OACT Weekly Bulletin
22 March 2022

Upcoming Local Events Upcoming Major Events
Street Series Season Pass - 50% Discount Autumn Classics: Lift Required From Kings Hwy to Assembly Area
Blue Lightning Appointments Newcomers Welcome Person Sought
ONSW Junior Camp, Armidale, 9-14 April - Last Chance to Enter Runners Shop Sponsorship
Camping Available for Autumn Classics OACT Shirts & Singlets Available to Order

Upcoming Local Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
27 Mar Classic Series: ACT Relays Mugga Mugga Closed, no EOD Info Flyer
26-28 Mar MapRun Street Series Turner 12pm 28 Mar Website
2-3 Apr Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics Bungendore Closed, limited EOD Bulletin 1
2-4 Apr MapRun Street Series Casey 12pm 4 Apr Website

Full Event Calendar

*A season pass is available covering all 22 MapRun Street Series events from 4 April to 19 September, providing a 50% discount compared to individual event entry.

Upcoming Major Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
 2-3 Apr Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics Bungendore, NSW Closed
Limited EOD
Bulletin 1
9-10 Apr NSW State League 3 & 4 Armidale, NSW 3 Apr Website
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

NSW State League, Armidale, 9-10 April

Events 3 and 4 of the 2022 NSW State League will be held in Armidale on April 9-10. This is in stunning granite terrain and will be the perfect warm-up for the big Easter carnival in Kingaroy the following weekend. A junior training camp will also be held, details below.
Enter via Eventor. Entries close 3 April.
Visit the website for details.

A few spare rooms are available at NEGS school for the Armidale NSW State League weekend. $120 gets you two nights accommodation (Fri-Sat), two breakfasts and two dinners. You can request a room for 1, 2 or 3 people.
All the motels and cabins in town are booked out due to a rugby carnival, so this is the only option unless you stay in Tamworth or camp. Accommodation registration closes at 11.59pm 22 March.

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

Easter entries close this week, 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.

Oceania Championships, January 2023, Tasmania

Orienteering Tasmania has announced that it will host the 2023 Oceania Championships next January (subject to landowner approval). The carnival will start in Launceston with the Sprint event, move to St Helens for the Long Distance, Middle Distance and Relay events and finish in Hobart with a series of short events. Click here for a brief carnival programme.

St Helens is a popular destination in January and accommodation will be in demand. Orienteers are encouraged to make bookings as soon as possible.

Street Series Season Pass - 50% Discount

A season pass is now available covering all 22 ACT MapRun Street Series events from from 4 April to 19 September. Entry is $55 for adults, free for juniors under 20, irrespective of memberships status. This is a 50% discount compared to entering the events individually. Registration will remain open throughout the series.

Without a season pass you can still enter individual events for $5 each via Eventor.
The first 2 events in April are on new maps: Casey and Pearce-Torrens

Register through Eventor.

Autumn Classics: Lift Required From Kings Hwy to Assembly Area

A couple visiting Canberra for the Autumn Classics are travelling in a campervan, for which their rental agreement precludes them from travelling on farm-type roads. They plan to park their van just off the Kings Hwy and get a lift to the Assembly areas. Offers of a lift on either or both days would be appreciated. Please email offers to Bob Mouatt at

Blue Lightning Appointments

The OACT Board is pleased to announce the appointment for 2022 of the following personnel:

Blue Lightning Junior Training Squad

  • Lead Coach - Tara Melhuish
  • Managers - Deirdre Sharkey and Mike Radajewski

The Board is very grateful to these people for their willingness to encourage and support the orienteering development of all ACT juniors. 

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. 

ONSW Junior Camp, Armidale, 9-14 April - Last Chance to Enter

ONSW Juniors are holding a Junior Training Camp at Armidale on 9-14 April.

The camp will suit all juniors keen to further develop their orienteering skills (including those with their eyes on high performance in granite terrain – think Easter 2022, JWOC 2022, Easter 2023!). The camp organisers are also looking for coaches/helpers, including older juniors who could participate as both coach/mentor and attendee.

If you have not yet entered, then now is your last chance. Head over to eventor and enter by 11:59pm 22 March.

For more information contact Helen:
Phone: 0478 226 601
Contact email:

Toni Brown has also offered to provide support for transport and supervision for juniors attending the NSW State League and junior training camp at Armidale on 9-13 April, and the Easter 3-days at Kingaroy on 15-18 April. 
Please contact Toni (, 0411 968 001) if you are interested.

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.

Camping Available for Autumn Classics

Toni Brown has kindly offered to allow camping on her property at Charleys Forest for participants in the Wildfire Sports Autumn Classics on 2-3 April. It's about 50 mins to Saturday's event, and about 40 mins to Sunday's event. Hot showers, BBQ, fridge, kitchen facilities, plenty of undercover if it’s raining. 

Please contact Toni (, 0411 968 001) if you are interested.

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.

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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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