Jenni Adams in the Piopio forest, Waitango 2007. Credit: Jamie Stewart
Race Start NZ Champs 2015 Middle – The Rockery Onewhero. Credit: Karen Woods
Auckland Orienteering Series 2015 – Woodhill. Credit: Karen Woods
  
Selfs Farm Summer Orienteering
Orienteering NZ Compass Point e-Newsletter – January 2015
By Catriona McBean - Tue 20 Jan 2015 12:00pm
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Orienteering NZ - Find your adventure.

Welcome to the Orienteering NZ e-newsletter.  This year we are aiming to get out to as many of our members, past and present, and interested groups with regular updates via email.


Presidents Piece

This section of the newsletter will be where Simon Addison our President will provide a quick update from him. Currently Simon is somewhere in the deep south out of contact, so next issue we’ll hear from him direct.


We have already had a very busy this year and we are only 3 weeks into the new year.

In December the D-squad meet in Levin for a Camp organised by Nick Smith and Wellington hosted 95 young orienteers at the Junior Camp in the Wairarapa (photo below). Both camps were very well organised and very successful. A big THANK YOU to everyone involved in these camps.

NZ teams and lots of club orienteers headed off to Tasmania for the ANZ Challenge, the ANZ Schools Challenge, Oceania and the World Cup round.

By all accounts the competitions were challenging for everyone, despite the heat, injuries and a few cheeky requests to sponsor some Tasmanian Devils.

With home ground advantage, Australia took out the ANZ Challenge 37-23, but the racing was extremely close and some classes were decided overall by a matter of a few seconds. In the elite test match Australia won 216 to NZs 206.

Nick Hann took out the World Cup Sprint event, and Lizzie Ingham finished 3rd in the Oceania Middle.

Three of the fours individual schools events were won by our school team and our team took out the relay events.

Junior Camp participants preparing for another exciting challenge

Junior Camp participants preparing for another exciting challenge

 


Committee Vacancies – Reminder

Applications are invited for the following committee positions. Applications to the General Manager by 31 January.

Technical Committee

  • Detailed knowledge of the requirements of the different sports which are the responsibility of the Orienteering NZ, namely orienteering, rogaine, and MTBO.
  • In depth knowledge of the rules of orienteering as they apply to nationally and internationally-recognised events.
  • Significant involvement in, and knowledge of, event planning and management, for all levels of participation.
  • Awareness of educational needs and effective training methods for technical development.
  • Understanding of resources currently available that may be utilised by clubs and Orienteering NZ.

Selectors

To sit on 1 of 3 panels – Senior, Junior, and Mountain Biking. A Selector should have:

  • an awareness of the nature of elite and international competition
  • a knowledge and interest in the capabilities and personalities of top New Zealand orienteers (junior, elite and veteran)
  • well-connected throughout the orienteering community in New Zealand
  • the ability to commit time to the selection panel which may include attendances at trial and selection events.

Mapping Committee

  • Detailed knowledge of the particular mapping requirements for Foot Orienteering and an understanding of the common mapping requirements for orienteering, rogaine and MTBO;
  • In depth knowledge of the international standards for orienteering mapping namely:
  • International Specification for Orienteering Maps
  • International Specification for Sprint Orienteering Maps
  • International Specification for MTB Orienteering Maps
  • Significant involvement in, and knowledge of, mapping and map production, particularly in the New Zealand context;
  • Awareness of educational needs and effective training methods for mapping development;
  • Understanding of resources currently available that may be utilised by clubs and Orienteering NZ.

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


Other Vacancies – Reminder

Applications are invited for the following positions. Applications to the General Manager by 31 January.

Fixtures Coordinator

The Fixtures Coordinator should have:

  • excellent communication and motivational skills
  • well-connected throughout the orienteering community in New Zealand
  • sound interpersonal skills, as the role requires extensive liaison with many people
  • the ability to organise and plan
  • the ability to act as an enabler

Volunteer Training Coordinator

This is a Contracted role at $25/hr, 6 hours/week.
The position requires an experienced orienteer with experience in education, training and/or professional development.

The Volunteer Training Coordinator should have:

  • excellent communication and motivational skills
  • well-connected throughout the orienteering community in New Zealand
  • sound interpersonal skills, as the role requires extensive liaison with many people
  • the ability to organise and plan
  • event organisation experience, both planning and controlling
  • coaching experience (preferred)

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


New Anti-Doping Rules

On 1 January the new Anti-Doping Rules from WADA, ASADA and IOF Anti-Doping policies came into force. All athletes should be aware of the Orienteering NZ position on Anti-doping. For more information check out the Orienteering NZ website.


JWOC2015

JWOC nominations close on 31 January.

All orienteers who wish to be considered for JWOC need to email gm@orienteering.org.nz advising their nomination.

JWOC Trials will be held in the Wairarapa 21-22 March 2015


Upcoming Events

  • 3-6 April – NZ Champs, Counties Manukau
  • 16-18 April – North Island Secondary School Champs, Red Kiwi
  • 18-19 April – South Island Secondary School Champs, PAPO
  • 30 May – 1 June – Queens Birthday, North West

For more events check out the Orienteering NZ website


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