SA Orienteers at the Australian 3 Days near Orange

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The Easter Carnival was centred on Orange, NSW, this year after a twelve month deferral due to Covid 19.

The Sprint was held at Charles Sturt University, with excellent results from Olivia Sprod second, Abigail George third, and notable performances from Angus Haines, Joanna George, Jenny Casanova, Toby Cazzolato, Max Grivell and Ethan Penck.

Then it was into the rocks and bush of the Three Days, and what an orienteering test it was. Day One on Noah's Ark was a great introduction to what was to follow on the Gumble Pinnacles the next two days. Considering the number of " did not finish " and long course times, this map arguably certainly lived up to be one of the most challenging in Australia. To finish at all could be considered by some a success, (myself included), and I noticed many miserable participants wandering aimlessly around in a sea of large boulders. Many courses did not achieve the expected winning times, even when experienced orienteers had relatively mistake free runs, and many competotors chose to abandon their courses on Day 2 ( much greater number than normal for this early season event).

Nevertheless there were great performances from South Australians, being: Emily Sorensen first and Joanna George fourth in Women 20 Elite, Toby Cazzolato first in Men 18 Elite, Olivia Sprod second in Women 21 Elite, Lachlan Hallett first in the Sledge, Jenny Casanova third in W45A, and very good efforts by Abigail George, Teri McCoomb, Leila Henderson, Susanne Casanova, Ethan Penck, Steve Cooper, Dante Afnan, Angus Haines, Max Grivell, Andrew McCoomb, Robert Kriesl and Robert Smith.

All resutls are available in Eventor and you can view courss in the LiveLox link (although you need to be a subscriber to run full replays of those who have uplaoded their routes).

Photos of some SA orienteers by Evalin here - https://evalinmae.smugmug.com/Orienteering/NOL-2-SA-Orienteers/

Well done NSW - Rob Tucker President OSA

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New Resources for Delivering Orienteering in Schools

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In 2020, Orienteering Australia developed a National Sporting Schools Orienteering Curriculum. The two new and exciting programs, for Primary School (Years 3-6) and Secondary School (Years 7-8) students, will from Term 2, 2021. The program delivery guide and resources were created in a rigorous review process, culminating in pilot programs run across Australia. The feedback from these pilots was outstanding, with teachers blown away about how orienteering could get an entire group participating. It was often noted that students who never participated in other sports not only participated, but excelled!

Both offerings (Primary and Secondary) have been designed to give students the opportunity to sample a fun, safe and inclusive, modified Orienteering program on-site, in their school environment. They incorporate a series of user-friendly activities and support resources, which seamlessly align to the Australian Curriculum (Health and Physical Education and Mathematics), the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching and the Australian Physical Literacy Framework using engaging, group-based, modified Orienteering activities as the vehicle for learning. Furthermore, there are endless opportunities for variation and progression, with activities such as electronic timing, orienteering course setting and route choice analysis providing engaging and educational extension to the program.

The new materials will allow orienteering to be delivered by not only qualified orienteering coaches, but also by teachers with little or no Orienteering experience. As part of the orienteering in schools packages available, all delivery support resources, training, maps and equipment can be provided. Orienteering uniquely challenges participants both physically and mentally, being suitable for EVERY school and EVERY student!

Do you know of a school that may be interested in undertaking an Orienteering program? If so encourage them to visit the Orienteering page on the Sporting Schools website, where funding is available for both primary and targeted secondary school programs. They can also find out more at the Sporting Schools page on Orienteering SA website.

Are you interested in being involved in delivery of school orienteering programs using these new resources?  Contact the OSA Schools coordinator using the email button at the bottom of the OSA Sporting Schools web page.  OSA can provide coaches to deliver thsi program and produce an orienteering map like the example below through the Sporting Schools program.

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February Feast of Scintillating Sprinting

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The Southern Arrows delivered the most successful Snap Sprint Series of the past 10 years, on Friday nights during February. This was the 10th edition of the series, which started in 2012 as a fundraiser for South Australia’s elite orienteering squad (subsidising uniforms and entries for National Orienteering League races) and which provides orienteers with opportunities to socialise and compare splits, I mean undertake essential practice for the SA Sprint Championships.

Events and attendances were:

Flinders University – 92 competitors
Underdale – 68 competitors (experiencing a flooded River Torrens, thanks to the weir’s outflow, including a flooded bridge to the start)
Belair – 112 competitors (many of whom enjoyed the Escapegoat MTB café afterwards)
Semaphore Park – 69 competitors

All courses can be seen on Route Gadget - http://ospot.xyz/gadget/rg2/

Underdale Start

The Arrows would like to thank Onkaparinga Hills Orienteering Club for the use of their maps and Snap Printing for subsidising the printing, and of course we thank everyone for turning up each Friday.

