Oceania Carnival and Rawlings Park wanderings!

Post date: Oct 7, 2019 10:56:23 AM

Waggaroos Deb Davey has been selected in the Australian team to contest the Australia-New Zealand Challenge during the Oceania Orienteering Carnival to be conducted in and around Wagga in a fortnights time. The event has attracted just on 1000 entrants including Australia’s best orienteers as well as orienteers from New Zealand, Hong Kong, New Caledonia and Europe. The 9-day Carnival will include the Oceania Championships, the Australian-New Zealand Challenge, the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships and a three-day public event.

The Carnival will commence at CSU on Saturday 28 September with the Oceania Sprint Distance Championships and National Orienteering Championships. Then it will move to Bethungra for the Australian Long Distance Championships and Relay Championships in a new area comprising rugged rocky outcrops.

On Tuesday October 1 it will return to Wagga for the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships. 160 school children from across Australia and New Zealand in representative state and national teams will compete in sprint distance, long distance and relay races over three days. The sprint distance will be held at Kildare Catholic College on Tuesday 1 October, the long distance at Connorton on Wednesday, and the relay at Pomingalarna on Thursday. Associated with these events will be the Riverina Run, a 3-day public event that has attracted over 500 entries including Olympic marathoner Martin Dent and Australia’s oldest orienteer, 95 year old Herman Wehner from Canberra.

The carnival will conclude on the following weekend with the Oceania Middle Distance and Long Distance Championships near Beechworth.

Deb Davey’s selection is just reward For her consistent performances at national and international level for the past 3 years. Deb will team with Ballarat’s Jenny Bourne and Newcastle’s Hilary Wood in the W60 age-class and should be too classy for the New Zealanders. Deb is also the day organiser for the Schools Long Distance Championship at Connorton.

On the local front Waggaroos conducted a sprint orienteering race at Rawlings Park last Sunday. On the 4 km course in the early part of the race Stuart Young and Jack Janetzki were just a few seconds apart to each control. However in the middle part of the course as the race moved from the ovals to the bush land Stuart was able to navigate a bit better and eventually won by 5 minutes. Deb Davey came in third a further minute behind.

On the 2.9 km course Imogen Metcalfe ventured out by herself for the first time and excelled. Laura Shelton started very well and after 3 controls had built up a 3 minute advantage. Imogen had started more slowly but as her confidence built she started to catch up. Laura made a navigational error between 7 and 8 allowing Imogen to take the lead which she maintained despite a miss at the 9th control. Wes Campbell came in third.

Elena and Tahlia Franklin and Charli Speers tried orienteering for the first time. They sensibly tackled the 2km Easy course first and enjoyed it so much they then completed the 4km course.