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Easter at Orange
A strong contingent of Tasmanian orienteers made their way to Orange over Easter to take part in the Australian 3-day championships. This series of races was scheduled to take place in 2020, but due to COVID, was postponed until 2021. While this gave us an extra year to hone our orienteering skills, it also gave the forest another year to grow a little thicker, the visibility to reduce to nearly zero and the technical challenge to escalate to AMOST IMPOSSIBLE.
On Day 1, we were treated to a new area of tightly-packed rock, unusual cliff formations and criss-crossing middle-distance courses that kept us on our toes. Most of us rose to the challenge, shook off the ‘Day 1’ nerves and started to relax, secure in the knowledge that we hadn’t ‘blown it’ out of the blocks.
This turned out to be a huge mistake.
Day 2 threw out a whole new challenge, introducing many orienteers to brand new levels of ‘hard navigation’. On top of the incredibly complex rock, scattered areas of slow run meant that the visibility was low, making it extremely difficult to navigate confidently. And as soon as confidence wavered, small mistakes compounded into large mistakes, even larger mistakes, and finally, the realization that being ‘lost’ in the forest wasn’t just a figure of speech. Despite this, many of those who managed to soldier on and finish their courses were pleasantly surprised that, far from being last, they were in the top half of the field; or in some cases, were actually winning.
The next event in the Hobart region will be held on Saturday April 24th at Mt Nelson. On-line entries close on Wednesday April 21st at midnight. There is the possibility to enter on the day at an increased cost.
In the north-west, NW #3 will be held on Sunday April 25th. Details for both these events will be available next week.
OST 3 at Stags Head - Open For Entry
The next OST event is to be held at Stags Head, Lower Marshes on Sunday 2nd May. At this event competitors can look forward to navigating their way through the cliffs, boulders and other rich features available in the area which was logged two years ago.
Challenging courses have been provided that match the new OST requirements. This has enabled the restructuring of the harder courses and improvements to the easy and medium courses so that they use more predominant features in the open and have less reliance on tracks and fences.
This event is now open for entry. Please click here to enter via Eventor and to check out the Information Flyer for full details.
Christine Marshall inducted into Orienteering Australia Hall of Fame
At the Australian 3-days carnival, outgoing Orienteering Australia president Blair Trewin announced the new inductees into the OA Hall of Fame. Among them was Australopers member Christine Marshall, who was inducted into the Athlete division. Christine joins fellow Tasmanian Hanny Allston, who was inducted in 2020.
Christine made her first Australian WOC team in 1981 while still a junior and attended her first World Orienteering Championships in Thun, Switzerland. Over the next 10 years, Christine was a member of a further four WOC teams, including the team which competed in the 1985 World Championships at Mt Kooyoora in Victoria (along with Mike Dowling). In 1991 she achieved her best place of 27th in the long-distance race, in (then) Czechoslovakia.
When competing at the elite level in Australia, Christine was remarkably consistent with many top three finishes – winning W21E at both the Easter 3-days and Australian Championships in 1989. In addition to her achievements at the elite level, Christine has gone on to win or place in her age class in numerous national and Oceania championships – including a 3rd place in W55 at the 2021 Australian 3-days.
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