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Orienteering SA ENEWS 10 September 2019

Editorial Notes: 
Please send all contributions to  Articles should be concise & can contain hyper links but no attachments or graphics. Normally ENEWS is sent out on Tuesdays so copy needs to be sent in by Monday at the latest. Check out other news on the OrienteeringSA website: https://sa.orienteering.asn.auor the Facebook Orienteering SA page. 
Robyn Dose - Editor 


1. Schools Relay Championships 13 September
2. Training day Para Wirra 15 September
3. Teachers as Orienteering coaches training 15 September

4. SA MTBO Champs 15 September Mt Pleasant - Enter NOW
5. SA Night O Champs 21 September
6. Middle Distance Champs Wirra Wirra 22 September
7. September newsletter published
8. 2019 Australian MTBO champs - enter this
9. The Australian Orienteer -read it online!


1. Schools Relay Championships
This event is to be held on Friday 13th September at Bonython Park.
Ken Thompson is the Event Secretary and Clive Arthur the Course Setter.
Helpers are again required to assist in the many ways necessary to successfully run an event of this type.Please let me know if you are able to assist at

2. Training Day Sunday 15 September 2019 Para Wirra North 
The training will be based at Gawler View.
 Registrations are required prior to dusk on 11th September for those nominating for the teacher training or moderate course skills and techniques.
 See the link for further details

3. Next Registered Teachers Level 0 Orienteering Coach Training 15 September 2019
The next Registered Teachers Level 0 Orienteering Coach training will be conducted at Para Wirra Conservation Park as part of the Orienteering SA Training Day on 15 September 2019.

We need more orienteering coaches in schools.

See the link for
further details


4. SA MTBO CHAMPS – SEPT 15 – MT Pleasant
This event is open to all – so dust the cobwebs off the bikes and come and tackle the courses set by David Talbot.
If you want to ride a shorter course or go in pairs, (C3, C4) that is also possible .  Entries via Eventor by Wed SEPT 11th.


Course Optimum Riding Kms* Approx climb on optimal route Classes Expected winning time in mins
1 42 450 metres M21 105-115
2 33.5 275 M17-20 (M20)
M40; M50
3 26 100 M 16
M60; M70
W17-20 (W20)
W40; W50;
4 17.5 75 W16
W60; W70
RULES to remember
  • You must visit the controls in order 1, 2, 3 etc
  • You CANT ride across the forest.  You must stay on tracks or on bright yellow (cleared ground).
  • You must stay with your bike at all times – no leaving it and running to controls.
  • Riders going downhill should give way to riders going uphill.
5. SA Night Orienteering Champs Wirra Wirra West OY (Mt Crawford) Saturday 21 September

Come enjoy night orienteering with Tjuringa Orienteers.  Close to Adelaide near Mt Crawford.   A range of Hard, Moderate and Easy Courses. Easy Course is for groups only including an adult. 

Mainly pine forest - some thick (stay out) some quite open running, and open native forest. Spurs and watercourses across the map. Many wide tracks. Starts from 6.30pm. It will be dark and cold so bring suitable clothing, a reliable torch and whistle.

Join us camping overnight up the road at the SA Middle Distance O Champs start area (Sunday morning) also on Wirra Wirra map. Suggest bring red, cheese and beanie. Enter by Wed Sept 18.

Fees and more detail on Eventor. Or call Lewis Carter 0402 772 247

6. Wirra Wirra Middle Distance Championships preview
Your final opportunity to get in some last-minute rock orienteering practice before the Oceania/Aust Champs carnival is the SA Middle Distance Championships at Wirra Wirra on Sunday September 22nd. Entries are open now in Eventor  and close on Wed 18th. 

Pre-entering this great Wallaringan event will:
- guarantee you entry into your chosen class/course;
- allow you to avoid the queue at registration - go straight to the start at your pre-allocated start time;
- gain you a water proof map, either in a sealed quality plastic bag or waterproof paper;
- reduce your need for cash at the event, allowing you to spend more on Junior Arrows' catering!
Not pre-entering means you will have a limited range of courses to choose from and not get to experience the full benefits of Tyson Hillyard's course planning...


The September OSA newsletter has been published here. It was expected to be a bumper edition, and it should not disappoint.

There are reports on SA's orienteers' experiences in New Zealand, Spain, France, Scotland, in the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Denmark, in the World Orienteering Championships in Norway, and the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Latvia. Locally, there are articles on the Eyre Peninsula relays, the Burra weekend, and on the travels of a globe-trotting orienteer who calls SA home (when he's here!).


8. The 2019 Australian MTBO Champs

The first 100 entries to this year's Australian MTBO Championships will receive a free souvenir drawstring backpack courtesy of our major sponsor Wildfire Sports.
The Championships will be held in Maryborough, Victoria from 25-27 October. There will be FOUR championships events contested over 3 daysplus a training event, the Championships Dinner to be held at the iconic Maryborough Station, and an IOF run MTBO Workshop for Organisers, Course setters and Controllers. This year also sees the first Australian Mass Start Championship, so make sure you book this weekend, including the Friday, to be part of this fantastic carnival of MTBO.

The Championships is also a round of the World Masters Series, the final round of the National MTBO Series and an Australia-New Zealand Challenge. All good reasons to be part of something very special.
For all of the latest information, visit and download Bulletin 2.  Enter on Eventor.
Don't forget that the ACT MTBO Championships will be held the weekend before – 18-20 October, and includes 3 races; Mass Start, Middle and Long. Take part in these two carnivals for a total of 8 events over 10 days. Read ACT Champs Bulletin 1 here:
SA ENTRANTS – Kay Haarsma will be running an indoor training session for this – showing previous / similar maps & discussing route choices etc.
Contact Kay on to let her know you are interested

9. The Australian Orienteer
The September 2019 edition of The Australian Orienteer is available to download from . The magazine file is 56MB and contains 17 maps which will be in crisp definition if you download the file. If you view the maps on-line in Issuu the definition will not be as crisp.

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