OACT Weekly Bulletin
5 May 2022

Upcoming Local Events Upcoming Major Events
Course Planner Sought for Classic Series on 5 June Australian Schools Orienteering Team (ASOC) - 2022 Nominations
Metro Series Season Pass - 50% Discount Focus on Girls - Last Chance to Register
Upcoming Map Mates Series Blue Lightning Junior Coaching
ACT Athletes Selected for World Championships Sport Australia Launches New Community Coaching Essential Skills Course
Beware the Hidden Punches OACT Shirts & Singlets Available

Upcoming Local Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
Sat 7 May Metro Series: Junior League #2 Mt Taylor 5pm 6 May Website
7- 9 May MapRun Street Series Crace 12pm 9 May Website
Sat 14 May Metro Series: Junior League #3
& Map Mates #1
Isaacs Ridge 5pm 13 May Website
14-16 May MapRun Street Series Isabela Plains 12pm 16 May Website

Full Event Calendar

*Season Passes are available for the Street Series and Metro Series, providing a 50% discount compared to individual event entry.

Metro Series: Junior League #2, 7 May - Location Change

Please note that the venue for this Saturday's Metro Series event has been changed.
The event will now be held at Mt Taylor. See the event information page for further details.

Upcoming Major Events

Date Event Location Enter By  
28-29 May Victorian Championships Kangaroo Crossing, Vic 20 May Flyer
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
7-12 Jan 2023 Oceania Championships Tasmania 2 Dec Website

Victorian Championships, 28-29 May

Victorian Middle Distance Championships, Saturday 28 May

  • At 'Little Kangaroo Crossing', a brand new map prepared by Leigh Privett, generally less steep and less rocky than the Kangaroo Crossing map.
  • It's perfect for a Middle Distance event and is highly enjoyable terrain.

Victorian Long Distance Championships, Sunday 29 May

  • On the amazing Kangaroo Crossing map.
  • Probably one of the best technical granite maps in Australia (the location for the 2019 Oceania Long Distance championships, where the courses were voted the second best in the world that year, largely thanks to the extraordinary terrain)
  • There will be a common assembly area for both days near Eldorado in NE Victoria.
Book your accommodation now—Beechworth, Wangaratta, Eldorado.
Enter via Eventor. Entries close Friday 20 May.
See the information flyer for details.

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

Entries are 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.

Course Planner Sought for Classic Series on 5 June

A course planner is urgently sought for the Jim Sawkins Memorial Handicap, ACT League #5, to be held at Foxlow Flat on Sunday 5 June.
Please contact Hind Needham ( before the end of this week if you are able to assist.

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.

Selection Trials

  • 21 May 2022 – Campbell Park
  • 5 June 2022 – Foxlow Flat
  • 19 June 2022 – Castle Hill (date to be confirmed)
  • 26 June 2022 – AIS. This event is the ACT Sprint Championships.

If events are cancelled an extra selection trial may be held on 17 July 2022 at Stringybark 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 Valerie Barker at, or on 0410 151 554.

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. 

Late nominations are still open, nominations should be submitted as soon as possible. .

Metro Series Season Pass - 50% Discount

Entry to the 2022 Metro Series Season Pass is still available through Eventor.

The Metro Series is held on Saturday mornings between May and September at a variety of bushland and parkland venues close to Canberra. 

The Season Pass offers excellent value, with a 50% discount compared to individual event entry.
To purchase a season pass you must be a paid member of an orienteering club and you must own your own Sportident stick (can be purchased here). You should also be prepared to volunteer to assist at an event your club is organising.

For details see the information flyer.
Visit Eventor to purchase a pass.

Focus on Girls - Last Chance to Register

The fantastic Focus on Girls program will return for four Friday sessions in May. This instruction is female only (minimum age 10 years) and will prepare women and girls for bush navigation.

  1. Friday 6 May, Kellaway Street, Hackett
  2. Friday 13 May, South end Hayley Street, Ainslie
  3. Friday 20 May, The National Arboretum
  4. Friday 27 May, Review/Wrap-up session, Mt Ainslie Drive, Campbell

Sessions will be modified to meet the different needs and skill levels of participants, and to make sure everyone has fun!

