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View from the Chair – May 2022
By Christo Peters - Tue 31 May 2022 8:43pm


The month of May has been a very good month for the profile of orienteering across the community and the general public. The article on Lizzie Ingham which appeared in the Locker room (Newsroom), and picked up by a number of media channels was a brilliant insight to one of NZ’s top orienteers. Nothing new to most of us in the Orienteering community who know Lizzie, but having it written and shared in a way that was accessible to the wider public was a real coup for the sport, and of course great recognition for Lizzie! And then this past week seeing Tim Robertson’s performance at the World cup with a silver in the Sprint and another silver in the knock out Sprint was phenomenal. Not only has it reinforced the immense talent Tim has, but having the live feeds and replays channelled through web and social media platforms creates great interest and excitement which I know many of you have enjoyed being part of. Having Joolz Moore involved with our promotion and marketing has been a very positive step, and we will keep working on sharing and highlighting content like this, and continuing to build interest and engagement with orienteering and the community.

There is a real sense of excitement and buzz building in the NZ orienteering community at the moment, as plans develop for sending teams and having people compete and represent NZ overseas. We have done well these past 2 years making do. However it really is a great feeling to have the world open up again.

The ONZ AGM took place in early May, and we had good attendance from most clubs who joined via Zoom. There were no remits and no debates or discussions of note and from the Council perspective, we can only assume that means people are generally happy with how ONZ is being run at the moment. However we are also clear on the importance of positive engagement and dialogue with members, so will be looking at how we stimulate this more in the coming months. The ONZ Council held its first meeting following the AGM, and as well as reviewing how the Council will work and function in the next year, the election for Chairperson took place. We can confirm that responsibility has been bestowed on myself, for what will be my fourth year as Chair. The role of Chair is to represent the views of Council and I appreciate the trust Council members have put into me to do this appropriately.

That’s it for this month.  Having missed the Nationals due to Covid, I am really excited at the prospect of attending the Queen’s Birthday event which Wellington is putting on next weekend.  Hopefully I will see many of you there!

Happy running

Peter Swanson
Ph 027 302 4863
Email onz-chair@orienteering.org.nz

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