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Waggaroos to resume local orienteering competitions!

posted 2 Jul 2020, 03:19 by Alex Davey   [ updated 2 Jul 2020, 03:20 ]

Yes ….we are resuming competitive orienteering…..
although it needs to be a little different to comply with existing Government Orders and ONSW Policy.

The principles of the revised operating protocols are:
• to minimise touching of objects by multiple people, and
• to maximise social distancing particularly at assembly area.

EVENT FORMAT
• SI units will not be used at control sites. Instead coloured tape will be attached to the control flag in a way that is obvious and visible and such that participants do not need to touch the control flag to find it. Participants are to record colour of tape at each control location. There will be multiple choice options on the back of the map for participants to check off the correct colour.
• As such, participants will need to carry a pencil. We would prefer participants bring their own pencil, pen or marker. If you use a club pencil it is not to be shared and when returned is to be put into separate box for post-event disinfection.
• There will be START and FINISH SI units for timing, similar to the summer series process. An SI stick will be required to record your start time and finish time only. Upon downloading the elapsed time will be recorded but a copy from the printer will not be provided to the participant.
• Borrowed/hired compass, SI unit or other equipment is to be used by the borrower/hirer only and when returned is to be put into a separate box on return for disinfection at later date.
• Participants are to retain the map(s) they used at the conclusion of their course. Maps are not to be left at registration table or elsewhere at the event site.
• When participating please maintain social distancing when you meet others i.e. stay at least 1.5 m away and do not run in another participants slip-stream.

REGISTRATION
• To avoid multiple people touching a common registration form the Organiser will have a list of those who have attended recent orienteering events and will check participants off as attending from this list.
• Being checked off as attending will imply verbal acceptance of the disclaimers - which will be displayed such they can be read without touching.
• During checking off the organiser will check/ record your name and mobile phone number. If required these details will be provided to NSW Health for contact tracing purposes.

ENTRY FEES
• No payment, cash or electronic, will be accepted at the event. Participants will be contacted at a later date (e.g. end of August and end of October) and asked to transfer entry fees for events attended directly into the Waggaroos bank account.

WATER
• There will be no water provided on courses or at assembly area. Participants are to bring own water for their own personal use only to carry on course and for post-event.

CAR KEYS/ WATER BOTTLES/ CLOTHING
• There will be no provision to hold car-keys/ water bottles/ clothing at registration table. Participants are to look after their own car-keys/ water bottles/ clothing. Please maintain consciousness of social distancing requirements:
• Keep at least 1.5 m from people not from your household.
• Do not run in someone else’s slipstream.
• Be socially respectful and step to the side of the path when passing others.
• Government Orders currently constrain the gathering number at outdoor premises to 20. As such, we request that socialising at the assembly area is kept to a minimum and that participants literally Come and Run then Go. Please do not approach the Organiser to register until you are literally ready to start; and please depart reasonably soon after completing your course.

Rocky Hill training courses - now removed from website

posted 29 May 2020, 00:55 by Alex Davey   [ updated ]

As with the Pomingalarna, the training courses have been removed from the website and tapes taken in from the forest.

Following on from the Pomingalarna courses posted last week, we have now made available some courses on Rocky Hill in Kooringal. Same format as Pommy, with Orange tapes marking the control locations. We have also used some pink tapes to help those on the Easy course as one of the paths is a little vague in places. As with Pommy no facilities are provided and this is non-competitive.

The start/finish isn't marked on the ground but is just inside the gate off Simpkin Crescent, between numbers 99 and 101. Course lengths are:

Long 3.4 km (hard navigation)
Short 2.9 km (hard navigation)
Moderate 2.8 km (moderate navigation)
Easy 1.4 km (easy navigation)

Download the course of your choice below:


Pomingalarna training courses - now removed from website

posted 17 May 2020, 02:28 by Alex Davey   [ updated ]

With local events due to start next week, the training courses have been removed from the website and tapes taken in from the forest.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we have designed a series of courses and tagged control sites at Pomingalarna. Club members can download a course from the options below and then go out to Pommy and have a run, in accordance with current social distancing restrictions. There is no marked start or finish (we have nominally used the sign just inside the western gate), no facilities are provided and is non-competitive. Control sites have been tagged with orange tape but there are no markings on the tapes. It is hoped to extend training opportunities with some courses also planned for Rocky Hill.

