What’s in this Issue:
- View from the Chair
- ONZ Policy Updates
- Team Staff Vacancy – Pinestars Manager
- Introducing the Council – Alison Comer
- HP Update
- Event Liaison Update
- WANTED: Quality areas for NZ Champs
- Active NZ Participation Survey Results
- STILL LOST: National Championship Trophies
View from the Chair
Hi everyone, firstly, congratulations to our athletes winning in the European competitions, namely Tim Robertson – Gold at WUOC Sprint in Finland, Marquita Gelderman multiple Gold medals at WMMTBO in Hungary and to Gillian Ingham, Gold in the WMOC W60 Sprint in Hungary.
Best wishes for the team at WOC in Latvia at the beginning of August.
Closer to home, the Schools team travelling to Australia at the end of September numbers 20, as it now includes 4 travelling reserves. We also have a Regional Invitation team of 17 juniors going to Australia. This makes for a huge group of juniors going to Australia this year, indicative of the strength and depth of junior orienteering in New Zealand at the moment. Keeping these juniors involved in orienteering beyond school is important for the future of the sport and for the future of the clubs that support the schools in getting their students involved.
I’ve had discussions with a couple of clubs this month about hosting major events. As you will know from previous Compass Points, ONZ is now asking clubs to volunteer to host key events like Nationals, Queens Birthday, National Schools, etc rather than clubs being allocated these events on a rotational basis. ONZ Events Officer (Russell Higham) is canvassing for 2019 and 2020 events at the moment, but bids for future events are also welcome. At the same time we are encouraging clubs to look for new non-traditional locations where Nationals or other major events could be held, and if required ONZ can provide support to a smaller club to host a major event in a new area. We welcome multi-club bids to run events also.
As always, I’m happy to talk to clubs about ONZ policy and strategy, and I’m keen to get your feedback and ideas so we can support clubs better.
ONZ Policy Updates
The following policies have been reviewed by the ONZ Council:
- G2 – Sports Anti-Doping – reconfirmed with no changes.
- G3 – Appeals – reconfirmed with no changes
- 2014 World Schools Selection – repealed
The 2014 World Schools Selection Policy was repealed as the policy had lapsed and the selection criteria was included in the updated G1 – Selection Criteria Appendix which was updated in March 2017. The points and other information on how the teams will be determined are being integrated into the Rules Review project as the Council recognised this information is needed in the same place as all other competition rules and points.
- D6 – Rogaine Committee Click Here for more
Feedback on D6 to be sent to [email protected] by 17 August 2018.
A list of the policies to be reviewed first can be found on the ONZ website.
This list will be regularly updated so please ensure you continue to check out what is being reviewed.
For upcoming events check out the Orienteering NZ website
Team Staff Vacancy
Junior Pinestars Team Manager
Alison has orienteered for nearly 20 years, and is currently Secretary for Auckland Orienteering Club. She mostly enjoys planning courses, but when required will also control or coordinate events, do a bit of mapping, operate the tech stuff and coach juniors. Specific interests while on Council will include strategic development of junior orienteering in NZ, growing and promoting orienteering as a sport for life, and organisational good practice. Outside of orienteering (is there such a thing?), Alison works as a freelance medical/scientific writer, and also tramps with her family (when they’re not orienteering) and occasionally enters trail running races to torture herself.
In terms of international results July 2018 has probably been the most successful month ever for New Zealand orienteering – 6 gold medals, 2 silver and one bronze! Although pride of place must go to Tim Robertson’s sprint victory at the World University Championships, Marquita Gelderman’s four (4) golds in W50 at the World Masters MTBO Championships is a phenomenal achievement. Marquita also had 2 top 10 finishes at the foot-O masters where Gillian Ingham was the other gold medallist in the W60 sprint. Not to be forgotten also are Rob Garden’s silvers and bronze, also at the MTBO.
There have been some excellent perfoormances too, although no medals, at JWOC. Joseph Lynch has continued in the tradition of Tim and Tommy Hayes with a 15th pace in the sprint, while Lara Molloy’s 31st in the long distance was also a fabulous result. Perhaps the best run of the week, however, was Lara’s in the relay where on the last leg she pulled NZL up from the mid-30’s to the top 20, finishing with a faster leg time than many of the top runners from earlier in the week, including double gold medallist Simona Aebersold of Switzerland.
