Focus on Girls targets 10-14-year old girls and is delivered as a mini-series, i.e. 4 weeks only. Focus on Girls happens a couple of times a year, and aims to foster friendships amongst active outdoors girls and their families, as well as to inspire a love of orienteering. Some see it as a steppingstone as they progress towards the ACT Blue Lightning Squad, which welcomes juniors from 12 years onward.
In a shift from the regular Spring and Summer timing, FOG has just completed a successful four-week winter series with registrations remaining consistent – 17 sign-ups and, on average, 15 attendees each week.
The coaching this series has had a sprint/park O feel about it, as the girls worked their way around some more unusual locations – Academy Close and Duntroon Dairy to name but two.
Girls have come from 9 different schools with skill levels ranging from complete novice, to some clearly very skilled navigators. Around half of the girls are attending regular Saturday orienteering events while others are enjoying FOG as they patiently await the next SCORE school orienteering series.
All the girls now have the requisite skills to tackle any one of the many upcoming public events; and with the focus on sprint and park O, the girls are well placed to have a go at the current Sprint Series.