Last month we started to have a look at some of the information generated from enrollments on our national membership database. In part one we learnt that there was a significant interest in rogaine events – nearly half our members expressed an interest in a discipline which currently makes up 14% of the events offered […]
The last few weeks I seem to have been a magnet for anything to do with rules. Before I go into this, I have to declare that I’m not a massive proponent of having lots of rules – my philosophy, partly developed through my work as a business consultant, but also having a father who […]
In 1991 Orienteering Hutt Valley ran New Zealand’s first rogaine. Over time events worked up to 24hr rogaine classics and the popular 3hr after-work format was created. To mark 30 years of rogaining in New Zealand, Orienteering Hutt Valley’s year’s Big Trig run between Fri 10th and Sun 12th Dec. The event will consist of […]
How much do we value orienteering? Well here we are again, facing the spectre of a multi week lockdown, which a month ago was hard to imagine! My family and I were in Wanaka when the lockdown happened, primed for what promised to be one of the best powder skiing days of the season. Instead […]
While New Zealand suffers (hopefully temporarily) under another lockdown it’s perhaps worth reflecting from an orienteering point of view on how relative lucky we have been over the last 18 months in largely been able to continue orienteering. While there were hiccups along the way, such as the postponement of the 2020 ONZ Championships, compared […]
Nearly two years ago Orienteering New Zealand provided a national membership database for all clubs. This new system replaced the historical method of reporting membership figures – the excel spreadsheet. Through this process we have been able to better understand our membership demographics. This information provides valuable insights about our club membership. Despite most questions […]
Orienteering Australia hosted a call with New Zealand’s Tim Robertson and Great Brittan’s Ralph Street to discuss their experience of the recent World Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic. Tim goes into depth about the fortress maze that made up much of the sprint race and Ralph shares his insights on the extremely demanding middle […]
On Thursday 22nd July ONZ’s Council met to discuss (among other things), the fate of the Southern Cross Challenge – an annual challenge takes place at the Australian School Orienteering Championships. Prior to the meeting a lot of work had been put into investigating and planning for a number of covid-related challenges; immunisation (not a possibility […]
A Paper on Paper (feedback appreciated) Michael Croxford A recent discussion between a group of mappers, event organisers and competitors in New Zealand regarding paper has produced some technical advice for clubs when considering which paper to use for events big and small. The main piece of advice is horses for courses. If you are […]
The 2021 NZ JWOC team, as with last year, are unable to travel overseas to compete due to COVID19. The focus for the team is instead Queen’s Birthday. The JWOC team will stay together and the manager/coach duo of Sarah Stewart and Matt Ogden along with the PAPO event organising team will aim to provide […]
Orienteering can feel like a very unique sport compared to other common sports played in New Zealand. This guide is here to help you understand how to get started, and how to get better whatever your roll.
I was invited onto the NZ Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) committee over a year ago now. It really was a surprise since I manage to consistently hover on the lower edge of the results table, but I am what you call a keen enthusiast. This year at the MTBO Champs there was a really good […]
All orienteers are invited to come to Tasmania, to compete in the Australian Orienteering Championships 2021. Entries are now open. In Tasmania we have been working hard to ensure that we will offer the very best maps and courses in our delightful and safe environment.All the information you will need to make your arrangements to […]
We are excited to announce that Wellington Orienteering Club will host this year’s Junior Camp. Wellington President Paul Teesdale-Spittle confirmed the news this week. ONZ will now work with Wellington’s Junior Camp Liaison Jane Harding to start to confirm the venue and other key details. Once the key details have been confirmed, ONZ will be […]
Get your entry in by this Sunday 28 March 2021 if you are wanting to have a go on some of this years best MTB maps and think a spare map board might be handy. There are two mapboards to be won if your entry is in for mountain bike orienteering champs by this Sunday.
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Tom Reynolds talks about his own orienteering experiences, and medical orienteering practises, as well as sports governance.
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Brook Heights Urban O and BBQ was on 19/12/2020. The guest […]
Talk with Christo Peters | ONZ General Manager Christo (on the right) is a good sport. Not only has he taken on the GM position with gusto for Orienteering NZ, but he answered some of our not so serious questions as well: When did you start working for ONZ? Sept 2019 What other sports have you worked in/with prior to […]
This year the U23 camp, which was a day shorter than in previous years, started on the Sunday evening of 6 December with a brief introductory talk given by Malcolm Ingham. This gives the rationale for the camp and emphasised the big step required to go from successful junior orienteering in New Zealand/ Australia to […]
Not many countries around the world could have a gathering this big and also safely accommodate them to participate in intensive sport coaching. In NZ, we are lucky enough for 2020 to have ended well with 80 orienteering juniors testing their running and map skills in hot weather on a variety of terrain in the […]
When asked if I would control an MTBO event at Halswell Quarry in Christchurch I envisioned an event traversing the open spaces of the Quarry Park with a few controls on the Crocodile and C2 MTBO tracks. Clearly I hadn’t been mountain-biking there for a couple of years or been in the park on a […]
Southern O Week starts in Marlborough on 9th January 2021 with Nelson and Marlborough Orienteering clubs working together to host the first events. It is time to find out about the Marlborough Orienteering Club (MOC) and ask their president how the club is attracting a bunch of new members recently. Thanks Mondo for taking the time to talk with us. […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Canaan Downs club event was on 29/11/2020. The guest is Zefa […]
November 2020 After the drought, the flood. So it was in November with all 3 regional championships in a space of 4 weeks. There was also some interesting information coming out from IOF regarding the prospects and intentions for WOC/JWOC2021, as well as the positive impact of the WREs held at the ONZ Champs. Also, […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Pokapu (Central) Districts Champs long distance was on 29/11/2020. The guest […]
Controller’s report: A brand new map ! But even at walking pace, this had me scratching my head a few times as we inspected the planned control sites. Yes, the contour data is generally excellent, but there’s a few spots where the clearings need a bit of work. We avoided the worst offenders and relocated […]
Are New Zealand international athletes disadvantaged by taking COVID-19 seriously?Recently the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) circulated the minutes of their November Council Meeting showing a clear preference to press on with the international calendar despite Covid-19. This approach may come at a cost – true international representation. IOF is proposing that world championships in all […]
I am definitely no expert when it comes to orienteering, having only started on the fun-loving side of 40, but I have learnt a few things over the past three to four years that may help some of you in the same situation. It is such a great sport but it can be frustrating at […]
Two reports from the NZ Rogaine Champs in Hanmer Springs 2020. The first report is from Canterbury orienteer Greig Hamilton, who was in the top winning team with Chris Forne, and the following report is from an orienteering junior team, also from Canterbury: The event was held in Hanmer Springs, and this proved to be a great […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Pokapu (Central) Districts Champs middle distance was on 28/11/2020. The guest […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. The Te Rau Puriri Rogaine was on 29/11/2020. The guest is Cam […]
