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Royal George wrap-up
Over 105 people descended on Royal George on Sunday for OST 4, which also served as the third and final selection event for the Tasmanian Schools team. As promised, Bernard Walker delivered many intriguing route choice conundrums, including the much-discussed 'mega-leg' which traversed the map from the north-east to the south-west on courses 1, 2, and 3. Extending his powers even further, Bernard managed to deliver us balmy blue skies from somewhere in central Australia.
All eyes were on courses 3, 4 and 6 - the selection races for Senior Boys, Senior Girls and Junior Boys and Girls respectively. As expected, top-performing juniors Liana Stubbs and Euan Best took out the Junior Girls and Junior Boys races on Course 6; while in the Senior Boys, Niko Stoner had a convincing win over Jett McComb and Riley Kerr. In the Senior Girls, a closely-contested race between Tara Powell and Zali McComb saw Tara victorious by less than a minute. Congratulations to everyone who tried out for the Schools Team - stay tuned for an announcement here soon!
In the south, this is the third event in the 2021 orienteering season for southern Tasmania. The event uses the Queens Domain map with a focus on the upper domain area. Four courses are available – Long, Medium, Short, Novice.
• Long & Medium courses will be challenging and take on the less orienteered parts of the map.
• Short & Novice courses will encompass the less physically challenging parts of the map.
For further details and to enter, click here. On-line entries close on Wednesday 26th May at midnight.
In the north-west, this is the fourth event in the Devonport/Burnie Sunday series. The event will take place at the Arboretum and is a variety of open forest with areas of detailed rock features. For further details and to enter, click here. On-line entries close on Friday 28th May at midnight.
Launceston Sprint Weekend Extravaganza
Entry is now open for all Launceston Sprint Weekend events, which promises to be an amazing weekend.
To enter all events select ‘Enter all 5 local events at discounted price’ and also select ‘Tas Sprint Championships’
Volunteers for Australian Championships
Organisation is going full-steam ahead for the AOC to be held in Tasmania in late September. If you are attending the carnival and don't already have a role we'd love it if you could pitch in and help for any amount of time.
After each event we need to get the controls in as soon as possible, as they'll be needed again soon for another event. The more volunteers we have, the less each person will have to do. Also, it's fun. The organisers of each event will coordinate the control collectors.
Parking attendants/COVID checkin
We need people to direct arriving cars, and make sure everyone does the COVID checkin. You'll be able to have priority parking at the event, wear a fluoro green vest and wave your arms around a lot. Duties will finish earlier in the day than most other volunteer tasks. Julian Roscoe is the parking manager.
Can you spare an hour or two to volunteer at the registration and info desk? Kim Nankervis is in charge of competitor services.
As we are using SI Air at each event the controls need to be 'woken-up' before the first competitor goes out. The organisers of each event will do this, but will need some help at the longer events. If you are a confident and speedy navigator please consider this important job. You will get free entry to the event (if you have any energy left to compete) but will be unofficial in the results.
If you want to volunteer for any of these roles, or have any questions please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Sally Wayte.
Part of competing in an Orienteering competition is the joy of seeing your name up in ‘lights’ in the results at the end of the day. This is more so in championship races. The Australian Champs is the next level as far as producing the results go, requiring multiple computers and a fully redundant backup system. All this requires a lot of person-power to set up and maintain during the day and then packing it all up at the end of the day to be ready to setup up for the next venue. We have found from previous major events it is a two person job to setup the timing system for the event so I am looking for somebody to assist me throughout the carnival. The position would suit somebody with some background in IT but you don’t have to be an IT guru. The person who does the work will still have time to compete during the day as the work is at beginning and at the end of the day.
I also need a team of volunteers to monitor and assist the finishers as they pass through download computers during the day. Again, you will have time to run and, with enough team members, have plenty of time to socialise during the day. No experience necessary as I will train you beforehand.
If you are interested in any of these jobs please get in touch by phone or email.
We are also after a large waterproof digital clock to display the actual time of day, including seconds, at the finish chute to be used as a backup up for timing during the event. If you have one or know somebody who does have one we would like to borrow it.
Thank you, for your continuing support of our junior BBQ. Although Covid restrictions are easing we plan to continue with the current pre-ordering procedure through Eventor for the remainder of 2021. Pre-ordering has a number of benefits - it minimises wastage, ensures you get what you want, reduces money handling at events, makes the shopping list easier, etc. A couple of reminders though, you need to select what you want and ADD it to your entry. The trick is to click the ADD SERVICE button. Check your receipt once you've paid and make sure the service has been included. Services can be added or changed at any time up until close of entries. After that, the best way to make sure you don't get missed is to email: with your order request. Cakes, slices and drinks will continue to be cash on the day. We'd also like to minimise our environmental impact and strongly encourage people to hold onto their recyclable consumables (drink cans, bottles, cardboard) and dispose of them in the appropriate recycling bin at home. We look forward to serving you again soon!
Protect Kelvedon Hills
Kelvedon is a property on the east coast between Spiky Bridge and Swansea. We have an orienteering map on this property that stretches from the coast onto the first range of hills to the west. It is the location for this year's Tasmanian Long Distance and Relay Championships in mid-September. The Tasmanian Land Conservancy has recently launched an appeal to raise funds to preserve 1300 ha of high conservation land to the west of our map. If you would like to find out more about this very worthwhile project please have a look at the TLC website.
The Australian Orienteer - June Edition
The June edition of The Australian Orienteer is coming soon. In this one we concentrate on the Easter Carnival and the Melbourne City Race, with coverage of the mapping, course setting and the competition at these events. As well, the March "Spot the Difference" was intentionally hard to prepare you for Easter, so we have included the solutions in the June magazine, as well as another one to test you. We congratulate members of the JWOC Honour Team and the WOC Merit Team. There's news of a Chinese Orienteering Museum, a Swedish mapper finds Bronze age treasure, O-SPY finds some more to puzzle and interest you, and the new SPORTident SIAC controls are put through their paces.
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"The Australian Orienteer"
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