Over 80 Tasmanians are about to head to South Australia to take part in the Australian Orienteering Championships Carnival.
There are just shy of 1000 entrants. Whilst this includes elite competition and fierce age group battles, anyone can enter with classes and courses to suit all standards. Most Tasmanians will be participating as a personal challenge - although of course, winning will be a bonus.
There are 8 events over the nine day Carnival including the Australian Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay Championship Events. And also the Australian Schools Championship Events incorporating Sprint, Long and Relay competitions with corresponding public races to challenge parents and supporters.
Racing gets under way on Saturday 29 September and the first three events will be held near Renmark, 3 hours north of Adelaide. The other events are all being held in the northern Adelaide Hills, not far from the Barossa Valley.
Tasmania is represented across the field - from the elites, masters and junior age groups - and coming from Hobart and Launceston. There is a full team of 20 juniors from grades 7-12 competing for Tasmania in the Schools Championships. They are travelling as a team and stay with teams from around Australia and New Zealand. Although labelled a "Schools" competition it is actually about the states and New Zealand competing against each other.
In 2020 Tasmania will be hosting the Championships Carnival probably based in St Helens. It will be a fantastic opportunity for locals to experience a carnival atmosphere.