OACT Weekly Bulletin
15 March 2022

Upcoming Local Events Upcoming Major Events
Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics –
Entries Close Sunday
Runners Shop Sponsorship
Newcomers Welcome Person Sought OACT Shirts & Singlets Available to Order
2021 Award Recipients OACT COVID-19 Policy Updated 

Upcoming Local Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
19-21 Mar MapRun Street Series South Deakin 12pm 21 Mar Website
27 Mar Classic Series: ACT Relays Mugga Mugga 11:59pm 20 Mar Info Flyer
26-28 Mar MapRun Street Series Turner 12pm 28 Mar Website
2-3 Apr Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics Bungendore 11:59pm 20 Mar Bulletin 1

Full Event Calendar

ACT Relays, Sunday 27 March

With ACT League #1 postponed, the ACT Relays on Sunday March 27th will kick off the Classic Series for 2022. Abominable O-Men invite you to come out and challenge yourself to all 4 relay legs or make a team and run with your mates. If you can’t find teammates, the organisers will find them for you.

Moderate courses set on the Mt Mugga Mugga map at Isaacs Ridge Nature Park will provide for some great running in predominately “seed free” terrain and provide some entertaining route choices. What could be better than a morning out with family, friends or even strangers. The relay will comprise 4 legs. You can run 1, 2, 3 or 4 legs.

See the event information here.
Complete your entry here by Sunday March 20th.
Individual Easy and Very Easy courses also available.

Upcoming Major Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
25-27 Mar Australian MTBO Championships Kurri Kurri, NSW 20 Mar Bulletin 2
2-3 Apr Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics Bungendore, NSW 20 Mar Bulletin 1
15-18 Apr Easter 3 Days Kingaroy, QLD 25 Mar Website
Bulletin 1
21-24 Apr Gold Coast NOL Sprints Gold Coast, QLD 25 Mar Website
Bulletin 1
11-13 Jun Queen's Birthday Three Days Wagga Wagga, NSW 13 May Bulletin 1
24 Sep - 2 Oct Australian Championships Kyneton, Vic 31 Aug Website

Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics, 2-3 April

The Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics, which are National League and ACT League events, will be staged over the weekend of 2-3 April 2022 at two quality areas less than an hour from Canberra.

There will be two events:

  • Sat, 2 Apr: Middle distance at The Gib.
  • Sun, 3 Apr: Long distance at Birkenburn (previously known as 'The Sandhills')
Further information is available in the event bulletin. Enter via eventor. Entries close 20 March.

Easter 2022 and Gold Coast NOL Weekend, 15-24 April

Easter entries close in less than two weeks, don't miss out!
Four bush races over the Easter weekend (15-18 April) in the South Burnett region. Maps near Blackbutt, Kingaroy and Maidenwell. Five sprints the following weekend (21-24 April) on the Gold Coast.

Enter via Eventor. Normal entries close Friday 25 March, late entries close Friday 8 April.
Visit the website and check out Bulletin 1 for details.

2022 Queen's Birthday Three Days, 11-13 June

Entries are now open for QBIII 2022.
Waggaroos, NSW Stingers, and Orienteering ACT are combining to present three wonderful days of orienteering in the Riverina. Days 1 & 2 will be held in granite country, day 3 will be an exhilarating and intricate sprint on the Charles Sturt University campus.
All three days will be part of the ACT League and NSW State League.

Enter via Eventor. Entries close Friday 13 May.
See Bulletin 1 for details.

Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics – Entries Close Sunday

Entries will soon close for the 2022 Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics, which are National League and ACT League events, and will be staged over the weekend of 2-3 April.

There will be two exciting races:

  • Saturday’s middle distance in detailed granite at Gibraltar Hill, just south-east of Bungendore.
  • Sunday’s long distance in gully/spur terrain at Birkenburn Farm, approximately 20 km east of Bungendore.

Further information is available in the event bulletin.
Enter via eventor here.
Entries close this Sunday, 20 March.