Entries are open for Southern O Week. Southern O will feature 6 courses for all events, so there will be a course to suit everyone. Enthusiasm for events has been building since Oceania has moved further away. See the updated website for daily events, and start booking-up some Summer nav fun.Enter here #SouthernOWeek #SouthernO #orienteeringNZ #SOW
Entries close this Friday for the Central Pokapū Regional Champs – 28 & 29 November 2020. And although this is called the ‘champs’, you do not need to be a champion! This is a great way to practice navigation techniques for your next adventure. You can enjoy the map reading in complex terrain and find […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. AOS 5 (delayed) was on 15/11/2020. The guest is Alice Tilley of […]
Great news MTBOers! 2021 NZ MTBO Champs are happening! Dates have been set for the 2021 NZ MTBO Champs in Central Otago – 17th to 21st April 2021. Get the dates in your diary, and stay tuned to the mtbochamps.nz website for more details coming soon:https://www.mtbochamps.nz/2021-nz-mtbo-champs.html #MTBO #MTBorienteering #MTBorienteeringNZ #MTBOchamps
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. Race 1 of the Rogaine Series was on 01/11/2020. The guest is […]
Alistair Cory-Wright has been a national selector for about 9 years, taking on the role after the long time Convenor of Selectors Marquita Gelderman stepped down in 2011 from the 3 person panel. Geoff Greenwood became the Convenor of Selectors, and Bill Edwards filled the other position. Al distinctly remembers when he was on the […]
As a nation-wide event to celebrate high competition in a friendly environment Nationals 2020 ticked all the boxes. It was a very rocky journey to the start line for this event due to the global pandemic. After every successful event there are key learnings. The organisers will do a thorough debrief over the coming weeks […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This race on the Osgiliath map was on 25/10/2020. The guest is […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This race on the Parewanui map was on 24/10/2020. The guest is […]
Summary: We present a “lockdown project” – Cam de L’Isle’s “O-Map of New Zealand”. We discuss the powers and the limitations of Lidar data. We advise ongoing change to the sprint specification. And a Facebook group for NZ mappers. The first section is non-technical. If you’re not a mapper just read as far as you […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This schools race on the Waiuku South / Port View map was […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This schools race on the Tuakau College map was on 17/10/2020. The […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This local race on the Riverhead Forest HQ map was on 11/10/2020. […]
In this episode of the Perfect Flow podcast Gene Beveridge talks with Orienteer Jean Cory-Wright. Jean grew up and competed at the elite level in the UK before moving to New Zealand where she has been
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. This local race on the Scotts Ferry map was on 04/10/2020. The […]
School orienteering and navigation training in Taranaki Orienteering Taranaki is booming this year with membership up from approx. 100 to 188 students. An important part of the club’s development has been concentrating on good quality and accessible secondary school participation in the various NavSport disciplines. Mainstay events are the Taranaki Secondary School Sports Association – […]
Update from Hawkes Bay Orienteering on their challenges for young orienteers. Hawkes Bay Orienteering Club (HBOC) start their school training in January with a Junior Orienteering Camp which leads into the Summer weekly Sprint Series. The Sprint series are held in conjunction with an O for Kids Summer Series Competition for Primary and Year 7/8s […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. Night Nav Halswell Quary was on 16/09/2020. The guest is Alan Moore […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. Canterbury Schools Long Champs was on 13/09/2020. The episode is most suitable […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. Canterbury Schools Sprint Champs was on 12/09/2020. The episode is most suitable […]
Leg by Leg is where a guest takes us through a recent orienteering course in detail. We’ll discover what they found most challenging and how they handled, or didn’t handle, these challenges. We aim to cover all levels of experience in the series. Hogs Back Ultralong was on 05/09/2020. The episode is most suitable for […]
The IOF is looking for volunteers who want to help and support the global development of Orienteering by working in one or more working groups of the Global Development Commission (GDC) or chair the IT Commission. In its Strategic Directions the IOF has a goal of increasing the diversity in the volunteer organisation, which primarily […]
500 participants from 20 countries across the globe took part in the multi stage competition designed to provide a bit of orienteering fun whilst the world battles the virus.
Club development: Social Media and Online engagement. All recreation organisations have had to adapt the way they deliver services since entering the Level 4 Lockdown, and that has led to innovative online solutions across the recreation industry.
Colleen of Setanta Orienteers, Ireland is kindly providing daily exercises for you to do at home. Please ensure you only exercise according to your ability and in a safe place! Follow Orienteering Ireland on Instagram for more at: https://www.instagram.com/orienteeringireland/ Day One: View this post on Instagram Colleen of Setanta Orienteers is kindly […]
Orienteering Waikato have been using MapRunners technology at events since 2017 and now use it for all our Urban events with great success. The level of interest from other clubs has been rising and we have been happy to share any information we have.
Day 3 Video of the the New Zealand JWOC team’s preparation and racing at JWOC 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark.
Day 2 of JWOC training week was also Kurtis’ birthday! So we celebrated with forest AND sprint training, just for him. Tune in for some insight on the NZ boys shorts of choice discussion and plenty more goodness…
The New Zealand JWOC team’s preparation and racing at JWOC 2019 in Silkeborg, Denmark.
The European Youth Orienteering Championships (EYOC) are taking place in Grodno, Belarus on Thursday 27th June through to Sunday 30th June 2019. NZ orienteers are travelling independently to the European Youth Orienteering Champs in Belarus.
Meet the NZ team heading to the Junior World Orienteering Champs 2019 being held in Silkeborg, Denmark 6-12 July 2019. Follow the team: NZ JWOC Team (Instagram) Elite NZ Orienteering (Facebook) ONZ Website JWOC Posts NZ JWOC Team Supporters (Facebook) Event Website: 2019 Junior World Orienteering Championships – Denmark 6-12 July 2019 Youngest to eldest, ladies before […]
The popular Rotorua based Great Forest Rogaine is back on 27 July 2019. The event offers 3 and 6 hour foot and mountain bike (MTB) options. This year for the first time there is an e-bike category. The event appeals to all levels of rogainers, and the pizza afterwards is always very popular. Get together […]
New Zealand’s top orienteering event comes to North Otago for the first time over Easter, bringing with it more than 500 competitors.
We are very much looking forward to hosting you at what is shaping up to be a fantastic long weekend of orienteering, as well as showing you more of what the South Island has to offer in the Follow-on Events with our friends in the Dunedin, Remarkables and Upper Clutha orienteering clubs. The final Programme […]
Video – Orienteering engages youths’ minds and bodies. Made with funding from NZ On Air. At this week’s Hawke’s Bay Schools Sprint Championship there were 267 entries.
Orienteering Waikato is holding 2 orienteering events on 13th and 14th April 2019. On Saturday they are holding the Central Districts Sprint Champs and on Sunday the Auckland Clubs have generously allowed us to host one of their series events.
Students from Geraldine High School are set to participate in the Geraldine Rogaine Autumn Muster.An event which will see people plotting a route during a race throughout a South Canterbury town will help raise funds for its high school.The Geraldine High School’s PTA has organised another Rogaine Autumn Muster which will take place this Sunday.
