SPRING SC-ORE School Orienteering - Registrations Open

Monday, 21 August 2017



SPRING SC-ORE School Orienteering - Term 4 series starts Thursday 19 October.

4-person relay -  2 Boys and 2 Girls school years 3 to 6 make up a team. 



Stage 1: North Ainslie Primary School - 19 Oct

Stage 2: Ngunnawal Primary School – 26 Oct

Stage 3: Emmaus Primary School, Dickson – 2 Nov

Stage 4: St Thomas More’s Primary School, Campbell – 9 Nov

Four Thursday Mornings EARLY – 8am - to get those brains and bodies going!

Primary school students from anywhere in Canberra & surrounds welcome.

Cost: $20 for the 4-week series. Entries close: 22 September.

More Details can be found HERE   

Check out the  2 minute SC-ORE video 

Register your child HERE

Please email schools@act.orienteering.asn.au if you have any questions

Ski -O Success!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Red Roos Fedor and Marina Iskhakov/a set great courses with challenging route choices. Excellent ski conditions meant that short cuts off track were a real option saving up to 60 seconds on some legs. The trick was to decide which corners were worth cutting!

Participants came from 4 states and Canada and Switzerland with 50 people in total. The Snogaine and Kids Snow Treasure Hunt sections proved popular. Some even competed in snowshoes – a minor handicap if you were competitive but no handicap for enjoyment.  

Pictures are here

Results and splits here

Look out for next year’s Ski Orienteering Champs in early August and we hope to hold a “practice’ event two weeks before with some ski instruction for non- skiers

2017 Wildfire Winter Classics Offer Rare Challenges

Monday, 14 August 2017


Entries close via Eventor at 11.59 pm on Wednesday 16 August 2017.  No late entries can be accepted 

The 2017 Wildfire Winter Classics, which are both National League and ACT League events, will offer regular orienteers rare challenges over the weekend of 26-27 August. 

Wildfire Sports Sponsorship Prizes.  Wildfire Sports have kindly offered a series of prizes including a headlamp, hydration vests, sporting clothing, etc. These will be available for the first two placegetters on each of the four elite classes on both days.

The Wildfire Sports Ultralong (National Orienteering League # 11; ACT League # 9) will be held at The Gib (Gibraltar Hill) ) a steep, boulder-strewn high hill a few kilometres south-east of Bungendore on Saturday 26 August.  The courses for the National League classes will be ultralong and other Hard (Red) courses will be similar in length to Long Distance Championships.  All Hard courses will have mass starts.  As the number of Hard courses is limited some of the class groupings will differ from the usual groupings.  The map will be The Gib at 1:10,000 with 5 metre contours. The map was first used for the 2013 Australian Middle Distance Championship and used for a couple of ACT events since then.

The Wildfire Sports Galaxy (National Orienteering League # 12; ACT League # 10) will be held at Aranda Snow Gums, William Hovell Drive ACT, 6 kilometres west of the Canberra GPO.  It will be a matched-race for pairs of competitors with multiple loops undertaken in different order by the two competitors. For each course, competitors will have a common final loop or a common last control.  NOL matches would be based on NOL rankings as at 1 August and competitors seeded accordingly.  Competitors will start in reverse order to their rankings, with the highest ranked pair starting last. The designed winning time will be 25 minute winning time. Starts will be at one minute intervals. The same format will apply to the other Hard classes, with competitors matched on the basis of being in the same or a comparable Age Class. Other classes will have standard formats.

The map will be Aranda Snow Gums 2017 at 1:5,000, with 2.5 metre contours.  It is a new map of an area which is predominantly gully spur terrain with several significant erosion gullies. It includes areas of farmland that is no longer grazed and areas of wooded forest. There are numerous dams on the map and large marshy sections. 

The full details for the events are set out in the 2017 Winter Classics Info Sheet.

“Cockatoos” set courses for Wanniassa Hills - Sat 12 Aug.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Abominable Cockatoos, Belinda and Ian Lawford have put pen to paper and produced some challenging courses on Wanniassa Hills.

Venture south for some stunning views and courses starting from the less frequented South Western corner of the map.

In a possible first for OACT, the very easy (Blue) and easy (Green) courses visit completely different areas of the map. A short moderate (Orange 3) course of just 2km is on offer for those more mature orienteers looking to avoid the rocky slopes or others just looking for a good view over the Brindabellas.

So pack a lunch, join the locals and head south on Saturday for an Abominably  awesome event.

Double-header Begins Lead Up to Australian Championships

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

This weekend’s double-header begins the lead up to the 2017 Australian Championships.  The events being offered are:

  • 2017 Saturday Metro & Junior League event # 11 at Remembrance Park, and
  • 2017 ACT League event # 8, a Bush Sprint Distance at Mt Taylor, which will be a good lead up event for ACT League # 10 Aranda Snow Gums on 27 August.

Saturday Metro & Junior League # 11.  Bushflyers course planner Peter Antcliff has prepared courses that provide a variety of leg lengths on the Orange courses with blend of short legs, interspersed with long legs offering route choices.  The course details are here. The Junior League standings after 9 rounds are here.

