Coffs Harbour - Rylstone - Armidale - Three successive weekends of orienteering from June 3 to June 17 including the Queens Birthday 3 day weekend.
NTOC is organising the final event in this series at Newholme, a University property adjacent to Mount Duval. Access to the property is via Newholme Road from the New England Highway near Tilbuster, 6 km from the northern roundabout on the Armidale bypass. Please follow signs and leave gates as you find them.
Bob Hawkins, the organiser for this event, has planned the following courses:
Starts are from 10.00 till 12.00 and courses close at 14:00.
Tomorrow (Wednesday May 23) is World Orienteering Day and marks the beginning of a week of orienteering activities around the world. In particular there are several events areound Armidale and Coffs Harbour:
Wednesday 23rd: Armidale, Central Mall (outside New England Travel Centre), 11:30 - 13:30
Friday 25th: Coffs Harbour, Showgrounds, 16:30 - 18:30
Saturday 26th: Dorrigo, Coronation Park, Hickory Street, 10:00 - 13:00
Sunday 27th: Armidale, Dumaresq Dam, 10:00 - 12:00
Looking forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.
This year one of the regular NSW Junior Training camps is to be held right here in our own backyard! The aim is to prepare young orienteers to do their best at the NSW Middle and Long Championships (which of course are both being held here immediately after the camp). It will also of course be a great chance for local kids who enjoy orienteering to meet others with similar interests, and to realise that Orienteering is not just some weird Armidale thing!
The camp will be on Wednesday 18 April to Friday 20 April and is to be based at NEGS, with accommodation available at one of the boarding houses. However locals do not have to live in, and can participate in all the training exercises very cheaply.
Who can attend
Anyone from age 10 to 20 years can attend. Parents are welcome and encouraged to be involved - all primary school aged attendees must have a parent or guardian present.
Wednesday - late afternoon/early evening (Sessions 1 & 2)
Thursday- morning, afternoon and night (Sessions 3, 4 & 5)
Friday - morning only (Session 6)
Please Note: Entering the training camp does not include entry to the events on the weekend of 21-22 April – they require on-line entry via Eventor. If not familiar with this system you may need to get help from a senior club member.
NTOC's annual twilight event series gets underway on Wednesday with a sprint style event on a new map of Armidale High School. This will be followed on successive Wednesdays by events at the Apex Lookout, PLC School and Sport UNE. Courses will open at 5 pm and close at 6:30 pm, except for the Sport UNE event which will open at 4 pm.
Sprint style orienteering has become increasingly popular in recent years. As the name implies, the courses are usually quite short with expected winnng times of 12-15 minutes. They are invariably held in places like university or college campuses where there are complex networks of buildings and pathways. The emphasis is on careful map reading and navigation at high speed.
For this Wednesday's event, first time course setter Malcolm McPhee has set a 2.5 km course that will have you puzzling about the optimum route to take around the maze of buildings that constitute Armidale High School.
For the less ambitious, there will also be an option to do a scatter course in which the 14 controls may be visited in any order.