If you haven’t yet entered, best do it soon at Enter-O as fees go up on Thursday night at midnight. If you haven’t yet booked to come to the Sunday evening social dinner, best you book that by “Ordering Merchandise” at Enter-O soon too as places are limited to 120. If you want to collect one […]
This second look at preparations for the NZ Orienteering Nationals this Easter focuses on the NZ Long Champs for day 2. Planner Matt Bixley and controller Michael Croxford talk about the interesting terrain on the new Kuriheka map.
Q+A with The Sprint Mapper, Planner, and Controller.
Hear what Bruce Steven, the controller, has to say about the 2019 Nationals Sprint event.
We go behind the scenes and ask the mapper what she thinks about the upcoming Sprint event.
Counties Manukau Orienteering Club was awarded the Lion Foundation Club of the Year 2018 at the 2018 Counties Manukau Sporting Excellence Awards Ceremony held last Sunday (2nd December 2018).
Orienteering Australia has published the December 2018 issue of its quarterly magazine – The Australian Orienteer.
The official film of the World University Orienteering Championship 2018
The Australian Orienteer Magazine – September 2018 issue is published online.
Bulletins 1 and 2, Terrain and Old Maps available for JWOC 2019 being held in Denmark 6-12 July 2019.
It’s always fun to have an event to look forward to. An A5 leaflet with events dates and map is currently in the air on it’s way to Australia to be handed out to orienteers at the Australian Nationals. Please distribute and share the news for us as we have some outstanding orienteering underway.
The award winning TUF (Thriving Under Fire) programme has recently been launched on SportTutor. This programme is relevant and available to everyone who deals with ‘passionate people’ in any sporting context. Over the course of four self-paced modules, you’ll learn how to understand and respond to an upset person, manage your own emotions when faced with […]
Slovenia delivered on all fronts with some tough orienteering and wonderful settings. 5 races in 5 days, 3 middle distances in some of the world famous karst terrain, 1 long distance in the mountains and a sprint in the small town of Cerkno.
Vindaloo MTBO Weekend 2018 Orienteering Bay of Plenty (OBOP) is running the Vegas Vindaloo Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) Weekend on 29-30 September 2018. MTBO Sprint, MTBO Long and MTBO Rogaine on the fantastic trails around Rotorua. Central Districts Foot Orienteering Championships 2018 OBOP is also resurrecting the Central Districts Foot Orienteering Champs on 3-4 November […]
I’ve had some time to reflect on another WOC and form some ideas about what I’m trying to achieve.
A local orienteering club has reported they have recently (Thursday 16 Aug 2018) received a targeted email scam attempt. The attempt was not successful and the club has reported it to Netsafe and ONZ.
Stable runs from the New Zealand men’s relay team got us a 17th, 1 place down from the our good result in Scotland 3 years ago. We were very happy with the 16th at that World Champs because it was much better than previous years. This year felt somewhat different though, maybe because the expectations were higher. However, 17th is good, looking at the incredible strength of the competition, and reflects 3 stable runs, far different to last year’s disaster. Our Women’s team placed similarly, 19th.
After the National Championships earlier this year and with the Master’s completed I made the decision to have another crack at WOC. The objectives of this WOC project focused on seeing how an NZ based campaign compared to others I have done; in terms of the experience, the feelings, and the performances.
The 2018 Whangamata Adventure Race took place from a base in Opoutere, not far north of Whangamata. The 12 hour race included 5 stages in a loops format from the start finish.
Jean Cory-Wright is coordinating all NZ teams for the Australian Relay Championships event on Sunday 30th Sept 2018. NZ participants are asked to contact Jean with additional details.
LIDAR Orienteering Mapping Workshop during 2018 Australian Championships carnival in South Australia
Find out the latest in mapping, including case studies in the use of LIDAR, the new mapping specifications and converting old maps to the new mapping specifications. Friday 5 October 2018, No cost, Para Wirra National Park.
So far my experience this year at the World Orienteering Champs has been limited to spectating, but I finally hit the start line tomorrow in my 4th WOC relay.
In this, the second episode of the Perfect Flow podcast, Gene Beveridge talks to Lizzie Ingham, New Zealand’s best ever female orienteer about her early successes and the unforeseen condition which tried its best to derail her career. Not only is Lizzie healthy now but she made a return to representing New Zealand yesterday at World Orienteering Champs here in Latvia.
There have been countless times over the last years, months and weeks that I’ve wanted to write publicly about the health issues I’ve been experiencing. But I’ve held off, firstly as I haven’t felt ready, and secondly because it’s such a long story, I just haven’t quite known where to start.
Tattered markers on an orienteering course have received a much needed makeover thanks to a team of clued-up kids. Year 6 students at Grovetown School near Blenheim have given a new lease of life to the orienteering course at Mistletoe Bay Eco Village in the Marlborough Sounds.
Kiwi orienteering star Tim Robertson claimed New Zealand’s first ever medal at a World Orienteering Championships on Sunday in Latvia. In a historic performance in which the 22-year-old led at every split time, Robertson was ahead by 0.7 seconds at the final pre-warning before being edged out of the gold medal by Switzerland’s Daniel Hubmann by a slim 1.1 seconds to take silver.
Gene Beveridge chats to NZ sprint star Tim Robertson about how he went from running his first World Champs in 2012 (at the age just 16!) to now being one of the favorites for a medal six years later.
Last individual day at JWOC! Some great results in an insanely technical and physical middle distance!
NZ team pleased to have four athletes in the A final tomorrow; congrats to Katie, Max, Joe & Cameron. They will all be wearing GPS. First starts B & C final 10:01, women A final 11:31 & men A final 12:02. Team in good spirits & looking forward to the technical courses tomorrow in Bócsa.
A pretty successful day at the Middle Qual! In some tricky terrain the team managed to pull out some great performances! Super pumped for the Finals tomorrow!
Instead of a vlog of the NZ JWOC 2018 Team resting, check out what the team got up to today, making Friends!
The Junior World Orienteering Championships 2018 (#JWOC2018) starts with Long on Monday July 9th, continues with Sprint on Tuesday, Middle Qual on Thursday, Middle Final on Friday and Relay on Sunday.
JWOC Sprint brought a surprise win for Germany’s Colin Kolbe in the men’s class and a favourite win by Simona Aebersold (Switzerland) in the women’s class. World of O Analysis.
All the action from the Sprint Distance here at JWOC 2018!
All the action and interviews from the Long Distance event at JWOC2018, Hungary!
World of O provides a review of the Long Distance JWOC race, maps, and results.
Vlog Day 7! Check out the super exciting sprint model, technical model, and Opening Ceremony!
Day 6 at JWOC meant travelling to official competition accomodation, and a look at the model map for the terrain races!
Middle Simulation Day and last real training before competition starts! Plus a cheeky house tour!
Day 4 here at JWOC Training Week was a nice easy rest day, involving some intervals and a short jog. Check it out!
Today was a long distance simulation on a map called Pirto, where most of the team took it relatively easy and focused on getting into the right racing mindset, ready for the long on Monday. Check out the terrain and some of the team’s thoughts!
Bit of insight around the terrain and training here at JWOC 2018! Hopefully we can make these daily vlogs so everyone at home can play along too!
Short video from a leg of todays training in Hungary, JWOC middle distance terrain. Check out what the team is up against! Different but somewhat similar to what we have home in NZ. GPS is a wee bit off, but just to get the idea.