Wallaringa Orienteers hosted the South Australian Sprint Orienteering Championships on February 28th, using a new map at Roseworthy Agricultural College thanks to the University of Adelaide, mapped by David George for Tintookies Orienteers. 100 competitors appeared to enjoy Jenny Casanova’s crisscrossing courses – including controls ‘hidden’ inside the stables, planted into a hay bale, and at the top of the stairs in the oval grandstand; if you haven’t uploaded your route (chosen or inadvertent) yet, it’s not too late to do so at: http://ospot.xyz/gadget/rg2/#219

M21A was won by Angus Haines in a time of 15:13, his first victory at senior level, while Lanita Steer and Olivia Sprod tied for first place in W21A and Bridget Uppill powerwalked the W21 course at 37 weeks’ pregnant! 21A Placegettes are here:

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Full results here: https://eventor.orienteering.asn.au/Events/ResultList?eventId=11049&groupBy=EventClass Event Organiser Tony Roberts plus Controller Aylwin Lim (TJ) ensured that the event ran smoothly, and it was pleasing that so many orienteers stayed around for the presentations in the hope of receiving Fruchocs from WA president Tyson Hillyard.  Wallaringa is a small club, but we punch above our weight, and even the 3-year-old volunteered to collect controls afterwards 😊

2020 Orienteering Reflections

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Twilight Series and Sprint Series – the January – February events were completed on schedule, including a Spring Weekend coinciding with Australian Day where our visiting US coach Evalin Brautigan ran 3 days of sprint competition including a knockout sprint on the Sunday.  The “sprinting” culminated with the Sprint Championships at Waite where Dante Afnan set some challenging sprint courses.

A number of South Australians then attended the Melbourne Sprint Weekend on the March Long Weekend, coinciding with the start of the start of the toilet paper hoarding and other panic buying in the shops.  Bridget Uppill and Olivia Sprod were 2nd and 3rd in the overall results in W21E, Simon Uppill was 6th in M21E.  Two weeks later an event in the South Parklands, held in conjunction with the OSA AGM, was the last scheduled event until mid-June. With COVID-19 lockdowns, all events were cancelled until after the June Long Weekend, with any decision on further events deferred until that time.

No restrictions were placed on individuals or family groups undertaking outdoor exercise, so a number of MapRunF courses were tested and established, including on some additional map areas – West Parklands and the adjacent cemetery and Wittunga Botanic Gardens at Blackwood.  These courses were available for orienteers to do in their own time, and are still available on the OSA website here.

With the Australian Three Days cancelled, Brodie Nankervis organized a Easter challenge including a fixed time tempo run, a Strava art challenge and a hill climb, for people to do in their home locations and submit the results.  Australian animal Strave Art by Evalin and Angus in the South Parklands and Bridget and Simon's Mona Lisa at Blackwood Park and surrounds


As restrictions eased in early June, orienteering events were planned to recommence after the June Long weekend.  The Flinders 3 days of events were cancelled over the June Long Weekend, however a few orienteers still camped at Rawnsley and ran some long self-timed score events (example below by Robin and Adrian Uppill at Prelinna). Bridget Uppill also planned 2 hour score events on maps closer to Adelaide for orienteers to do in their own time. In fact Bridget created this as an Australia wide competition, across the country more than 70 completed the event, with SA the winning state with the highest number of “controls” visited per person!

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After the June Long Weekend events resumed as pre-entry only, starting with Foot and MTBO Score event at Anstey Hill.  For the descriptions of the some of the courses at the events refer to an article in the December SA Newsletter. Despite the requirement for pre-entry, a number of new comers and non-members appeared at many events. Highlights included the club relays at Wirra Wirra, the SA Long Championships on an updated Narrinyeri Hills map, the 3 day weekend near Wilpena – rescheduled from the June Long Weekend.  As NSW residents were able to visit SA at this time, we event saw some interstate visitors at this very well attended weekend, which saw both challenging orienteering and weather.

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A Halloween event in the West Parklands including the cemetery was run by our coach Evalin, followed by the start of the Twilight Series in mid-November in the South Parklands However due to a small outbreak of COVID-19 in Adelaide, 2 of the 5 pre-Christmas events were cancelled, but 2 more successful events were held at Oaklands and the Northeast Parklands.

Orienteering in 2021 is planned to include the Australian Three Days at Orange and the Australian Championships in Tasmania – both deferred from 2021.  An NOL event is planned for SA in the Riverland on the Anzac Day weekend.  Hopefully orienteers can enjoy these and many other events – competitive and otherwise, in 2021.

Robin Uppill

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