OACT Weekly Bulletin
7 June 2022

Upcoming Local Events Upcoming Major Events
QBIII, Wagga Wagga, 11-13 June NSW Junior Training Camp, 6-10 July 
Aus O Events: an iOS app for events Juniors Invited to Join the AAIDT
at the Australian Championships
2022 OACT AGM OACT Board Shorts, May 2022
Blue Lightning Junior Coaching Australian Schools Orienteering Team
- 2022 Nominations
OACT Shirts & Singlets Available  

Upcoming Local Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
Wed 8 Jun Midweek Series Black Mountain North 12pm 8 Jun Website
Wed 15 Jun Midweek Series Black Mountain Peninsula 12pm 15 Jun Website
Sat 18 Jun Metro Series: Junior League #7 TBA 5pm 17 Jun Website
 18-20 Jun MapRun Street Series Weston 12pm 20 Jun Website

Full Event Calendar

*Season Passes are still available for the Street Series and Metro Series.

Changes to the ACT Classic Series Calendar

The Classic Series event at Castle Hill will now be held on Sunday 17 July. The event planned at Stringybark Hill on that day has been postponed to a yet to be determined date later in the year.

Upcoming Major Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
11-13 Jun Queen's Birthday Three Days Wagga Wagga, NSW Closed Final Bulletin
Sun 26 Jun ACT Sprint Distance Championships AIS Bruce TBA Eventor
Sun 14 Aug ACT & NSW Ski-O Championship Perisher, NSW 12 Aug Flyer
24 Sep - 2 Oct Australian Championships Kyneton, Vic 31 Aug Website
7-12 Jan 2023 Oceania Championships Tasmania 2 Dec Website

2022 ACT & NSW Ski-Orienteering Championship, Perisher, 14 August

The 2022 ACT & NSW Ski-Orienteering Championship will be held at Perisher Valley on Sunday 14th August, organised by Red Roos, Big Foot and Perisher X Country. This event forms part of XC Ski week ( with the start in front of the beautiful, warm and special Nordic Shelter at Perisher. Everyone who loves or dreams of trying Skiing or Orienteering, will be able to take an opportunity to combine both skills and to take part in our exciting Championship. It will be the 8th Championship, after Swedish ski-o expert Patrik Gunnarsson brought the concept back to Perisher in 2014. It was no events in 2020-2021 due to the Covid. It is the only Ski-O event in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere!!!

Courses: ROGAINE – 2 hours - SOLO and TEAMS (kids – 1 hour Rogaine)
Start: Start any time between 10:00am-11:30pm; Finish closes at 1:30pm

Entries already are open here.
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Oceania Championships, Tasmania, 7-12 January 2023

The 2023 Oceania Championships will be held in Tasmania from January 7 to 12.
The program is:

  • Jan 7, Sprint Distance, Launceston
  • Jan 9, Long Distance, St Helens
  • Jan 11, Middle Distance, St Helens
  • Jan 12, Relay, St Helens

This will be followed by another edition of the Hobart Shorts in and around Hobart from January 15 to 18.
The Long Distance and Middle Distance feature new maps and new terrain for orienteering produced by the late Rob Plowright, one of orienteering’s finest mappers
We are pleased to advise that entries are now open in Eventor, including the ability to book Oceania specific camping located in the beautiful Pyengana valley 20 minutes west of the main competition entre of St Helens. Camping is quite close to the venue of the Oceania Long Distance and Middle Distance competitions.
To keep up to date with all the news about Oceania 2023 regularly check the Oceania 2023 website and follow us on Facebook
Get on board and book your accommodation now. The East Coast of Tasmania is a popular summer holiday destination and accommodation can be hard to come by if you leave it to the last minute. 

QBIII, Wagga Wagga, 11-13 June

Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered to help with OACT's event on the Sunday of QBIII. You are all rock stars!

If there is anyone else who could spare 30-40 mins to supervise parking on Sunday morning from 8:30 am, we would be very grateful. Email or see Sue at the event on Saturday.

The Final Event Bulletin is available here.

NSW Junior Training Camp, 6-10 July

ACT junior orienteers running Hard or Moderate courses are invited to attend the NSW Schools Training Camp to be held on the mid-north coast of NSW from 6-10 July, coinciding with the NSW State League events at Port Macquarie.
Further details are in the camp bulletin, register via eventor.

Interested juniors are encouraged to book their accommodation at Bonny Hills Big 4 as soon as possible.
If you are interested in attending please send an expression of interest to Toni Brown (, 0411 968 001), Toni may also be able to support any ACT juniors who require assistance with transport to/at the camp.

Aus O Events: an iOS app for events

The Aus O Events app has recently been updated.
Aus O Events is an iOS app that makes it easy and fun to browse upcoming Orienteering events in Australia.

The app uses Eventor to load all upcoming events in Australia. You then set your home area, and the app will display your next upcoming event. You can also view a list of all events, mark events as favourites, filter the event list and view the events on a map. The app also shows the driving distance and time to an event, and lets you launch maps to navigate to the event.
You can also download events to your iCal calendar.

BTW – it’s also completely FREE!

iOS users can download the app from the App Store.