The second formal Bulletin contains further useful information about the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships 2018, and can be downloaded from https://nzssoc2018.papo.org.nz/. Please note: Entries close on the 6th of July. The organisers look forward to seeing all entrants and their supporters in Christchurch on the 19th, 20th and 21st of July.
A Hawke’s Bay Orienteering club member, Amron has been drawing and constructing maps voluntarily for the past 10 years and for him, volunteers were essential for sport in the region.
Three year 9 girls are turing heads in the orienteering world, after they came away from the North Island Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships with an award.
Despite limited orienteering experience, Waiuku College’s Millie Thompson, Charlize Aicken and Beanie Rattrie came away with the small school section from the event, where the three girls’ aggregate score topped the leaderboard for the category.
On Queen’s Birthday weekend, 2 to 4 June, as the rain hammered much of the North Island and many of us crawled a little deeper under the duvet, Kurtis was traipsing through mud and bush in the depths of West Auckland, as he continued challenging his body in the sport of orienteering.
Meet the NZ team heading to the Junior World Orienteering Champs 2018 being held in Kecskemet, Hungary from 8-15 July 2018.
Adventure racer Sam Bain continues to learn how to push the barriers in his life and play.
The Year 9 Cambridge High School student completed the gruelling Hillary Challenge at Tongariro National Park as a part of an eight-member school team in May.
The Great Forest Rogaine and NZ Secondary School Rogaine Champs are taking place in Rotorua on Saturday 28th July 2018. 3 and 6 hour Foot and MTB options. For all the info and to enter check out www.obop.org.nz.
If Will Tidswell’s dedication is an indicator it’s no surprise he will become the youngest Kiwi to compete at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Hungary in July.
Under the golden splendour of the magnificent trees at Nelson Central School, Abby Isherwood on Sunday crossed the finish line of the Central Challenge adventure race.
The 9-year-old St Paul’s Catholic School pupil had just completed the event with her family: Courtenay Isherwood,Yvette Krohn-Isherwood, Eva Isherwood, 8, and their dog, Dante.
“It was quite hard,” Abby said of the challenge to locate checkpoints on the route in the team orienteering event known as a rogaine.
Nelson Central School’s orienteering fundraiser is back. Designed for all ages and abilities, the Central Challenge is a unique fundraiser involving teamwork, exercise and cunning, but above all it’s about fun.
Event organiser Janja Heathfield was excited to see it run again for its second year.
Anyone can register on the Orienteering NZ website and upload updates, links, and images into groups on the ONZ website. From there they can be shared out to multiple Facebook/Twitter groups and pages.
Stuff Article – Pukekohe Intermediate School’s best orienteering students are off to the North Island Secondary School Orienteering Championships in Levin this week.
The 26 students will be defending their 2017 titles for best overall boys and best over all school.
Their success was recently honoured with the Junior Team of the Year prize at the Counties Manukau Sport Franklin Junior Sports Awards and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.
Moving fast and finding your way around an unfamiliar area are two very different skills. But they are pair that go together well for Tom Spencer and Alistair Richardson.
The Dunedin duo will be among the top contenders at this weekend’s South Island orienteering championships, to be held in the Dunedin Botanic Garden and on Signal Hill.
More than 200 people from around New Zealand and Australia are expected at the event, with one competitor coming from as far away as Israel.
The IOF World Orienteering Day have produced a new leaflet “Let’s GO Orienteering” – download from the ONZ website publications or schools resources pages.
Hundreds of people were forced to leave a large Auckland forest after illegal poachers fired gunshots.
The incident has sparked a warning from local iwi for poachers to stay away from Woodhill Forest in north-west of Auckland.
Woodhill forest – which was popular for mountain biking, tree climbing, horse riding and paintball – was evacuated when gunshots were heard during Easter weekend.
Navigating unknown fields and running distances of up to 12 kilometres has earned a Pukekohe boy an accolade at this year’s Counties Manukau Sport Franklin Junior Sports Awards and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony. Callum Farmer has been orienteering since he was year 7 and now at year 10, Callum is claiming awards and travelling parts of the world for the sport he loves
He claimed the Pak’n Save Pukekohe U16 Sportsman of the Year at the recent awards, which were held in Pukekohe, and said he was proud of his achievement.
Stuff newspaper article: Schoolchildren were well-represented at a Geraldine orienteering event at the weekend, with one third of the 357 competitors aged 11 to 18.
Event controller Mike Harding said his hope for the Geraldine Rogaine Autumn Muster, held near Woodbury on Sunday, was to get young people interested in orienteering, so he was pleased with the turnout.
“Quite a few families too,” he said.
An event which will see people mapping out a route during a race around Geraldine will help raise money for a refurbishment of the Geraldine High School gymnasium.
The school’s PTA has organised the Geraldine Rogaine Autumn Muster (Gram) this Sunday, and proceeds from the event will go towards a climbing wall for the gym.
Deadline for ordering NZOC2018 commemorative running shirts is Sunday February 25th 2018 so they can be produced in time for Easter.
Orienteering NZ is looking for a pre-JWOC Coach to work with those orienteers wishing to trial for JWOC and those selected to better prepare for the event.
In addition, ONZ is asking for applications for the JWOC Coach that will travel with the team to Hungary in July 2018 continuing with training onsite and during JWOC.
In this edition – introduction of ISOM 2017 and the issues this creates for map management. Includes articles on the introduction of ISOM 2017 and conversions, overprint settings for colours in OCAD, good practice for symbol numbering and the introduction of a possible ISOM 2017 conversion tool.
Wellington College student Joseph Lynch has navigated his way to victory. The 17-year-old won both the senior boys’ sprint and long titles at the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships in Masterton last month.
Rogaining, or score events, add some different challenges from traditional orienteering. Not only do you have to find the controls, but you have to decided which order to collect them. Planning a good route can be helpful in terms of controlling the difficulty of navigation, making the most of your strengths and maximising points for a given distance. There are a few key things to think about when sitting down to plan a rogaine. Here’s my take on a good process to approach planning a rogaine route.
The JWOC long distance event is available live online tonight NZ 6pm 14 July 2017 onwards.
In the men’s class New Zealand’s Tommy Hayes showed yet again that New Zealand is a top Sprint nations -taking the Silver medal only 8 seconds behind Ojanaho.
The Kiwis have done very well internationally for some years. In the Sprint, New Zealand got yet another medal at JWOC. Tommy Hayes flew into the leader time and was in front in the men’s class, which had 173 participants, for almost 42 minutes. As one of the last starters, Olli Ojanaho managed to get […]
The NZ JWOC team move on to the sprint on Wednesday night. GPS coverage and live results will be available on the competition website.
World of O article – JWOC2017 Middle: Maps and Results
As part of their JWOC campaign, Jenna Tidswell, Danielle Goodall and Katie Cory-Wright have been competing in the European Youth Orienteering Champs in Slovakia this weekend.
Advice for NZ mappers regarding the changeover to the new IOF ISOM2017 mapping specification for standard orienteering events.
