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2016 Awards and Christmas Party

posted 19 Dec 2016, 21:25 by Alex Davey
A number of Waggaroos received national, state and recognition at the Waggaroos Christmas and Awards evening.

Lachlan Billett received the NSW Orienteering Rookie of the Year Award for an outstanding year of orienteering which was highlighted with selection in the NSW Schools Orienteering Team and then being a member of the winning Junior Boys team at the Australian Relay Championships. He also received a NSW Junior Waratah Award, an Orienteering Australia Gold Merit Badge and was runner up in the Junior Boys section of the NSW Orienteer of the Year.

Ashleigh and Eloise Crossett also received NSW Junior Waratah Awards and Joannah McDougall was awarded a NSW Junior Wattle Award.  Iain Crossett was recognised as the Waggaroos Orienteer of the Year and Julie Gooding received the Sherwood Forest Award as Waggaroos Course Setter of the Year.  Debbie Davey has continued to perform at an exceptionally high level nationally and was recognised as NSW Orienteer of the Year in the W55 class.
In competition, Andrew Earl enjoyed a good win in Event 4 of the Waggaroos Summer Series of Orienteering last Thursday evening.  Conducted around Lake Albert participants had to find the answers to questions about the area within a set time limit. Points were awarded for correct answers and deducted for exceeding the nominated time limit.

Julie Gooding set 34 questions in a relatively small area challenging participants with decisions about running a bit further to an isolated higher valued control or picking up several lower value but closer controls.

On the 45 minute course Andrew Earl used his time wisely finishing with just 25 seconds to spare and amassing an excellent 195 points out of a possible 275. Geoff Breese actually collected more points but was relegated to second place after points were deducted for exceeding his time limit. Alex Davey finished in third place with 175 points.

Mark Willard did very well collecting 120 points while wheeling his son around in a pusher. Stuart & Julie Kleinig attempted the sport for the first time and although finishing early picked up 95 points just ahead of Geri Louis (90).

Wes Campbell (75 points) just edged out the Farrell family group (70 ) on the 30 minute course.

That was the final event for 2016. The Summer Series of Orienteering will resume on Thursday 26 January at 6pm starting from the playground in Bedervale Crescent, Bourkelands.


45 Minute Course                                                            

1  Andrew Earl               195

2  Geoff Breese              185

3  Alex Davey               170

4  John Oliver               165

5  Mark Willard              120

6  Stuart & Julie Kleinig        95

7  Geri Louis                 90



30 Minute Course                                                                           

1  Wes Campbell              75

2  Angela, Lochie, Caitlin Farrell 70