ACT League # 8.  Red Roos course planner Michael Burt has designed a menu of seven courses on a Sprint Distance map at a scale of 1:5000.  Of the four Red courses the Red 1, Red 2 and Red 3 courses involve loops. The Red 1 course uses a two sided map with a map flip part way around the course.  All Red course maps will be handed out at the start.  More details about the event are here.

2017 ACT League Standings.  The 2017 ACT League/Wehner Cup competition has passed the mid-point and competitors have only four more events to improve the standings, the current points table is here. The top five competitors, with their best four scores from six events are:

  • Zoe Melhuish (pictured with the Jim Sawkins Classic Shield for which she won Division 2 in 2017) 529 points
  • Tristan Miller 517
  • Matthew Crane 515
  • Ella Cuthbert 514
  • Tara Melhuish 513

The final scores will be based on competitors’ best six scores from 10 events, with the final event being the 2017 ACT Long Distance Championships at Glendale on Sunday 17 September.

ACT Schools Team.  The ACT team to contest the 2017 SSA Orienteering Championships has been named and congratulations to the 20 students who have been named to defend the title won by the ACT in 2016.

Kowen Forest this Sunday, 23 July. ACT League Event.

Monday, 17 July 2017

It’s almost seven weeks since the last ACT League event, so put on those running shoes and head out to Kowen Forest this Sunday, 23 July, for a good hit out on those longer and Red courses. Orange, Green and Blue courses, catering for all levels, are also available. 

Score some points for yourself  in the ACT League competition and for your club in the Inter Club challenge. 

This is also a selection race for the ACT Schools team for the Australian Championships in Sept/Oct.

Tony Garr from Parawanga Orienteers has done an amazing job at setting interesting and technical courses for all levels. Don’t miss them!

Organisers’ Observations from Farrer Ridge 12 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Here is the Course Planner waiting (in the shade) for customers to arrive

These are the “OO” moments (Organisers’ Observations) from the Wednesday lunchtime event at Farrer Ridge on 12 July.

The weather was beautiful (well, for mid winter it was) prompting 43 people to hit the slopes of Farrer Ridge.

Some people were sampling the friendly, low tech Wednesday lunchtime orienteering for the first time. They included people from Street Orienteering, Map Mates and some very long time orienteers who had just never got around to it. There were even some interstate “interlopers” who are becoming regulars at OACT events.

The extensive seating provided by the organisers for marking up maps was appreciated ie the cavaletti or wooden ‘stepovers’ for horses situated at many Canberra Nature Parks; see photo on right.  More photos and the maps at Facebook.

All participants claimed they enjoyed the experience, even if they missed the occasional control(s) for varying reasons; see results. Some of the explanations for missing controls were entertaining like having the map oriented at control 5 so that you read control 9 as control 6 and hence navigated from control 5 to control 9 (and then deciding it was not worth going to 6)!

Lesson of the day was:

If you get another person to mark up your map, then you really should check it yourself. Especially if it was your mother!

Next week's event is in the far North at Mt Rogers with Bill Jones preparing the courses and he will back up on the following Saturday (21 July) as the course planner for Saturday Metro & Junior League event # 9 at The Pinnacle.  And for the keen competitors, on the next day they can go Tony Garr's ACT League event # 7 at Kowen East on Sunday 22 July.

John & Ann Scown

Follow our Aussie Orienteering Stars on the World Stage

Thursday, 6 July 2017

The Australian Team for the World Orienteering Championships (including our own Matt Crane & Belinda Lawford ) are now in Estonia competing at WOC!. Competition started on Friday with the sprint qualification. You can follow the team in several ways:

**And you can follow ACT's Tara Melhuish and the rest of the team preparing for JWOC, on their blog **
  JWOC Webpage
  JWOC Facebook page

Mt Ainslie North next Saturday - Start July on a High!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017









There is still one more ACT Metro and Junior League event before the two week break over the ACT school holidays!

Parawanga Orienteers will be hosting Round 8 at Mt Ainslie North next Saturday, 01 Jul '17.

This event is part of the School Team selection trials series and there will be two Red courses available (limited extra maps so first in first served) along with the usual Orange, Green & Blue options.

The course setter, Jon Glanville, and vetter Nathan Guinness (with helper Aidan) caught up at the Farrer Ridge event last Saturday to discuss the finer details of the excellent courses Jon has prepared!

New OACT Logo

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Orienteering ACT is currently developing a new website and as part of that process we are going to get a new logo! The OACT board members have narrowed down the new logo to three possible designs, and we would love YOU to vote for your favourite. If you are interested in the rationale behind two of the concepts, please see here


Vote for your favourite logo: Online Poll

Commonwealth Park - Inner city map always fun for families and fast runners

Friday, 16 June 2017

Anticipate a fine but cool 14 degrees for Saturday at Commonwealth Park. Good luck with the sprint format courses set by Junior Bushflyer Caitlin Young (pictured left). Thanks to Jo (pictured right) and Andrew Hobson for event organising this weekend.  As this is also a selection event for our ACT schools representative team, show your support for our juniors by buying up big at the cake stall this Saturday. Cakes are home baked and always full of orienteering wisdom. Thanks to Tom de Jongh for photos. 