After many years of waiting, I have finally experienced the Jukola mass start. This outrageously big race has never been at the right time of the year for me to compete in, but with WOC earlier than usual this year the opportunity arose.
Here I am on the eve of my first Jukola surrounded by orienteering in another European summer.
Introducing the 2017 New Zealand JWOC Team.
Brawn before beauty
Post session cheat meal: Tiramisu
Roll up song: All Star
Interval session: 10 x 100m Hill Reps in Au
A biting southerly wind tested the participants in the 2017 South Island schools orienteering championships in Nelson at the weekend.
Simon Rouse shares his video highlight real from his time at the New Zealand Orienteering Carnival 2017 – featuring Oceania 2017, Middle Earth, and the World Masters Games 2017 Orienteering Championships.
How to follow World Cup Round 1; Leho: World Orienteering Day and World Cup; WOC 2017: Time to suit up again; MTBO World Cup 2017: Who will be this year’s winners? Clare Durand: “I’m the only serious Trail Orienteer within a three hour drive”
Orienteering in focus in seven big European cities; Walking through footmarks of the past with Gytis Juska; Successful event in Malaysia
Havelock North High School students Georgia Hulls and Jenna Tidswell are no strangers to representing their country in their respective sports, and both are soon to do it again.
A screening of the documentary “50 Years of TWALK” will be held at Bivouac Outdoor, Tower Junction, Christchurch on the 17th of May at 7:30 pm.
Only 3 weeks to go now. Online entry now available. The North Island Secondary Schools Orienteering Champs 19-21 May 2017
World Masters Orienteering Championships 2017 and World Masters Games 2017 finished with long distance final in Woodhill Forest “Hedley Dunes” north of Auckland. 23 gold medallists from Australia, Bulgaria, Finland, Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.
The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) conducted an Event Advisers Clinic in Auckland, New Zealand on April 28th. The Clinic was held on the rest day of the World Masters Orienteering Championships 2017.
The Sprint Final in the World Masters Orienteering Championships 2017 was held today in Auckland, New Zealand as part of the World Masters Games. Twelve of the twenty-three gold medals went to Australia.
The World Masters Orienteering Championships (WMOC), the biggest sport within the 2017 World Masters Games, starts today in Auckland, New Zealand with more than 1750 competitors from 40 countries taking part.
Gene Beveridge reflects on winning his A-goal race, Oceania Orienteering Champs Long Distance.
The Oceania Orienteering Championships 2017 took place 14-17 April in Auckland, New Zealand. Despite the severe weather conditions in the area, the competitions could go ahead as planned, and the Oceanian orienteers battled it out for titles in Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay.
Share your story and photos! Some of the many reasons to share: For those who could not attend – Its a chance to share your story and let them know what your experiences were. For those who attended – share your perspective. Everyone’s race if different and its great to read about others experiences. For […]
Taranaki rogaine competition attracts more than 700 high school students (Stuff – Taranaki Daily News)
Not all of the competitors at the rogaine champs were there to win some just wanted to make friends.
LLama Rogaining Chile 2017 invite participants to their Rogaining event on April 1, 2017 in Chile. 3 hour, 6 hour and 12 hour options. MTB or on Foot. See website for more details.
I spent the past week in the wonderful escape of Castle Hill as a coach on the ONZ U23 Squad Camp. This was a great opportunity to interact with the up-and-coming elites of NZ orienteering and bust out some quality hours for myself.
Elite orienteers use it. Ordinary orienteers use it. GPS-tracking. Analysing your race with help from GPS has become common practice. Tools like QuickRoute and Livelox make it very easy to spend time on orienteering long after you return from the forest.
includes: IOF Mapping Commission Vacancy; ONZ Mapping Wiki; LINZ seeks feedback on changes to maps; PAPO is seeking a sand dune mapper.
Dr Camilla Knight talks about the support of parents of talented young athletes. The focus for young people at competitions is to enjoy it and perform to the best of their ability. Parents are important before and after training and competitions to offer support and help their child, reviewing with them what it going well and things they may want to work on.
British Orienteering shared a series of 4 short video clips of Hector Haines (GBR) talking about how his parents helped him get into orienteering and some advice for parents of young orienteers.
The New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Orienteering Team made a successful start to the Southern Cross Junior Challenge in Queensland today, winning all four grades. Yesterday’s event was the first of three events, in which the NZ team compete against teams from the Australian states. It was a sprint orienteering event held on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
As you may or may not have realised, Orienteering NZ’s selection policy is currently under review and a draft has been put out for comment (See https://www.orienteering.org.nz/resources/policies/). In the interests of starting some discussion on the matter (albiet slightly late in the piece given submissions close on the 1st Sept), and to highlight some of the […]
Gene updates us on the NZ team in preparation for World Orienteering Championships in Sweden while taking a map walk through the Swedish Forest.
Update from the New Zealand WOC team on their training in Sweden. Looking forward to following the live coverage and GPS tracking starting this Saturday!
Half of the NZ WOC team is already in Europe with the other half arriving soon. Follow their training and racing throughout this month by subscribing to Gene’s YouTube Channel and Website for news and updates.
The JWOC 2016 Middle Qualification Race is on Wednesday night from 8pm NZ time. Here are the start times for the NZ team members, and links to more information.
includes 17th International Conference on Orienteering Mapping; ONZ Mappers List; OCAD Tips and Traps; Topo Map Extents; Drawing Conventions; Mapping Requests;
Today the team raced the Swiss National Relay champs, held just north of Zurich on a map called Hasenberg. The terrain was part typical continental Europe forest, with a plethora of tracks in a grid like pattern, with dark green areas accompanied by flat, featureless contours. The other part of the map was steep, detailed […]
Arriving in Zurich on the 23rd starts my journey towards JWOC 2016, with just under 2weeks until it starts, rest and recovery from jet lag is vital. For the first week I am in Richterswil which is a 4
Tane Cambridge has posted a race review of his experiences at Queen’s Birthday Orienteering Race on his personal website blog.
The Australia-New Zealand Elite Test Match over the long Queen’s Birthday weekend has given me a chance to gauge my fitness at this clear midpoint in this training block…
Gene Beveridge has posted a blog reviewing his experiences at the 2016 Queens Birthday Orienteering races.
Past TWALK competitors – its the 50th Anniversary in 2017 – A call for your stories, videos, photos and suggestions…
Tane Cambridge has posted a blog about TWALK #50 (2016) on his personal website blog.
The mapping committee has decided to form a mapping bulletin, which will encompass all orienteering mapping related news in New Zealand.
Another week in Switzerland, another hard week of training. I’m still enjoying Zermatt immensely and have plenty of new places to run in. This past week has been a lot shorter time and distance wise,
Introducing the 2016 NZ JWOC team, youngest to oldest, ladies before gentlemen.
While the majority of the team have been juggling uni/school with training alongside daily life, I’m fortunate enough to be able to focus solely on my training.
I recently spent a month in Australia
Last weekend 4 of the team members, Tommy, Ed, Alice and myself, travel to Queenstown to race in the New Zealand Mountain Running Champs. The race was based in central Queenstown, starting from the base of the Gondola, and traversing up a vehicle access track, before moving onto some tight single track in the forest, […]
Tane Cambridge has posted a recap about the Southern Orienteering Week 2016 on his personal website blog.