Juniors Invited to Join the All-Australian Invitational Development Team at the Australian Championships

Juniors from all over Australia are invited to join the All-Australian Invitational Development Team (AAIDT).
You (or your child) may have nominated for selection in your state’s representative team for the Australian School Orienteering Championships which form part of the Australian Championships Carnival from Sat 24th Sept to Sun 2nd Oct, 2022. Perhaps you are awaiting the outcome of this process, or perhaps you were unable to attend your state selection races, or felt you were not quite ready for the selection process but are keen to develop your orienteering. 

Then this development team is for you!

  • The AAIDT is open to all Australian school students at least 12 years of age at 31 December 2022.
  • The AAIDT will be a composite team of students from various states and territories.
  • They will stay at the same place as the schools’ teams and do almost all the same activities.
  • They will compete in the same races too. Parents of these students are invited to play a role by coaching/managing the team for all or part of the carnival.

There are no restrictions on the composition of this team within the ASOC categories:

  • Junior Girls/Boys, 15 years and under participating at moderate level
  • Senior Girls/Boys, 16 years and over participating at hard level

There are no formal eligibility criteria but, as a guide, the ASOC organisers consider effective completion of 3 moderate courses (for juniors) or 3 hard courses (for seniors), in the lead up season to the carnival, would be appropriate for this development group.

The AAIDT will be provided with supervision and coaching support similar to other participating state teams. Once at the carnival the group can (but is not required to) travel together as a team and will be accommodated at Campaspe Downs with the State teams. As a development team, it is not essential that athletes remain with the team for the entirety of the carnival (Sat 24th Sept to Sun 2nd Oct), though support and supervision will be available for the entire period.

Costs will be consistent with those of the State schools’ teams. Costs for the 9 day camp, including all meals and accommodation (exclusive of transport) is predicted to be $900 for per athlete. Depending on your state association, athletes may be able to receive financial assistance from their  state body. 

If you have any questions, please contact the AAIDT Co-ordinator Helen O’Callaghan on
0478226601. Or your respective state contact for the AAIDT, the ACT contact is Toni Brown (, 0411 968 001).

Meanwhile, enjoy planning to be a part of the biggest orienteering camp on the Australian calendar! Warm regards,
Helen O’Callaghan (AAIDT Co-ordinator) & Susan Guinane (ASOC Organiser)


The 2022 Orienteering ACT Annual General Meeting was held on 28 April. A complete report from the meeting is available here.

  • Susanne Harrysson was elected as President following the completion of the three-year term of Phil Walker, and there were several other changes to the OACT Board.
  • The outgoing President delivered a report highlighting the success of the Association in meeting the challenges posed over the last three years.
  • As an integrity measure (for example to safeguard against money laundering and wagering) the meeting agreed unanimously a proposed amendment to the OACT constitution. 
  • John Harding and Valerie Barker were inducted as Life Members of the Association and champion orienteer Jo Allison was presented with an award in recognition of her induction to the OA Hall of Fame. Citations for the awards are available here.

OACT Board Shorts, May 2022

Notes from the most recent Orienteering ACT Board meeting are available here.
Topics discussed at this month's meeting included welcoming the new board, changes to OACT development and finance positions, Easter 2023, and updates on various OACT programs.

Blue Lightning Junior Coaching

Blue Lightning is the Development Squad for junior orienteers in the ACT. Any secondary school student may join Blue Lightning, younger orienteers from around age 10 and upwards are welcome to participate if they are transitioning to more difficult (moderate) courses.

Training is on Saturday mornings each week, just before the Metro Series events. Each session will start at 9:30am, which will allow enough time to complete the training, have a discussion and let you have a rest before the Metro Series event starts at 10:30. Meet at the event assembly area, and keep an eye out for coach Tara and other squad members. No need to RSVP, just come along and join in. Parents, friends and families welcome to join in too!

Join the mailing list here.

Australian Schools Orienteering Team (ASOC) - 2022 Nominations  

The OACT Board is calling for nominations from any interested ACT Juniors who are eligible for selection in the 2022 ACT ASOC team, to compete in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships, held in conjunction with the Australian Orienteering Championships, in Victoria from 23rd September to 3rd October 2022.

A series of selection trials will be held within the May-July period. Further details of eligibility criteria, team selection commitments, and other relevant information is available in the ACT ASOC trials information document. As a result of changes to the OACT event calendar, the following upcoming events will now be ASOC selection trials:

  • Sat 18 June, ACT Metro Series: Junior League #7, Aranda Snowgums
  • Sun 26 June, ACT Sprint Distance Championships: ACT League #10, AIS
  • Sun 17 July, ACT Classic Series: ACT League #9, Castle Hill


Please forward nominations in the first instance to Paul de Jongh (ASOC Coach) at
If you need further information or have any queries, please contact the chair of the Selection Panel, Toni Brown at, or on 0411 968 001.

Your nomination must include the nominee’s name, parent/guardian name and contacts, including email and phone, age (and date of birth), and expected competition class. In 2022 the classes being contested are: Senior Boys/Girls – aged 19 and under at the end of 2022; Junior Boys/Girls – aged 15 and under at the end of 2022. Team members must be at least 12 years of age as at the end of 2022. 

Nominations are still open, nominations must be submitted as soon as possible.

OACT Shirts & Singlets Available

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 have now arrived and are available for collection.

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

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