Young and Old Share the Honours in Jim Sawkins Classic

Monday, 5 June 2017

Photos from left: Jim Sawkins Classic Shield, Grant Bluett, Zoe Melhuish

Honours were shared by young and old in the 2017 Jim Sawkins Classic.  Grant Bluett, one of the oldest competitors on the Red 1 course won Division 1 on age/gender handicap and Zoe Melhuish among the youngest on the Red 2 and 3 courses won Division 2 on age/gender handicap.

The 10th Jim Sawkins Classic was held on Sunday 4 June 2017 to commemorate the life and death of Red Roos and OACT stalwart Jim Sawkins at Goorooyaroo on Sunday 4 June 2006.  The Classic started as a low key event on Sunday 6 July 2008 and the ‘rules’ for the event have been gradually refined to increase its status.  The Red Roos are now in a position to establish firm rules for the Classic.

Just on 100 competitors faced the Starter, with four courses having Mass starts, two with optional Mass starts on a single course and two courses with normal starts.  Red 3 course with 40 starters attracted the largest field.  Course planner Mark Gregson prepared challenging courses which required competitors on the Red and Orange courses to observe careful navigation and to check their control numbers; some of whom did not and they paid the price.

The links to results, splits and related competitions are: 

The next ACT League event will be at Kowen East on Sunday 23 July.

The Jim Sawkins Classic capped off a great weekend of Orienteering in the ACT with the Saturday Metro event at Black Mountain attracting a record number of entries, 254, and a record number of participants, 298, for a metropolitan event.  The courses prepared by junior, Brendan Wilson, attracted praise from many competitors. The results and related items are: 

The next Saturday Metro event will be at Commonwealth Park on Saturday 17 June.

Double header this weekend. Start at the heart, Black Mtn and venture east to Jim Sawkins Classic - Ratall Creek - Sunday 4 June

Monday, 29 May 2017

Brendan the Bushflyer - a sure bet! Expect something a little different 
from the setting this Saturday as another of our juniors, 15 year old Bushflyer Brendan Wilson (pictured) works his magic on this central Canberra map of Black Mountain. Brendan has been orienteering for a number of years now and Bushflyers are proud to be supporting another junior to step up into this very important role. With a mostly sunny day predicted, this event is certainly worth getting out of bed for.

Then watch out, there's a Hagaby about!

Hagaby is a mass-start multi-loop style event. This year Red Roos are bringing you the Jim Sawkins Classic from Ratall Creek near Bungendore. The event will include a selection trial for the ACT Schools Team. Mark Gregson has devised a challenging combination of courses for the those vying for the Division 1 (Red 1) and Division 2 (Red 2, 3 excl M21) awards.

Full details of the competition arrangements and scoring system here.  Please enter by 31 May on Eventor here

Please note: Car parking is available on both sides of the Kings Highway near the event start, but this is at the top of a crest at the end of a high speed overtaking lane. Please take care when entering and leaving the parking zones and crossing the highway.

National Orienteering League - Round 5

Monday, 29 May 2017

Orienteering Australia and Orienteering ACT invites orienteers, beginners and spectators to a weekend of first class orienteering. Come and enjoy an Ultralong and Match-race Sprint in one weekend!

The Ultralong will be held on complex granite terrain at The Gib. The bush sprint will be held in lightly forested, erosion gully terrain on a new map known as Aranda Snow Gums.

Click here for details:  NOL Invitation - Aug 2017.pdf

World Orienteering Day - Canberra leads the way - This Wednesday

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

THIS  WEDNESDAY 24th May is World Orienteering Day. Join in one of the 12 events happening all over the ACT and local surrounds. Indoors / Outdoors / Street / Bush / Daytime / Night time / Workplace / School / Local park  - there is something for everyone to join in for this fun World Record Breaking Attempt.    - see events page.

Canberra will stage the first event in the world at 12.01 am at Haig Park. There will be an exciting before work event in the Parliamentary Triangle, lunch time events at Mt Ainslie and indoors at a multi story building in  Queanbeyan and an evening with headlights event. Martin Dent former Olympian will attend and Orienteering Australia President Blair Trewin will attempt to partake in WOD events in Qld, ACT, NSW and Vic all in the one day. Visit worldorienteeringday.com 

There are also several private events - at a Salvation Army Rehabilitation Centre, at private islamic schools, at public schools ,at private anglican schools, and at workplaces. Can anyone try and attend all twelve public events on the one day? ( Antarctica excluded ) A small prize is on offer to whoever can attend the most WOD events in Canberra region.

Pictured below are the hardy souls who attended the midnight event in Haig Park. 


For info about The August NOL Event in Canberra and other stories - please scroll down below . 

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