This guide is intended for clubs and event organisers who would like to upload their event onto New Zealand’s Routegadget.
There’s only 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and less than 8 weeks till JWOC 2016 now. Unfortunately, when you factor in university, travel to university, sleeping and eating that only leaves a little time to train even when you multitask eating, sleeping and university (oops). But somehow the long sessions […]
JWOC 2016 will be held in Switzerland in the Engadin valley from July 9th – 15th. The event centre is in Scoul which has been a well known wellness resort for over 130 years. The scenery is said to be spectacular. On arrival, trainings planned by coach Rob Jessop will help us acclimatise to the European terrain […]
In reply to the Board on the rationale for the exclusion of JWOC members from the New Zealand Secondary Schools Team Edit 2/05/2016 Subsequent to publication it has come to my attention that the proposal to exclude JWOC runners from the Schools Team was actually included as a recommendation as part of the High […]
Join the new OrienteeringNZ slack team – for live NZ Team supporters chat, sharing, and open team work.
Tane Cambridge has posted on his blog about his experiences at the New Zealand Orienteering Championships 2016.
Gene Beveridge has posted on his blog about his experiences at the New Zealand Orienteering Championships 2016.
Tom Reynolds has posted on his blog about his experiences at the New Zealand Orienteering Championships 2016.
A compilation annual of the MTBO pages that have appeared in The Australian Orienteer magazine in 2015 is available online.
Congratulations to the winners of GODZone 2016 – Team Yealands. Several orienteers competed in various teams in the adventure race that included map navigation legs and an elite level foot orienteering course set by Nelson Orienteering Club.
Some cool coverage of the Spirited Women’s Adventure Race held in Rotorua last weekend. The race involved several orienteers and included a Rogaine stage around the Redwoods.
Video – Orienteering – more than just running
We had a good number of teams this year, 14 five-person and 7 seven-person teams. Five-Person Po Kerukeru Trophy Auckland1 won the five-person Po Kerukeru trophy closely followed by Taranaki Turkeys and Hawkes Bay 5.1. Seven-Person Katoa Po Trophy North West 7.1 won the seven-person Katoa Po trophy followed by Hawkes bay 7.1 and […]
Belmont was AWESOME! I came second in white – have to confess I’m proud of myself 🙂 :)!
Can’t wait for next one in Waikanae – wish it would come quicker!!!!!
Preliminary details have been put on the event page for the Katoa Po relay as well as the warmup event on Saturday afternoon and the mini rogaine on Sunday morning. All the events are on a new map – Hoanga and Milky way half way between Taupo and Rotorua. The web page with entry […]
Nick Hann is one of New Zealand’s top orienteers winning the men’s elite grade in both middle and long distance at this year’s national champs. Nick will definitely be one to beat at Southern O Week, and here we catch up to him to find out how his orienteering is going. 1) In 2014 you finished […]
For the first time ever, Drug Free Sport NZ has used a reformed doper to deliver a series of captivating video messages to warn New Zealand athletes about the perils of drug use. The three enthralling and thought-provoking videos include a direct message to athletes, a message to the parents of athletes, and top tips for staying clean.
We invite everyone to take part in a week of spectacular orienteering in the South Island at Southern Orienteering Week 2016. Six events spread across a diverse range of terrains including spectacular
New Zealand’s top ranked orienteer and previous Junior World Champ Matt Ogden will mark his return home by competing in the WOA Rocks Championships this October. He will join many others from around the country for the two day, three race competition in Hawkes Bay. With a middle distance in complex rocky terrain, a sprint […]
Yesterday was the middle distance final for the men and women. The day begun with the B and C finals, for those who finished outside of the top 20 in yesterdays qualification. We had the majority of the team in these finals, whilst Devon, Shamus and Tim managed successful qualifications into the A final. I […]
Tim Robertson has written his name well and truly into the history books of orienteering, with a stellar run into GOLD in the sprint distance held today in Åmot. On a course that proved to be physically challenging, with difficult route choice legs, Tim ran away from the field, leading from start to finish, to […]
The sprint simulation was held at Krossen village. Norwegian sprintmaps are very different to New Zealand because there aren’t any close together buildings or tight alleyways. Most buildings are single houses with no fence so is often hard to tell what is out of bounds. We started off on a suburban road but could cut in between houses through the […]
A “Welcome to JWOC 2015” video
As the second day’s training in Rauland came to a close Tim Robertson decided he needed a haircut. But where, in a ski town, in summer you might ask.
On a stunning day in Rauland we headed out to one of the nicest maps of the area for our Long Distance Simulation Race.
Before meeting up with the team in Oslo, Dani, Kayla, Tommy, Devon and I had a couple of days in Sweden in the small town of Lund. We were able to find a sprint map close to where we were staying, which consisted of buildings and small patches of forest which helped us recover from […]
Some of our top athletes, Lizzie Ingham, Tim Robertson and Matt Ogden are asked a few questions about how they have progressed from starting out at orienteering to competing on the world stage.
photo: Tommy, Alice and I fundraising at a rogaine It is less than a month out till JWOC, and it seems crazy how quickly time has flown from trials (which I ended up just watching), to nationals, to now! I cannot believe how soon it actually is, and whilst I am very nervous, the experience I gained […]
Last weekend was the JAFA 3-day Queens Birthday event held by the North-West orienteering club, the last decent tune-up event before most of us leave for Norway in about 3 weeks’ time. Excitingly the Australians had also sent across a team to compete in the event so it was nice to catch up with lots […]
Introducing the 2015 New Zealand JWOC Team. Profiles, pictures, and background information…
The JWOC crew down in Christchurch have been busy. Competing in both the Geraldine Rogaine Autumn Muster (GRAM) 6 hour last weekend and the Mt Isobel Challenge on the 23rd.
A look at what some other countries are doing in the area of Athlete Development
My training build up for JWOC has been a bit harder mentally this year so far than in previous years. Over a month ago was nationals; I had been training well and was feeling confident in how my fitness and navigation had been progressing. After results from nationals which I could be content with I […]
Another adventure in foreign terrain has once again begun, since JWOC trials in March time has flew by in a blink of an eye and with only 7 weeks till my departure every training session will count and benefit me.
Maybe the course director had a point when he said Engineering was full time degree. I even laughed complacently at the 40hours of study he recommended a week whilst thinking of the pedestrian effort I put in last year. 7 weeks later and I think he may have had a point…Just look how long it’s […]
Photo Credit: Foto: Carsten Nøhr Nielsen / Frame The Action After returning home from a four month trip to Europe last year with no plans of what I wanted to do this year, (let alone my future!) I knew I had some serious planning to do. I didn’t want to jump straight into university like […]
Masterton hosted the JWOC Trails and the second round of the New Zealand Orienteering Super Series last weekend. This consisted of a middle and sprint on the Saturday and long on the Sunday…
Matt Ogden (NZL) has posted on his personal blog: “It has been a little over a week now since I came back from OK Linné’s annual training camp, which was held in Croatia and Slovenia…”
Matt Ogden (NZL) has blogged ” Another European Adventure Begins” on his personal blog including orienteering, reflections on his past few months in NZ and current travelling.