Now, of course, we look forward to WOC in the first week of August where, on current form, NZL may have realistic chances of top 20 finishes in perhaps as many as 5 of the races. We shall see.
Event Liaison Update
2019 Events – Expression of Interest
ONZ is still looking for expressions of interest from clubs for 2019 who are keen and are able to host these national and long weekend events in an attempt to ensure the events are the best they can be for competitors and clubs alike. We are keen to see clubs wanting to host events rather than feeling obliged to hold them and not enjoying the experience.
The events we are seeking expressions of interest for are:
- National MTBO Championships
- NZSS Schools Championships
- NZSS Schools Rogaine Championships
- Junior Camp
- NZSS North Island Schools
- NZSS South Island Schools
Note – Waitangi Day and ANZAC day are midweek these years so there are no official long weekend events for 2019.
Events assigned for 2019 are:
- National Championships has been awarded to PAPO
- Queens Birthday weekend has been awarded to WN
- Labour weekend has been awarded to AK
If you have updated event information please contact Russell Higham [email protected].
WANTED:Quality areas for the ONZ National Championships 2020 and beyond
ONZ is changing the way we select areas for our premier National Champs. The rotation system we have used in the past has had its day, and we are looking for areas that are fit for purpose, not just a nearby club’s capability or capacity to map and organise it.
ONZ will event manage the process, drawing from the best people available from around the country.
Criteria: The areas offered need to fall in line with the object of the different formats on offer.
Middle distance: Technically complex terrain
Long distance: Physically tough terrain allowing for good route choice possibilities.
These areas also need to be able to cater for recreational orienteers, beginners and children and be reasonably accessible.
At this time we are looking for Long and middle distance areas. A sprint area within reasonable driving distance will be a bonus.
Who can suggest an area? Anyone.
Who will judge areas suitability: ONZ General Manager, ONZ Event Liaison, ONZ Performance Leader and invited experts (eg prospective controller).
To register an area, please follow this link to an online form.
Active NZ Participation Survey
The 2017 Active NZ participation survey has been published.
This is the fourth time Sport NZ has carried out a nationwide participation survey. However, it is the first time since 2011 that we have reported young people’s participation and the very first time we have surveyed young people and adults together.
The results in this report are based on data collected through the Active NZ survey between 5 January 2017 and 4 January 2018 from 6,004 young people (aged 5–17) and 27,038 adults (aged 18+).
The report provides a point-in-time snapshot (rather than trend analysis) of participation in sport and active recreation explored through the lenses of age, gender, ethnicity and deprivation. Key findings include:
- Participation peaks between 12 and 14 years before dropping off significantly between ages 15 and 17.
- On average, there is no difference in the percentage of males and females who are active in any given week, however males spend more time participating and females are more likely to want to participate more.
- Maori and Pacific adults have lower than average weekly participation, however young Maori spend the most time participating in any given week.
- People living in high deprivation areas have below average levels of participation, and also spend less time participating.
A quick summary of the results:
Participation in past 7 days (from when they competed the survey)
Active NZ Young People 5-17 yrs %
|Running, jogging or cross-country||52|
|Playing (e.g. running around, climbing trees, make-believe)||41|
|Games (e.g. four square, tag, bull rush, dodgeball)||36|
|Playing on playground (e.g. jungle gym)||36|
|Walking for fitness||29|
|Cycling or biking||29|
Active NZ Adults 18+ %
|Individual workout using equipment||22|
|Running / Jogging||20|
|Playing games (e.g. with kids)||16|
|Cycling (road cycling, mountain biking, BMX)||11|
|Group fitness class (e.g. aerobics, crossfit)||9|
YES!!!! We are still looking for the lost National Championship Trophies
We are looking for the following trophies which were not returned for the 2018 National Championships …. and perhaps have not been returned for a year or two prior to this.
We really want to ensure all our National Champions get the chance to celebrate their successes and have the trophy in their possession for the year.
If you are in possession of one of the following trophies from previous years, we would appreciate it if you could return to the Orienteering NZ General Manager ASAP so it can be sent to this year’s recipient.
Before you return it, don’t forget to get your name engraved on it!
- M18 – FOUND!
Keeping you more informed
ONZ has updated its enewsletter database which now allows you to chose which areas are of special interest to you – such as High Performance, Technical, Mapping.
We welcome your feedback at any time.
Our mailing address is: [email protected]