Please forward this email to friends who might be interested in orienteering.
We hope you enjoy this week's newsletter.
Welcome back to the forest!
Last weekend over 100 orienteers came to Coles Bay for the first OST event after a long enforced break. The weather gods smiled upon us with two sunny winter days. A great night event organised by Cathy McComb took place on Saturday evening. Simon Louis was fastest to visit all controls scoring a maximum of 600 points. In the women's division Claire Butler was the open winner with 420 points.
On Sunday, challenging courses set by Bernard Walker were enjoyed by all. Full results can be found here.
Entries now open for Ridgeway and Arboretum
In the south, the second event in the restarted 2020 orienteering season will be held at Ridgeway, using the Waterworks map, on Sunday August 2nd. All events at present are pre-entry (through Eventor) with entries for this event closing on Wednesday 29th July.
Tasmanian Sprint Championships - Randalls Bay - Sunday August 16th
This is NOT going to be your average sprint terrain. No streets, no parkland, no school campuses. In fact, according the description of sprint orienteering in the rules, this won’t really be a 'Sprint'. Perhaps you could call it a 'forest sprint' but really 'short middle' would be more accurate.
This will be real forest orienteering with some very intense technical navigation in old sand quarries.
The map also covers some coastal reserve including Mickeys Beach, Randalls Bay Beach and some beautiful rugged coastline.
It may not be your usual sprint race but it will be a real test of orienteering in unique and beautiful terrain. And quite possibly Australia's southernmost orienteering map.
After the event you can do the lovely short local Echo Sugarloaf walk, which starts at the assembly area, to take in stunning 360 degree views of the Southwest National Park, Huon River and D'Entrecasteaux Channel. And then visit Cygnet (just 12km away) for coffee, food, galleries, etc.
Entries close on Wednesday 12th August. No late entries will be accepted.
Hanny Allston Finds her Feet
Are you looking for a great read? Check out Hanny Allston’s autobiography 'Finding my Feet'. It has recently been released and is highly recommended. Hanny is Australia's most successful orienteer at the international elite level, with gold medals at both the senior and junior world championships.
As Hanny tells her story, she openly shares her struggles and achievements.
Explore the parks, pathways, shores and bushlands of Kingston and Blackmans Bay while you navigate to as many checkpoints as you can find in 4 hours. You can share the fun with friends or family in your team of 2 to 5 people. A specially made map shows the checkpoint locations and lots of other detail to help you find your way. Your route is your choice. You can stay in the streets and parks or tackle tracks through the bush or along the coast. It can be a cruisy social outing with a pause or two at a café, or a hard-run race to maximise your score. But regardless of score, you are a winner if you get out and enjoy the area and the navigational challenge.