Gene Beveridge has posted on his personal blog: Trigger Words and Mental Mistakes. “Marion set a good course for AOTC this Saturday on Telephone Track which was a great opportunity to redeem myself after my messy runs at Tour De Peninsula. My session aim was to use my trigger words consistently to drive technical process and forget about the bigger picture of my training and performance. I call this process focus…”
Gene Beveridge (NZL) posted about orienteering on his personal blog: Tour De Peninsula marks the build up to the 2015 orienteering season in NZ with its series of 8 races over 3 days with the cycle tour inspired concepts used by Sprint the Bay in previous years. This year I was open to compete for as many of the leaders’ singlets as I could.
Lizzie Ingham has posted a blog update – recalling her Tasmanian and World Cup experiences, one month on. The blog post is titled “Behind the times: Tassie World Cup”
Orienteering New Zealand’s Development Squad Camp 2014 – A fun video from the awesome week of training in December!! Enjoy!!
Gene Beveridge has posted a personal blog: Solid Run at World Cup Long Distance in Tassie. After a disappointing performance in the middle distance at the World Cup in Tasmania it was hard to maintain confidence leading into the long distance…
Matt Odgen (NZL) has posted on his personal blog: Tasmania – Ten out of Ten.
“…The first couple of days in Tasmania we had no races which gave us the opportunity to train and see some of Tasmania…”
Gene Beveridge (NZL) has posted on his personal blog: “On the 4th of January I ran in the Oceania Relay Champs in an amazing setting bellow Mt Barrow on the Benbullen map. This was another opportunity for me to get some high speed navigation. I was only racing for the second New Zealand team but pulled out a good performance to be the first New Zealander home on the first leg behind New Zealand and Australia.
Gene Beveridge (NZL) has posted on his personal blog. “On the 2nd of January we ran the World Cup sprint race qualification at Cataract Gorge, and on the 3rd the sprint final at the University of Tasmania both here in Launceston…
Gene Beveridge (NZL) has posted on his personal blog: “I have been in Tasmania for 5 days now and have done 2 quality training sessions with the other New Zealanders here in preparation for World Cup Round 1 starting today. The 2 forest maps we have been on were mostly relevant for the long and middle distance…”
Lizzie Ingham (NZL) has posted on her personal blog: “World Cup 2015 is almost here! In two days time I’ll find myself lining up for the second time in two years in what I could consider a homeground world cup…”
“This week is a big one for NZ Orienteering, with the World Cup in Tasmania only weeks away, we have a new High Performance Leader – Malcolm Ingham. Correspondingly, I think it’s a great time to spark up some talk around how we can best improve…
On the local map-related sports community chat site MapTalk, I suggested Paul-I post a blog post about his mapping activities for Nationals 2015 instead of in chat. His reply got me thinking. The reply was this: “Hey Rog, not 100% sure I should do that mate… my info isn’t really official release, also I’m thinking […]
In three words we could describe todays map as; steep, green and lots of fight. Todays training plan consisted of long distance training and a flying shamile. In the morning we had the long distance training which was a 5.6km course with 375m of climb. The course had controls […]
Junior Camp 2014 DAY 1 Today we went to the Hapua Wetlands map, a rugged farmland scattered with pockets of native bush. The forest areas were somewhat overgrown compared to what was indicated on the map, making progress through the forest fairly slow. In the morning we split into our […]
Bulletin 2 of the Orienteering NZ D-Squad 2014 Camp has been published. While this camp attendance is by selection – the bulletin is provided here for general interest. You can download the D-Squad Camp bulletin two here: D-SquadCampBulletin2 (PDF 8MB) or from the D-Squad Camps Facebook group page. The Development Squad (D-Squad) is made up of orienteers […]
Fantastic weekend of Mountain bike Orienteering in beautiful Hanmer planned for Saturday November 22nd and 23rd. More info (lots of it!!) here. Entries close midnight Sunday 16th November. Make a week of it and come down for the South Island Foot O Champs Saturday November 15th and Sunday 16th too? More info here. entries close midnight […]
During the weekend of the 27th/28th of September the Council got together in Wellington for a workshop and a key item for discussion was the Selection Policy and some of the challenges with individual team selections. Previously we had a call for feedback on the Selection Policy and I wish to thank everyone and all […]
Long – The long was a physical, steep race with two main route choice legs for the girls and three for the boys. The route choices were either very steep and straight or very far around and it was difficult to weigh up the options. We all found the physical terrain difficult and were impressed […]
WUOC 2014 Update 1 – Opening Ceremony and Sprint Relay Opening ceremony – having mastered the tram system during our training week here, we set off early for the opening ceremony, and stopped off at the great gelato place in the main town square, then wandered down to the ceremony location. It was a fairly […]
The whole New Zealand WUOC team is now together in Olomouc and we have had a good taste of Czech forests in this area. We have had model events for the middle and long and I think I have a good idea of what the race terrain will be like. The team is really enjoying […]
Follow Dylan and Callum Wilkie from Callum’s perspective as they take on the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rogaine Championships for 2014. Long distance navigation saw them through over 30 checkpoints over the 4 hour race time. Whakarewrewa Forest Park, Rotorua, New Zealand credit: Callum Wilkie For more information on the event: Results Event Information
I flew into Prague on Monday and took the train to Olomouc. Transport here seems to run really smoothly and I got all the way to the accommodation by just following my nose. Most of the team were already settled in and had been training already. The accommodation is in a student residence block with […]
Photos to tell the story of the successful relay day…. Thunderstorms and a downpour of rain for the start of the relay Wet weather is Tim Robertson’s favourite orienteering condition… Shamus Morrison ran a strong race to maintain the team’s position in amongst the leaders. And Nick Hann smashed out an outstanding run to bring […]
Nick Hann’s hard work, determination, strength through challenging terrain and superb navigational skills have earned him a fantastic 5th place in the 2014 JWOC Middle Distance final. CONGRATULATIONS NBH!
