And what a fabulous kick-off it has been. After two false starts, Orienteering Tasmania has hosted another successful major carnival - our first national event since the 2018 Australian 3Days and our first international event since the 2015 World Cups and Oceania carnival.
The sprint, middle and long distance and relay events at Oceania 2023 all went off without a hitch - an incredible achievement after years of planning, thousands of volunteer hours and hundreds of controls correctly placed throughout the forests of St Helens and urban jungle of Launceston. The complexity of this undertaking cannot be overstated - nor can the contribution of all the tireless (or in some cases, very tired) volunteers who made it all happen. While none of this could have been possible without the stellar leadership of our carnival director Christine Brown, let's not forget the incredible groundwork of Warwick Moore, who got the show on the road (twice) before handballing the whole shebang to Christine, setting her up for the winning goal in the final match of the premiership season. Or something. Thank you to everyone who took part and or/assisted throughout the carnival. It was truly a statewide effort!
Special thanks also to Bert Elson who organised an excellent and successful Hobart Shorts following Oceania. Bert came straight from his role as Equipment Manager for Oceania, and the 200+ competitors at the Shorts really appreciated his efforts.
Over the coming months, there are many great local and national events on the calendar, from the Hobart O-Fest to the Sydney Sprints and the Australian 3Days in the ACT. We'd love to see even more great event write-ups in the newsletter this year, so please send your photos and articles to