Orienteering NZ Compass Point e-Newsletter – July 2017
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe - Thu 27 Jul 2017 10:17pm
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What’s in this Issue

  • View from the Chair
  • ONZ Committee Vacancies – 10 August deadline for applications
  • Junior Orienteering Camp – Applications Close 31 July
  • Coaching Positions for Junior Camp – Applications Close 31 July
  • High Performance Update

View from the Chair –

For once this month, I literally did take in the view from the chair staring at the computer and watching all unfold at WOC and JWOC. Congrats to our WOC teams for maintaining our level 2 status in Estonia and to Tommy Hayes for his magnificent silver medal in the JWOC Sprint in Finland. Tommy managed to join our July video Council Meeting after returning to Estonia – so we could congratulate him personally. It has really added some sparkle to Council meetings to have our youngest member succeed at the highest level of competition.

At our July Council meeting, we reviewed Malcolm Ingham’s WOC report and noted his salient comments around the need to change our approach to selection and training given the future format of WOC events. The WOC sprint events it appears are all about speed –so our focus will need to reflect this as well as catering for more physically demanding long distance races.  Looking forward it seems that we may have to select athletes in line with their specialization and gone are the days of athletes completing in all four disciplines.

Again at our July Council meeting we reviewed the current draft policy on Anti Match Fixing. Ironic though it seems, we need to have a policy in place to deal with any possible attempt to corruptly influence event outcomes and guard against match fixing and betting. All NZ NSO’s are having to deal with this. This is work in motion and hopefully we will be able to circulate the policy for comment by the general membership before the end of the year.

We continue to examine principles surrounding the hosting of major events in NZ notably Nationals, Queens Birthday, Labour Weekend etc and aim to consider rotational issues as well as the ability of smaller clubs to host larger events. Russell Higham our Event Liaison Personnel is leading the charge on this.

In terms of international liaison, we are about to provide feedback to IOF on their Environmental Sustainability Strategy. One of our Council Members managed to attend the IOF Presidents Meeting whilst over in Estonia watching son Nick compete at WOC.

Being July School Holidays last week, we had Year 7 & 8 and Secondary School students competed in the NZSS Champs in the Wairarapa.   Apparently it went extremely well despite the mud!  Thanks also to Wellington OC for hosting and the landowners including Sir Brian Lahore who not only hosted us on is farm but also presented medals on the final day.

David Turner
Chair ONZ Council

ONZ Committee Vacancies

The first term of the ONZ Committee members are now up for renewal.

Each committee has slightly different appointment criteria and member numbers.  We have replaced some committee members in the last year, so these are not up for renewal.

Firstly, we are seeking applications for the JDC, MTBO and Rogaine committees. Closing Soon

  • Junior Development – 3-4 members
  • MTBO – 3-5 members
  • Rogaine – 3-5 members

We’ll follow up with the Selection Panels, Technical and Mapping committees by the end of the year.

  • Junior Selectors
  • Senior Selectors
  • Technical Committee
  • Mapping Committee

Full position descriptions for all these roles are available on the Orienteering NZ website.

Applications for the JDC, MTBO and Rogaine Committees close 10 August 2017.

Please forward your application to gm@orienteering.org.nz

TommyHayes-Silver JWOC Sprint
Congratulations to Tommy Hayes who finished 2nd at the recent JWOC Sprint Finals.

Upcoming Events

For upcoming events check out the Orienteering NZ website

Junior Orienteering Camp “O Camp” – Taranaki

Dates- Sun 17 – Fri 22 December 2017

Location – TSB Topec, 7km south of New Plymouth.
Pick up at – New Plymouth airport or bus station

Terrain – farm and native bush, forest, parks, schools and a graveyard.

Junior Camp is for you  if you are…

  • At school or of equivilent age
  • Running orange consistently or red
  • A member of an ONZ affiliated club
  • Someone who wants to improve their orienteering and have fun
  • Aiming for regional schools team and NZ schools team

Cost TBC includes full board, maps, transport

Applications close on 31 July 2017.

Participants confirmed by 31 August 2017

Coaching positions for Junior Camp

Bed and board provided at camp

  • Head coach: to master mind the whole of the training and delegate to the intermediate coaches.  Must have coached at a high level and had experience at designing a programme of exercises for the ability range at camp. Experience with managing large groups is useful.
  • Intermediate coaches: to plan exercises and be team leader for a specific ability group. Must have been a coach at a previous camp (any camp). Experience with communicating and teaching skills to a group of about 15 is useful.
  • Trainee coaches: to assist the intermediate coaches and learn coaching skills.  Have finished high school year 13 or equivalent age.

Applications close on 31 July 2017

Coaching team to be announced at the end of August

High Performance Update

It’s been a busy with the WOC team in Estonia, JWOC in Finland and World Games in Poland.

Lots of updates have been posted on the ONZ website so check out the successes of our team there.

Click on the link to read Tommy’s interview post his Silver medal which was published on the IOF website

Runner visiting Orienteering ControlWanted … Orienteering Photos

We are wanting good looking images that reflects orienteering in NZ to update our website.  We know lots of you do take photos of events etc and we’d love to use your photos on our webste.

To fit the ONZ website banner we need images which will fit the narrow band size 1366px x 304px. (or better e.g.  2732px x 600px or  5464px x 1200px)

If you have any images you are willing to share please send them to webmaster@orienteering.org.nz

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