Runners Shop Sponsorship

Orienteering ACT thanks The Runners Shop at Phillip for their continued sponsorship and support for orienteering in the ACT, including offering discounts to OACT members. When buying your next pair of running shoes or running apparel please drop in and see Nick and his team at Phillip. If you can’t make it to Phillip check out their product range at; The Runners Shop Canberra.

Newcomers Welcome Person Sought

A Newcomers Welcome Person is sought for the Saturday Metro Series starting on Saturday 30th April.
Orienteering can be a daunting sport for newcomers. The purpose of this role is to welcome newcomers to our sport and to be a familiar face from week to week to assist newcomers as they learn our sport.  A mark of success will be to see newcomers returning for event after event.

This is a paid position and would suit a friendly outgoing person who can attend most (but not necessarily all) of the Metro Series events. The role is suited to someone who has had least 12 months orienteering experience and who is willing to provide introductory guidance and encouragement to newcomers. You will have the opportunity to take part in all the events if you wish. There is a small amount of equipment to be taken and set up for each event: a table, banner, poster and promotion material. The Newcomers Welcome Person would be asked to provide regular updates to the OACT Board.

If multiple suitable nominations are received, OACT may select more than one person for the role, enabling one person to remain at the Assembly Area while a second person accompanies Newcomers to the Start and shadows them for the first controls. 

Please email expressions of interest to the OACT Office ( by Friday 8th April. 

OACT Shirts & Singlets Available to Order

Orienteering ACT running shirts and singlets are now available for purchase by members. There is no better way to represent your favourite orienteering association at parkruns, fun runs, or while out training.

Stock is limited, so get in quick to reserve your size. Don't forget to renew your OACT membership or join for 2022 before placing your order, non-member orders will be cancelledPre-ordered shirts are expected to arrive and be available for collection in the next few weeks.

You can view the styles and sizing, and place your order, via the OACT website.

2021 Award Recipients

The 2021 Orienteering ACT awards presentations were conducted at the conclusion of the final Runners Shop Twilight Series at Narrabundah Hill on Wednesday 2 March 2022.

Major Awards

Tara Melhuish (Services to Coaching) and Lawrie Brown (Jim Sawkins Award for Event Management) were each recognised for their services to coaching and event management respectively.

Wehner Cup

For the first time in its 31-year history the Wehner Cup for ACT Orienteer of the Year, based on the top scores in the ACT League, was tied. The joint winners were Grant Bluett and Matthew Crane. The final 2021 ACT League standings are here.

Audun Fristad Awards

Audun Fristad junior encouragement awards were presented to:

  • Elye Dent
  • Connor Dent
  • Hayden Dent
  • Joshua Mansell
  • Oliver Bishop
  • Alice Radajewski
  • Sanda Halpin
  • Ariadna Iskhakova

Congratulations to all award recipients. The complete list of 2021 award recipients and citations is available here.

OACT COVID-19 Policy Updated

The Orienteering ACT COVID-19 Policy has been updated to reflect recent changes to the ACT health guidelines. In particular, please note the following rules:
Rule #1: Use Check In CBR app if required 
From 11 February 2022 it is no longer necessary to use the app on arrival at pre-registered outdoor OACT events.

Rule #2: Stay at home if:

  • you are unwell, even if you only have very mild symptoms
  • you have been in contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 until any required isolation period is over, or
  • you are subject to other restrictions as listed on the Government COVID-19 websites.

Rule # 3: Use COVID-smart behaviours
COVID smart behaviours - COVID-19 (
  • From 26 February 2022 gathering limits no longer apply to outdoor events* and masks are not required to be worn*, but masks may still be required in some settings (for example at schools) even if they are not required at community OACT events.

* If this changes, follow directions applying at that time on the relevant Government websites. 
Physical distancing means separating yourself from other people as much as possible (about 1.5 metres apart) when you’re in public places.

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Orienteering ACT wishes to acknowledge the custodians of this land, the Ngunnawal people and their Elders past and present. We are honoured to be able to hold events on the ancestral lands of the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge the First Australians as the traditional custodians of this land, whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history. We pay respect to the Elders of the community and extend our recognition to and welcome their descendants who both take part in our events and have joined us as members.

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