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The Buzz – Bushflyers News September 2022


With the winter (AL) season, the Junior League and the ACT Championships (Middle and Long) now history, a number of us are looking forward to the Australian Championships in Victoria, only a few days away, and then to the coming Twilight season for us all.

We have been fortunate to have enjoyed a full program of orienteering this year, of course including the regular Metro, Classic and Mid-Week series and the MapRun Street Orienteering series.

Events – ACT

Since the publication of the last newsletter in June, we have had many Bushflyers competing in the ACT Championships.

  • ACT Middle Championships, 20 August, Pine Island. Results included:
    • 1. Ian de Jongh (M21AS); David Stocks (M20A); Geoffrey Dabb (M80A); Katherine Maunsell (W16A); Valerie Barker (W70A); Coral Dow (W65AS)
    • 2. Andrew Barnett (M21A); Jesse Piiroinen (M21AS); Matty Maundrell (M14A); Toby Lang (M20A); Justine Hobson (W20A); Alison Inglis (W55A); Jenny Hawkins (W70A); Nina Davis (WOpenB)
    • 3. Paul de Jongh (M21A); Naomi Penton (W14A); Alan Sergeant (M65AS)
  • ACT Long Championships, 21 August, Tidbinbilla. Results included:
    • 1. Andrew Barnett (M21A); Jesse Piiroinen (M21AS); Katherine Maundrell (W16A): David Stocks (M20A); Justine Hobson (W20A); Jenny Hawkins (W70A); Coral Dow (W65AS)
    • 2. Toby Lang (M20A); Alan Sergeant (M65AS)
    • 3. Natalie Miller (W20A); Blair Trewin (M50A)

Well done to all participants and to all place-getters; how good to see Geoffrey Dabb out again too! And welcome home (for a little while), to Andrew Barnett – vising from Finland.

Bushflyers Events

Bushflyers have been organising and presenting a number of events over the past few months, in both the Metro and AL (Classic) series.

Thank you very much to the following club members and their teams of helpers.

  • Metro Series: Junior League #11, Saturday 30 July, Stirling Park
    Course Planner – Paul de Jongh, Organiser – Ian de Jongh & Nina Davis
  • Metro Series: Junior League #12, Saturday 6 August, Remembrance Park
    Course Planner – Matt Stocks, Organiser – Stocks Family
  • ACT Championships ACT League #13, NSW SL #13, 21 August, Tidbinbilla
    Course Planner – Alison Inglis/Patrick Miler, Organiser – Chris Anderson

Coming Events

Australian Championships, Victoria, 24 September – 2 October

There are 27 Bushflyers competing in Victoria next week, in at least 20 different classes, in both the Australian Open Championships and the Australian Schools Championships. We wish them all good luck, clean runs, wonderful orienteering experiences, and opportunities to renew and develop friendships with our interstate competitors. The Bushflyers flag will be at all events. Please do join us!

Club events in the next few months

In the July newsletter, I noted the following information about the 2022/2023 calendar.

You will have received a request from Matt for your assistance in several scheduled events in the 2022/2023 Twilight Series. (As I write, we are very hopeful that we have a successor to Matt, to manage the roster. Watch this space…)

In particular, Bushflyers are responsible for:

  • Twilight #3, Campbell Park, 2 November 2022
  • Twilight #6, Majura West, 23 November 2022
  • Twilight #8, Mugga Mugga (off O’Malley), 7 December 2022
  • Twilight #13, Commonwealth Park, 22 February 2023
  • Twilight #14, Radford/Gossan Hill, 1 March 2023

I am sure that course setters, organisers and controllers/vetters are all still needed. Don’t worry if you haven’t taken on any of these roles before as we have lots of people who would be happy to help you out with the practicalities. The locations are locked in so let Matt know if there is somewhere else you would like to use and we can try to work something out. Contact him on .

And if you have recently indicated to Matt Stocks your interest in taking on a role for any of these events, thank you!!

Looking ahead – Easter 2023

The Easter 2023 Australian 3 Days (7 -10 April), will be brought to you by Orienteering ACT, who are looking forward to presenting a fun-filled carnival of events in the corroboree frog country of alpine NSW, in the Snowy-Cooma region.

Thank you to those Bushflyers who are taking on major roles in the carnival:

  • Matt Stocks & the Stocks family – Day 1 Course-planners
  • Valerie Barker – Day 3 Organiser
  • Ross Stewart – Day 3 Controller

We will be calling upon the assistance and support of all Bushflyers, especially on Day 3, of course. In the meantime, OACT is encouraging all prospective helpers and participants to book accommodation ahead early. The two main accommodation centres are Cooma and Jindabyne, but other smaller localities and villages may also offer suitable accommodation. Not only is the region a thriving tourist area, but the Snowy 2.0 project is also adding to accommodation pressures. Book early!

Other news

  • Do you subscribe to the OACT weekly e-bulletin? What about the Orienteering Australia monthly e-bulletin? Find the latest OA e-news, July 2022 here.
    As always, this edition has a wide range of articles to suit the interests of all orienteers. There are overviews of several of the major international events, in which we had Bushflyers competing, information about injury management, and an inspiring article on a (fellow) Kiwi, Lizzie Ingham, who lived her in Canberra some years ago and was involved in coaching a number of our (then) juniors.
  • I encourage you to subscribe to each of these bulletins, to enable you to keep up-to-date at both a local and a national level. They have so many links to interesting and inspiring articles, news items, YouTube videos, health and fitness advice…
  • And I continue to remind you that I have a range of Bushflyers’ clothing (O-tops and jackets mostly) for sale. The range of sizes is becoming a little limited, but we will still be able to meet the needs of quite a few of our members. Please check with me if you would like wear our Club colours.

Did you know…

Bushflyers has a Facebook page. “Like” our page and keep up to date with what’s happening in our club.

Keep safe; keep well; keep moving; and keep apart!

Valerie Barker (Club Convenor)

6251 5459 / 0410 151 554

For Bushflyers Orienteering – where no-one gets left on the bench!