There are four (4) Pomingalarna courses available for download:

Long 6.5 km (moderate-hard navigation)
Medium 3.9 km (moderate-hard navigation)
Short 3.0 km (moderate-hard navigation)
Easy 1.8 km (easy navigation)


More isolation O activities

posted 14 Apr 2020, 03:28 by Alex Davey

Hope everyone is keeping well and getting some physical exercise in this time of isolation and social distancing.

To give your brain a workout, here are a few more virtual Orienteering activities, courtesy of World of O and OWA.


More armchair orienteering

posted 31 Mar 2020, 03:19 by Alex Davey   [ updated 31 Mar 2020, 03:21 ]

Courtesy of a couple of overseas websites, here are some more opportunities to practice your orienteering skills without leaving home:



Hope everyone is staying well and keeping up the exercise, as far as that is possible in the current environment.

Waggaroos cancel all events until further notice

posted 23 Mar 2020, 23:18 by Alex Davey   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 23:21 ]

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 position that the advice from the AHPPC does not preclude conduct of small, local orienteering events we feel that for reasons of social responsibility and to mitigate against the risk of reputational damage to the image of orienteering we need to be seen to be doing the right thing by current community expectations. We need to be seen not to be encouraging unnecessary travel, or as providing a possible conduit for introduction of COVID-19 into the Riverina.

While this is very disappointing, it is a consequence of the difficult times we are currently experiencing. Hopefully we can be back in the bush within a few months.

If you would like to do some armchair orienteering whilst we unable to do the real thing, have at look at the World of O website. It has many examples of maps and related stories from all over the world.

COVID-19 update: 2020 Interclub series cancelled

posted 20 Mar 2020, 02:35 by Alex Davey   [ updated 20 Mar 2020, 02:37 ]

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 school sporting teams, maintain local competitions only, with no inter-district, or inter-club travel (see summary by Sport Australia at https://www.sportaus.gov.au/media-centre/news/minister-for-sport-issues-covid-19-guidelines-for-community-sport ). 

In lieu of these guidelines the decision has been taken TO CANCEL THE INTERCLUB CHALLENGE COMPETITION AGAINST ALBURY FOR THIS YEAR and just run our respective local competitions. The scheduled Interclub Challenge events to be organised by Waggaroos at Burngoogee on 26 April, Connorton on 14 June, Rocky Hill on 19 July, and Wolfram on 30 August will go ahead as local events but not as Interclub Challenge events.

Please remember : Do not come to any Waggaroos orienteering event or activity if

• you are feeling unwell;

• you have been in close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19 until the 14 days isolation period is over;

• you have travelled overseas in the past 14 days.

COVID-19 and orienteering

posted 17 Mar 2020, 03:07 by Alex Davey   [ updated 20 Mar 2020, 02:36 ]

We are in the midst of unprecedented disruption and Orienteering Australia and the state associations have been working over the weekend to tread the right balance of calm and change of behaviour required. What we are saying today is not a “close down” message but an encouragement to go orienteering - while modifying behaviour. We have a sport that is essentially alone during execution so it lends itself to distancing, and we believe the risk of going orienteering if we modify behaviours is low.

Very large events, such as Easter 2020 at Orange, have been taken out of our hands and have been postponed according to government requirements but the smaller local events, including Waggaroos local events and our Interclub series with Albury, are still viable so let's all work together and enjoy the respite that a bit of sport can give to these anxious times.

Unfortunately, the Riverina Schools Championships due to be held in early May, have been postponed, as all school excursions and other out of school activities have been restricted. It is hoped we can re-schedule to a date later in the year.

Low key start to bush season

posted 17 Mar 2020, 03:00 by Alex Davey

John Oliver had a good win in the first of the Waggaroos bush events for 2020 held at Willan's Hill last Sunday.

