Red Hill with a Difference – Wednesday 9 December

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Enjoy orienteering on one of the best mapped areas in Canberra (courtesy of Bob Allison). Bring the chairs, rugs, nibbles and drinks and relax after the run, soaking in the amazing views as the sun sets over the Brindabellas.   

Yes, the Assembly Area and Start are at the top of Red Hill in a lovely grassed area with panoramic views over Woden Valley to the Brindabellas.

Parking is at the centre and northern end of the Red Hill summit ridgeline, leaving the southern end of the restaurant carpark for restaurant patrons. 

The Finish is lower on the western hillside so don’t worry about excessive climbs on the courses.  Actually the climbs on course are less than many of the courses set previously at Red Hill, using the normal lower Start locations.

Five courses are on offer:

Orange 1       5.5km, 21 controls

Orange 2       4.1km, 16 controls

Orange 3       2.8km, 10 controls

Green            2.3km, 11 controls

Blue              1.5km, 14 controls

The Orange 1 course provides a mix of short sharp legs broken up by several longer legs with plenty of route choices to consider. 

Orange 2 provides similar challenges but over a smaller area.

Orange 3 has been designed to provide route choices that avoid difficult fence crossings and steep climbs, but with enough challenge to make it interesting.

The Green course will suit a range of orienteering skills.  The more confident orienteers will be able to complete the course by going cross-country, whereas the less experienced can use linear features such as tracks, creeks, powerlines and fencelines. The Blue course returns to the Finish winding through beautiful bush. 

No need to bring cash. You can pay your entry fee via Eftpos at this event! 

SC-ORE School Orienteering – A “Starter Pack”

Friday, 4 December 2015

SC-ORE orienteering is a great entry level orienteering experience for children. This school safe series, held on Thursday mornings in Term 4 has generated exceptional enthusiasm amongst participants.

First trialled over 4 weeks in March 2015 and now repeated with some tweaks and improvements, the 4 weeks in November has seen 13 teams – (52 junior orienteers) put their bodies and brains to the test before the school bell tolled.


Above Centre: Presentations made by Junior Cockatoo Stephen Melhuish and Honours reps Ella Cuthbert and Caitlin Young. Held before school at a different school each week, teams (two boys and two girls) competed in a sprint relay format. It provides quick, quality feedback that encourages children to take the next step. It is hoped that this formula will ensure a transition into a lifelong love of outdoor adventure sports!! And the end result of the 4 weeks series – Aranda 1st, Campbell-4 2nd, Majura Blue 3rd.Well done!   And the final SCORES of the SC-ORE series are here

Pictured above L to R: Aranda team, Campbell -4 with teacher Libby Gerner, Majura Blue and all other Majura teams. More pictures on OACT Facebook.

Major Awards Presented to Two Couples

Monday, 30 November 2015


Photos, from the left: Michael Burt (OACT President), David Poland, Toni Brown, and Julie Sunley.

Orienteering ACT’s major awards were presented to two couples at the Annual Awards evening at the Southern Cross Yacht Club at Yarralumla on Sunday evening.

The prestigious Mike Cassells Award for Services to Orienteering in the ACT was presented to hard-working couple Toni Brown and David Poland.  Both Toni and David have prioritised, modelled and committed themselves to the active encouragement and development of children at all levels of their orienteering participation and progress.  Their commitment to such a range of opportunities has been significant in its breadth, its innovation and the generosity of the time and energy they have given to the multitude of tasks.

The equally prestigious Jim Sawkins Award for Event Management was presented to Julie and Sean Sunley (who unfortunately were not able to be present) who have single-handedly staged mountain bike orienteering events in the ACT for several years.  They have performed a wide range of tasks from course-planning through to managing all computer-related aspects of the sport.

The competitive aspects of the sport were also recognised at the Awards evening.  Jo Allison (pictured right) was announced as the Orienteer of the Year and consequential winner of the Wehner.  This was her fourth of the title. She first won the Cup in 1991, and then again in 1992 and 2007, but she has a little way to go to match Jenny Bourne who won the Cup six times from 1990 through to 2008. The complete points table is here.

The Bushflyers won the Southern Cross Inter-club Challenge for the 14th time in the 17 years that the competition has been staged. The points table for 2015 is here.

10 Audun Fristad Awards (the oldest continuously presented Orienteering awards in the ACT) which encouragement awards for juniors were presented to: Riley Lane (Parawanga), Justine Hobson (Bushflyers), Tamara Needham (Red Roos), Jennifer Kerr (Parawanga), David Stocks (Bushflyers), Braeden Jaugietis (Grammar Junior), Ben Hobson (Bushflyers), Brendan Wilson (Bushflyers), Joseph Wilson (Bushflyers), and Toby Lang (Bushflyers).

The Age Class winners were: Sub-junior: Patrick Miller, Ella Cuthbert; Junior Stephen Melhuish, Tara Melhuish; Elite: Matthew Crane, Jo Allison; Masters: Ari Piiroinen, Ana Herceg; Super-masters: Ian Prosser, Carol Harding; Improvers: Ryan Stocks, Zoe Melhuish.

Photos from the evening are on Facebook 

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