged 10 - 15
Girls Group Grows Friday, 26 September 2014 Girls and Maps! Embracing the challenge!
Focus on Girls Series 3 Thursday, 7 August 2014 FOCUS ON GIRLS Series 3 - Recommences this Friday 8 August Focus on Girls is a group training session specifically targetting girls.
FOG Series 2 Success (Focus on Girls – training for girls aged 10 -15 years) Tuesday, 1 July 2014 The key is fun and challenge, with a social aspect built in - result, attendance remains strong for FOG Series 2.
2014 ACT Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships Friday, 27 June 2014 Fifty three students competed for their schools in the ACT Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships. Ten ACT Secondary Schools/Colleges were represented.
ACT Schools Orienteering Team for 2014 Announced Monday, 23 June 2014 Announcement of the ACT Schools Orienteering Team to compete at the 2014 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in WA in October.
Final preparations for girls in training today- ready for ACT Secondary Schools Champs Wednesday, 21 May 2014 Last session most successful for Focus on Girls - mini training series training
Focus on Girls Tuesday, 13 May 2014 Focus on Girls - Girls (aged 10-15) of all experience levels are invited to a series of training sessions. Good prep for upcoming ACT Secondary Schools Championships and ACT Sprint Champs on Saturday 24 May at Bruce CIT Or just a great chance to meet some girls interested in Orienteering!
ASOC Selection Events Thursday, 27 June 2013 ACT Schools Orienteering Team to compete at 2013 Championships