Starting from the picnic shelter opposite the Museum of the Riverina in Baden Powell Dr, a score event format was used in which participants had 45 minutes to find as many control sites as possible. Points were awarded for each control site found and deducted for exceeding the time limit. Control sites varied in points value depending on distance and navigational difficulty.

Bob Moore set an entertaining course which contained numerous control sites along the southern part of Willan's Hill and fewer in the northern part. Although the northern controls were closer to the start and formed a logical loop to follow they did require some steep hill climbs to access them. The southern controls on the other hand were more conducive to merely proceeding to the next nearest control and were laid out in a way that higher valued controls tempted one further and further south resulting in a long run home if one did not watch the time.

John Oliver decided to take the northern controls first to take on the hill climbs early and to retain flexible options pending on his elapsed time about which controls to take in the southern part. He judged things well finishing a mere 7 seconds inside his time limit and amassing a very good 175 points.

Tadeusz Davenport decided to take the southern controls first and he scored freely in that area. However he then found himself with fewer options in the northern part and running out of time which meant a long run back without adding to his tally. Nonetheless he finished second despite collecting almost as many points as John and losing some points for exceeding the time limit.

Izzi Hutchinson and Chontelle Dailey ran as a team and picked up many of the controls in the southern area finishing in third place.

Next event will be the first of the eight event Interclub Challenges against Albury commencing at 10am on Sunday March 22 at Wallace’s Gully near Chiltern.

1

John Oliver

WRN

0:44:53

175

0

175

2

Tadeusz Davenport

WRN

0:48:03

165

20

145

3

Izzi Hutchinson & Chontelle Dailey

WRN

0:45:15

105

5

100

4

Pauline Moore

WRN

0:44:54

75

0

75

5

Sharni Rajasekera

WRN

0:42:16

55

0

55

6

Kate Davenport

WRN

0:46:52

60

10

50

Final Sunday Summer Series

posted 2 Mar 2020, 02:37 by Alex Davey   [ updated 2 Mar 2020, 02:38 ]

Competition was close in the final event of the 2019-20 Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering conducted around Glenfield Park last Sunday.

Starting from the small park at the corner of Mima St and Bindari Ave participants had to find the answers to questions about Glenfield Park within a set time limit. Points were awarded for correct answers and deducted for exceeding the time limit. Questions included identifying specific features on houses and in gardens, numbers on light poles, and details on signs.

There were 24 questions worth a total of 210 points but they were spread out in such a way that getting from one to another involved careful consideration of the route to avoid excessive distance in spite of the numerous connecting tracks and reserves in the area.

On the 45 minute course most participants focussed on the area north and east of the South City shopping centre attracted by some higher valued questions and as a result scores were close. John Oliver managed to answer just over half the questions and amass 120 points.

Izzi Hutchinson and Chontelle Dailey cut it fine finishing just 2 seconds inside their time limit but they used their time well to score 100 points and finish second. The Buchanan family participating on their second event finished third with a very good 110 points.

Elius Levin tried orienteering for the first time and managed to collect 40 points but gave most of them away when he incurred a time penalty for exceeding his time limit.

6 year old Jarrah Mestan completed the 30 minute course with his mother and scored a good 25 points.

The first bush event for 2020 will be conducted on Willan's Hill next Sunday 8 March starting at 10 am from the picnic shelter in front of the Museum of the Riverina Botanic Gardens Site in Baden Powell Dr.

45 Minute Course

Club

Time

Points

Penalty

Score

1

John Oliver

WRN

0:41:01

120

0

120

2

Izzy Hutchinson & Chontelle Dailey

WRN

0:44:58

110

0

110

3

Tracey, Scott & Mac Buchanan

WRN

0:42:09

100

0

100

4

Bob Moore

WRN

0:43:48

90

0

90

5

Alex Davey

WRN

0:40:41

80

0

80

6

Elius Levin

WRN

0:50:14

40

30

10

30 Minute Course

1

Jarrah & Julie Mestan

WRN

0:28:25

25

0

25

 

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