What’s in this Issue:
- View from the Chair
- ONZ Committee Vacancies
- New IOF Mapping Standards
- Junior Orienteering Camp
- Coaching Positions for Junior Camp
- High Performance Update
View from the Chair –
They say horizons change daily – and so I’ll start by swiftly moving on from previous Oceania and AWMG praise to expressing our best wishes to our WOC and JWOC athletes who are shortly to compete in Estonia and Finland respectively and also congratulate those selected to represent NZ as our NZSS team at the Aus Champs in Sept/Oct.
The Council have now resumed their focus on delivering the Annual Business Plan and as part of that have commenced the process of inviting applications for various committee positions as the initial terms of office have now expired and been completed. Whilst we encourage new blood and those eager to be involved to apply we are keen to build on the solid work performed by previous committees and get existing members to reapply for their reinstatement and build on their excellent previous inputs, guidance and leadership.
Council met in June and we focussed on Council and committee vacancies and resourcing these and getting people involved again after the spectacle of Oceania and AWMG. We also had discussions around the principles surrounding allocation of major events and the ability of all clubs to run significant events such as Queens Birthday, Nationals. We aim to continue inviting applications from all clubs for all events appreciating the conflict between smaller clubs aspiring to put on a major event and the larger clubs located within our major centres and the overall desire for rotation.
I managed to kick start the meetings with Orienteering Australia this month with the aim of having regular quarterly meetings. High on our agenda was expansion of orienteering within Oceania, further development of youth programmes and especially support for New Caledonia to receive full IOF recognition and status.
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.
- 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 [email protected]
New IOF Mapping Standards
The recent change of specification for orienteering maps, ISOM 2017, means that some symbols are now different on maps. The Mapping Committee believe it is important that orienteers in New Zealand are aware of these changes, so we have prepared a one-page document for orienteers that summarises the main changes people are likely to encounter.
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 open on ONZ website from 1 July and 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 open on ONZ website from 1 July and close on 31 July 2017
Coaching team to be announced at the end of August
High Performance Update
Advance Notice – 2017 Development Camp
As for the last 2 years, in the week before the ONZ Junior Camp there will be a Development camp aimed at the National Under 23 Squad and those older juniors just below the squad level. The camp this year will be held from Sunday 10 December – Friday 15 December in the Manawatu/Horowhenua. Accommodation is likely to be in Palmerston North.
Further information will be forthcoming in due course, but if this interests you keep the dates free.
Wanted … 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 bannerwe 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 [email protected]
World Orienteering Day A Continued Success
On Wednesday 24 May 2017, the second World Orienteering Day took place all over the world. It has proved an even greater success than last year, with over 288 000 participants all around the world taking part in an orienteering event. This is new record, with 35 000 more participants than last year.
In the end, 288 007 participants at 2265 locations in 79 countries have been part of something bigger, World Orienteering Day. Turkey is showing a fantastic result and has increased the number of participants with more than 75% compared to last year. As a final result, Turkey registered 86 436 WOD participants. Amazing!
From Antarctica to Greenland, from Singapore to Cameroun, from Ecuador to Kosovo, from Indonesia to Cyprus, hundreds of thousands of youngsters participated in World Orienteering Day. Following the idea “Be part of something bigger-Colour the World”, people all over the world took part in locally organised orienteering events, and celebrated the biggest world-wide orienteering event ever. World Orienteering Day is a very important tool to attract young people to the sport of orienteering, and it has been a success even in many countries where orienteering is not so well-known.
Hard work paid off
-Trying to repeat and surpass a successful first event is always daunting, as was the prospect of World Orienteering Day 2017. A lot of hard work has gone into building on last year’s achievement, and I am very happy to see that it has paid off. World Orienteering Day would not be possible without the initiative and dedication that can be found in the orienteering community, so I want to say a great thank you to everyone who organised a WOD event, as well as to our generous sponsors who helped make the event possible for many of us. I hope you all had a great day of celebration of our sport and congratulations on beating the World Record together! says Leho Haldna, the President of International Orienteering Federation (IOF).
There are many great examples from a lot of countries with increasing participants compared to last year. Amongst them were Serbia and the young IOF member Egypt, who did fantastic work with WOD this year and increased their number of participants by 103% and 43% respectively. This is a remarkable improvement! The largest WOD event was implemented at Hunan University in the city of Changsha in China with 3160 participants and the smallest one was carried out in an apartment in USA. This is orienteering; you can do it everywhere and anytime!
Reaching new territories
We also have to welcome new countries and territories as Cambodia, Lebanon, Philippines, Kosovo, Isle of Man, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Mauritius, Luxembourg and Antarctica. Without World Orienteering Day it has been quite difficult to get all these countries involved in orienteering.
– The global reach of the World Orienteering Day project made it clear already last year that it is an important way to spread orienteering, especially to young people. This is particularly important as it is in line with the key objective of the IOC Olympic Agenda 2020: engaging youth through sport. It has been inspiring to follow the many events on the WOD website and to see the wide spread of events. I am already looking forward to next year’s event, Leho Haldna concludes.
For more info and stats on the day, check out the link below:
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