Blue Sparks Orienteering News

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More detail about Blue Sparks and an annual calendar can be found at the bottom of this page here.  

Celebrating Winter Map Mates & Looking Forward to the Summer Season

Sunday, 21 August 2016


The winter MapMates competition wound up with a presentation BBQ on 25 June. Special thanks goes to our volunteer trainers: Nathan, David, Andrew and Edith who gave their time to provide two sessions of training each week, covering topics from orientating the map, to sprint map techniques and contouring. Well done to all the MapMates who completed the busy five week program! Our trainers reported that the enthusiastic teams were fantastic to coach.

The seven  MapMates teams came up with some terrifically imaginative names:  The Dazzling Duo, HawkHikers, Map-leys, The Dukes of Hackett, Terminators, Mountain Climbers and M&Ms. All team improved significantly over the competition and in the final weeks, four of the seven teams challenged themselves further by stepping up a level in course difficulty - we even had teams that ran Orange courses! On the last week of competition, MapMates took out 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the Blue course in Mens Junior (MJ), ably assisted by their team mates. In a close competition, the HawkHikers were the MapMates victors by only five points. When interviewed, the HawkHikers thanked their parents for helping them achieve consistent results by bringing them to Orienteering each week and by ensuring they completed their homework for extra points!

The MapMates registration fee entitled competitors to attend the rest of the Saturday Metro events for free! It has been great to see MapMates continuing to attend Saturday Metro events and taking advantage of the Blue Sparks training sessions run each Saturday from 10:15am. A few MapMates parents, who have 'caught the bug', have also been seen running their own courses. In short, the MapMates competition was a great success again this winter.

The summer MapMates competition will commence with a welcome event on 12 October
then run for a further four weeks. MapMates registration will again entitle competitors to run all events in the Twilight season. MapMates training sessions cover orienteering fundamentals such as orientating the map, map symbols, planning each leg and 'thumbing the map', as well as specific tips tailored to the particular map at each event. The emphasis is on fun, adventure and learning new skills, so grab a mate or two and register on line. All details and registration info will be available here very soon

News items summary
Celebrating Winter Map Mates & Looking Forward to the Summer Season Sunday, 21 August 2016 The winter MapMates competition wound up with a presentation BBQ on 25 June.
Detailed Annual Blue Sparks Calendar for 2015 Thursday, 19 March 2015 Updated every term. Click here.
Eventor Ten Step Entry Guide Thursday, 1 January 2015 How to enter using Eventor
Logos and useful things Thursday, 1 January 2015 This page is an administrative page. It has logos and other useful items
Blue Sparks Training Camp 22 & 23 November 2014 Friday, 14 November 2014 Partnerships (and friendships) ignite with ACT/NSW Training Camp
Map Mates Oct 2014 Tuesday, 30 September 2014 Spring
Girls Group Grows Friday, 26 September 2014 Girls and Maps! Embracing the challenge!
Easter 2016 Logo Competition Tuesday, 16 September 2014 Two prizes for kids and adults
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.
2013 Blue Sparks Annual Camp Monday, 2 December 2013 7th Annual Blue Sparks Camp - on a real orienteering map this year
Map Mates Winter 2014 Sunday, 1 December 2013 Yes Map mates will resume in May 2014
2013 October Map Mates registration now open on line Tuesday, 3 September 2013 Registrations open.
2013 Orienteering Training Opportunity. Hurry. Limited Spaces. Wednesday, 6 February 2013 Limited opportunities are being offered to improve your orienteering
2012 ACT Primary School Orienteering Championships Wednesday, 28 November 2012 236 primary children get out into the bush, trails and tales of mystery, delights in a strong home run, celebrations of victory with an Aussie Champion
2012 Annual Xmas BBQ Sat 1 Dec 4 pm to 8 pm Wednesday, 28 November 2012 Annual Xmas BBQ Sat 1 Dec 4 pm to 8 pm at Casuarina Sands.
2012 Blue Sparks Training Camp - 70 Bodies Bash about the Bush, Mud and Map Landscapes, Camp Champs, Icecream Delights in the Woods! Wednesday, 28 November 2012 The 6th Annual ACT Blue Sparks 2012 training camp was again a resounding success...
2013 ACT Primary School Orienteering Championships Thursday, 22 November 2012 The date for the 2013 ACT Primary School Orienteering Championships has been set as Wednesday Nov 20
2012 Map Mates Wednesday, 14 November 2012 Map Mates is a competition for teams of 2 - 4 kids who are under 13.
2012 Blue Sparks Annual Camp Friday, 2 November 2012 The annual Blue Sparks Camp is a great way for Blue Sparks kids to get their friends together and have even more fun orienteering and camping in the bush