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2020 Awards Dinner
Seventy-five OT members enjoyed a delicious dinner and an entertaining evening last Saturday. Many many awards were handed out, and the major ones are:
President's Award: Bernard Walker
Vice Presidents' Award: Euan Best
Outstanding Service Award: Mary Hawthorne
Outstanding Service Award: Helena and Wayne Griggs
Tasmanian Orienteers of the Year: Arabella Phillips and Jon McComb
John Brammall Excellence Award: Liana Stubbs
To see the final OST and Excellence points for the year see here.
Pittwater double header
Last weekend, orienteers were given a rare opportunity to learn from their mistakes - or perhaps compound them - when the Southern Regional Championships were followed a day later by the Tasmanian Middle Distance Championships at Pittwater Dunes. On Saturday, courses ranging from 'almost impossible' to 'still hard' were enjoyed by almost 75 competitors in the Southern Regional Championships. However, it was northerners Arabella Phillips and Oscar Bucirde who took out the open age categories after strong runs on the technical courses. Congratulations to all place getters, and thanks to Jemery Day and Matt Cohen for setting and organising.
Following the cancellation of the Tasmanian Middle Distance championships in St Helens due to extreme weather, Jon McComb once more proved that he's more than just a two-time winner of 'Best Chocolate Cake by a Male' at the Huon Show by offering to organise a replacement champs at short notice. Courses that left many scratching their heads in the dreaded 'no man's land' of the open dunes soon weeded out the champions from the also-rans, resulting in winning margins ranging from 'skin of the o-pants' to 'daylight second'. Congratulations to Cathy McComb and Joe Dickinson for their wins in W21 and M21 respectively, and to all the other age category winners. And a huge thank you to Jon McComb and controller Peter Cusick for making the event possible.
Spring Twilight Event 3 - South
This event will take place on Wednesday 4th November at Hobart College, Mt Nelson.
Long (4-5 km), medium (3-4 km), short (2-2.5km), and primary (1.5-2km) courses will be available. The novice and short courses are suitable for newcomers. Course setter for the event is Sebastian Burgess. Entries close at midnight on Sunday November 1st. Further details see Eventor.
New to orienteering?
Orienteering Australia has released seven Getting Started guides, describing introductory skills and techniques. You can find links to download these booklets on our webpage About Orienteering.
Adult Concession Eligibility
We have had some queries recently about who is eligible for Adult Concession fees at orienteering. You are eligible if you have a Pensioner Concession Card like this or if you are a full-time student (and have a student card to prove it). Anyone who is eligible for the Pensioner Concession card will automatically be sent one by the Government, so if you don't have one of these (or a student card) you are not eligible for adult concession fees at orienteering. If you have any queries please contact Sally.
Advance Notice - Training Course
A training course covering event planning and controlling plus course setting will be held on Sunday 13th December at the Senior Citizens Centre in Redwood Road, Kingston. The course is open to everyone, and will satisfy the mandatory update session for level one and two controllers whose accreditation is about to expire and who wish to be re-accredited. Further details are available on Eventor.
Director, Technical Orienteering, Tasmania
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