Here is how it will work:

  • The beginners’ session will start at 3.45pm and will go for an hour to 4.45pm.
  • More experienced arrive from 4.15pm. Session will finish on dusk, around 5.30pm.

For the more experienced, your activities and instructions will be there waiting for you! They will be adjusted week by week. There will be a focus on skills and drills rather than running a course. You can start in your own time or work together with the group instructions.

What to Bring:

  • A drink bottle, warm clothes, and smile to share!
  • If you are at primary school you will need to bring a responsible adult, willing to share the fun. The responsible adult must stay.
  • Cost (For 4 weeks of instruction):
    • $20 Members (individual or family) (+ small booking fee charged by Register Now)
    • $40 Non-member (individual or family) (+ small booking fee charged by Register Now)
    • (Sorry no refunds if you change your mind. No reductions if you come to fewer than 4 sessions. We are all volunteers, and our time is given for the love of it).

If you are already orienteering at regular Orienteering ACT events, these sessions will give you the chance to meet and orienteer with women and girls who also love to run wild!

Register here

Any Questions? Email Toni on or text on 0411 968 001.

For high school girls looking ahead to the fun of the Australian Schools Championships, be sure to consider entering as many of the the following upcoming events as you can:

  • 21 May 2022 – Campbell Park
  • 5 June 2022 – Foxlow Flat
  • 19 June 2022 – Castle Hill (to be confirmed)
  • 26 June 2022 – AIS.
Girls must be turning 12 by Dec 2022 for this comp. Junior Girls (born 2007, 2008, 2009 or 2010) and Senior Girls (born 2004, 2005 or 2006). See the ASOC nomination item above for more information.

Upcoming Map Mates Series

The very popular Map Mates coaching program for junior orienteers will be back again for the 2022 Metro Series. The Map Mates coaching program is aimed at junior orienteers who are just starting or are relatively new to the sport. The program uses a variety of games and activities to coach orienteering skills which can be further practiced on the Very Easy and Easy courses.
The Program will run on Saturdays 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, and 4 June, held at the same time and location as the corresponding Metro Series events.   
Entry to the Map Mates Program is free. Free event entry is also available for Map Mates participants who do a Very Easy or Easy course at the Metro Series event on the same day.

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 will be 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.

The first session for 2022 will be this Saturday at the Mt Taylor event at 9.30am. 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!

ACT Athletes Selected for World Championships

Congratulations to Caitlin Young (selected for the World University Championships and World Championships) and David Stocks (selected for the World University Championships and Junior World Championships) on their recent selection in Australian representative teams. Andrew Kerr was also selected as second reserve for the Junior World Championships team.

Sport Australia Launches New Community Coaching Essential Skills Course

The new course will replace the existing General Principles Course and is available on any device, so you can update your skills and continue to deliver fun, safe and inclusive sport that meets the needs of your participants. 

Developed in collaboration with the sport sector, the new approach is about supporting the development, education and training of coaches and empowering them to provide safe, fun and inclusive environments that focus on the needs of participants. The new approach will reshape the sporting experience and encourage more people to play, coach and enjoy sport.

For new and aspiring orienteering coaches, this course will replace the general principles course as a pre-requisite for Learn and Play, Competition and Performance Orienteering Coach. Have you thought about coaching? Now is your chance to learn all the essential skills. Sign up for the free course today. 

Learn more about the modern approach to coaching on the Sport Australia website.

Beware the Hidden Punches

Your SIAC card (aka. SI Air stick) will continue to record “visits” to a control until you move away from the range of the control.
This applies in both Foot and MTB orienteering.
You can inadvertently FILL your SIAC with punches and it will then not record any more.
It has actually happened at MTBO and whilst unlikely to happen at a Foot event, at the recent ACT Relays, at least one person recorded multiple “punches” at more than one control.
So, if you need to think about you next move, first move away from the control. This is, of course, a good thing to do anyway.

And another thing – check your battery level. Even if your battery goes flat (SIAC doesn’t beep – and hopefully NOT FULL) you can still put your SIAC in the unit to record your visit.

We hope these little tips ensure you have a successful run. Further detailed information on SIAC card punching is available here.

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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