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  • More armchair orienteering Courtesy of a couple of overseas websites, here are some more opportunities to practice your orienteering skills without leaving home:Lockdown orienteeringScottish orienteeringHope everyone is staying well and ...
    Posted by Alex Davey
  • Waggaroos cancel all events until further notice The Waggaroos Committee has decided to cancel all scheduled Waggaroos orienteering events effective immediately, due to the escalating health situation with the COVID-19 virus. While we accept the ONSW ...
    Posted 23 Mar 2020, 23:21 by Alex Davey
  • COVID-19 update: 2020 Interclub series cancelled The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has recently announced new community sport guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. Within it is the recommendation that sporting teams, including ...
    Posted 20 Mar 2020, 02:37 by Alex Davey
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What is Orienteering?

Orienteering is a sport, which combines outdoor adventure with map reading and navigational skills. It involves navigating though the bush, parks or streets with the aid of a specially produced map and orienteering compass, with the aim being to locate checkpoints (controls) on various natural and man-made features along the way, such as a boulder, track junction, bench seat or street lamp. Controls are generally represented by distinctive orange and white flags (pictured).

The skill in orienteering is in choosing the best route between controls — while beginners' courses may not offer choice, as you progress you will learn to decide between options — perhaps over a hill or a longer route which goes round it. It is this stimulating mental challenge as well as the physical activity that makes orienteering so popular. Each event may have a number of courses of differing lengths and levels of difficulty occurring at the same time.

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