OACT Weekly Bulletin
28 June 2022

Upcoming Local Events Upcoming Major Events
Schools Coaches Needed The Australian Orienteer Survey
World Orienteering Championships 2023 NOL Season Schedule
NSW Junior Training Camp, 6-10 July Changes to Upcoming Street Series Events
Juniors Invited to Join the AAIDT
at the Australian Championships

Upcoming Local Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
Wed 29 Jun Midweek Series Mt Rogers 12pm 29 Jun Website
Sat 2 Jul Metro Series: Junior League #9 Mt Ainslie North 5pm 1 Jul Website
30 Jun - 4 Jul MapRun Street Series Scullin-Page 12pm 4 Jul Website
Wed 6 Jul Midweek Series Remembrance Park 12pm 6 Jul Website

Upcoming Major Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
Sun 14 Aug ACT & NSW Ski-O Championship Perisher, NSW 12 Aug Flyer
24 Sep - 2 Oct Australian Championships Kyneton, Vic 31 Aug Website
8-9 Oct Melbourne City Race Weekend Melbourne, Vic TBA Website
7-12 Jan 2023 Oceania Championships Tasmania 2 Dec Website

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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Schools Coaches Needed

Have you got some time to spare during the school day? With COVID restrictions easing many schools (primary and secondary) are keen to access our popular junior orienteering programs again, so we need more coaches. Funding through the Sporting Schools program allows us to pay you well for your contribution (approx $72/hr on site depending on the number of consecutive lessons taught). Contact Stephen Goggs (T 0401 994975 or email to find out how you can become accredited as a Community Orienteering Coach and start sharing the fun with the next generation of orienteers. 

The Australian Orienteer Survey

The Australian Orienteer has been the national magazine of orienteering in Australia for over 40 years. The current Editor of The Australian Orienteer Mike Hubbert has indicated a desire to retire as Editor and we have thus far not been able to find a replacement for Mike. Mike has indicated he is willing to stay on as Editor until such time a replacement can be found.
With that in mind, and to gather data about the value of the magazine and its content within our  orienteering community, Orienteering Australia is conducting a survey about a number of facets connected to the magazine.
Please click the link below to access and complete the survey.
The Australian Orienteer Survey
The survey will be open for responses until July 24, 2022.

World Orienteering Championships

The first ever Sprint World Orienteering Championships is presently underway in Denmark. Caitlin Young (Bushflyers) is on the Australian team and is competing in the Sprint Relay and Individual Sprint races.

The Sprint Relay, for teams of two women and two men, was held on Sunday (early Monday morning Australia time). Sweden took first place, followed by Great Britain and Norway. Unfortunately, the Australian team of Nea Shingler, Aston Key, Ewan Shingler, and Caitlin Young was disqualified. See WorldofO for maps and race analysis.

The Knockout Sprint is being held today with qualification races starting from 5:30pm AEST, the men's and women's finals will be at 3:02am AEST and 3:22am AEST tomorrow morning.

Caitlin will be competing again in the Individual Sprint on Thursday. The qualification races will start from 5:30pm AEST on Thursday, with finalists starting from 1:50am AEST on Friday morning.

Live race coverage is available here, including live results, GPS tracking, and video streaming coverage with English commentary (for a modest fee).
Photos and news from the Australian team are available on the Orienteering Australia Facebook page.

2023 NOL Season Schedule

The final draft schedule for the 2023 National Orienteering League is below. 

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4
Location, Event Tas, Oceania Champs NSW (Sydney) ACT, Easter Vic, Finals
Date 7-9 January 11-12 March 7-10 April 6-7 May

Individual Sprint
Sprint Relay
Knockout Sprint
Individual Final
Forest Relay


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.
Registrations close Wednesday 29 June.

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.

Changes to Upcoming Street Series Events

For the remainder of June and July printed maps and backup MapRun assistance will not be available at the Street Series assembly areas on Monday evenings.

Instead everyone can do their Street Series course by downloading a map from the Eventor event page and using either MapRun on their phone/smartwatch, or self-timing their course and emailing their result to John Harding ( by 7:30pm on Monday.

Upcoming MapRun courses will open at 7am on Thursday morning, and will remain open until a last start of 6:15pm on Monday.

Results will be published on Eventor each week. 

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 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)

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