A sunny day for the middle qualification, so we were glad for the 10.00am start so that we did not have to run in the heat. The middle qualifier always passes quickly as there are 3 runners beginning at the same time. There are 3 courses and the fastest 20 on each course qualify for […]
The thunderstorms continued through the previous night so we were relieved to see clear weather for the Long distance day – though we were not confident it would last in the mountain area. We had an early start with the early runners needing to be at 6.50am bus. The terrain was hilly pine forest between […]
The athletes were quarantined in the Samakov Arena – a large complex with several levels. The warm up area was inside on the basement floor and the prestart was also inside the building. The athletes could hear the thunder outside and the earlier runners had the advantage of dry conditions. The heavy rain had spectators […]
Well what can I say, this was my first ever JWOC race and I’ve been caught out unlucky. Mixed emotions flow through my body and trying to encapsulate this experience is hard. I feel frustrated at the “would’ve” situations that lie right in front of me yet what a hell of a race. Technically I […]
Download the OreinteeringNZ Media Release: Robertson Wins Gold – Media Release 23 July 2014 Thunderstorms did not prevent Tim Robertson from backing up his 2013 Bronze medal with a 2014 JWOC Gold medal in Samokov, Bulgaria Download the OrienteeringNZ Media Release: Robertson Wins Gold – Media Release 23 July 2014
The 2014 Junior World Orienteering Championship races start Tuesday night (Tues 22nd July, 7pm NZST) with the Sprint. JWOC2014 is being held in Borovets, Bulgaria. New Zealand has a team of 6 women and 6 men plus coach and team manager. In addition, several kiwis have travelled to support the team. The New Zealand JWOC 2014 […]
The teams have arrived, the flags are raised, start lists are up, and you can count the hours until your start. This is the period when nerves start to set in. A morning jwalk around the long model map served well to keep our minds off the competition. The forest floor is very clean for […]
While the team enjoyed a sleep in and late breakfast, Karen Blatchford and I headed up on the gondola to run/walk as far up Mt Musala (2925m) as we could go before lunch. The altitude made us quite breathless when we ran – well, that is what we told ourselves when we were wheezing and […]
Sunday was a full rest day here in Borovets for the NZ and Aussie teams, with a rally just down the road to keep the boys occupied for the morning and also keeping us here with the road into the hotel being closed. The girls went for a walk into Borovets town to have a […]
Every year in Greenland around the end of June, the Ilulissat Orienteering Club (IOG) holds the Arctic Midnight Orienteering Competition, which comprises a short, middle and ultra long race. I travelled this year via Copenhagen and Kangalussat to this extraordinary destination to see what it was all about – and I wasn’t disappointed. Ilulissat is […]
In the lead up to JWOC our team along with the Aussies have done a series of simulation races where you are given all the relevant information to simulate a JWOC race. We did a long race, a middle race and a sprint, which Cam has already reported on. The long JWOC simulation was held […]
For our final race simulation, we headed out to what Nick recalls as the “rabid dog” map or the model map in a filthy part of Samokov. After a quick jog of the model map and a small dog scare later, we lined up ready to hit the streets.
Today we headed down to Samakov to run on the feared ‘Vazrajdane’ map (Translation from Bulgarian is “Vicious Great Danes”) If you have not already read NBH’s blog “Who let the dogs out” https://www.orienteering.org.nz/junior-world-championships/dogs-out/, then you need to read this to get background on why we approached this map with fear and trembling! It is […]
We drove 20 minutes, to Reylovo, to run the a middle distance simulation using the same format as the long distance – designated vehicles, model map, start draw and a last chance to practice through the race day routines. The NZ boys achieved celebrity status when an old gentleman appeared and struck up a conversation […]
A lovely feeling to have no alarms set and to know the only deadline in the morning was the finish of the breakfast shift at 10.00am. The morning was spent in a variety of ways; some reading through JWOC Bulletin 4, others converting the sprint map to use on Catching Features, secretive photo sessions for […]
Matt Ogden has blogged about his experiences at WOC 2014. “After a 2 day mission to get back home from Lavarone (including a 6km, 90minute walk through some Italy back country with Ross and all our gear after 2 trains and 2 buses and a 7 hour stopover in Berlin) I had some time to […]
An earlier start to the day, with the athletes expected to have breakfasted and be ready for their ‘JWOC shuttle’ service to the start of the Long distance simulation by 8.30am. It was an 80 minute drive to the town of Marchaevo. We arrived at the finish area, then ‘shuttled’ the athletes up a very […]
We woke to misty rain, enjoyed our breakfast and then headed to “Gorvedarci “ for the morning training. The drive takes us past, what are becoming, familiar Bulgarian scenes – horses grazing on the main street of villages, chooks on the verges of the side streets, people biking or walking with their makeshift trolleys made […]
The team arrived in various stages to our accommodation at the Lion Hotel in Borovets: There was an advance party at midday who established base camp and enjoyed checking out the spacious rooms in the quiet, peaceful hotel set in the trees. Some ventured out for a 30 minute run to check the local surroundings, […]
“Today we had fun.” Okay that was Tim’s attempt at a blog post. Maybe I should write the rest. First training with the team was today at a map called Shiroki Dol (pronounced Shreaky Doll). The Australians couldn’t resist spending another day without us so they came along to the training too. We took a […]
Another long, wet day at Campomulo but in the end a guaranteed promotion from Group 3 to Group 2 for the women, who finished 18th, and a 23rd place finish for the men which, as for the women, was an improvement of 3 places on last year in Finland. Once again the courses were rugged […]
The Middle Distance at WOC is a bit like the 1500 m at the Olympics – probably considered by men as the blue ribbon event – generally the most technical of the terrains and this year at an altitude of 1500-1700 m in the forest and alpine meadows of Campomulo. What’s more the sun shone […]
This year we see the first NZ Schools Rogaine Championships, being held in the Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua on the 9th of August by Orienteering Bay of Plenty. Why is this a big deal? Well – it is one of the areas identified as a growth opportunity in our Strategic Plan. There is 3 reasons […]
As it says this is not a WOC report, but for those who will be following the middle distance online tomorrow, to help you visualize what it’s like attached are the map and some photos from today’s model event – steep and rocky! Malcolm
Lizzie Ingham has posted a race review of the Sprint races on her personal blog: Although the official proposal of having separate sprint WOC and forest WOCs may have been shot down, with this year’s schedule I’ve ended up pretty much having two separate WOCs anyway. Last weekend was all about the sprints, with the […]
With the new groupings of how many runners each country are allocated in the middle and long distance races now based on positions in the long, middle and relay over the previous 2 years, these last three events of WOC2014 are going to be crucial for New Zealand. Thus Matt and Greta set out today […]
Recently I have been staying in Samokov with Brodie Nankervis, Matt Doyle and Ashley Nankervis. We have a small apartment complete with grandpa slippers and dog-skin carpets (probably from some of the feral dogs on the street). What is great about the place is we have our own kitchen so we can cook our own […]
Alice and I arrived in France looking forward to the European summer, and what did we find? Rain, rain, rain- we seem to have brought the Auckland weather with us! However, we did not let this stop us. While recovering from jet lag after 30 hours of travelling, we have seen so much of the […]
After an action packed 32-hour flight with The Shmoose through Singapore and Frankfurt, we went our separate ways at Milan Central Station. He joined up with Becky and Helena for a 2-day giro in Milan, while I hopped on a train to meet up with Host Family Version 1.0 in Trento (the city of the […]
Today is our non race day as even though there is a sprint race no buses are running to and from the event. So instead we are all going to go exploring round Asiago with a long run thrown in the mix also did house / flat keeping jobs including blog posts. We also decided […]
Step 1 – Finding the supermarket. The best way to do this is to ask a friendly Italian local. Firstly, try the typical “do you speak english?” and receive the typical answer “no”, or, even better, a blank look. Next, try saying supermarket in Italian with horrendous pronounciation, which receives another blank look. Following this, french […]
A couple of days ago our first race in Italia started with a bang! Venice filled with alleyways, tourists and the all-exhausting heat. First of all, my hat goes well and truly off to anyone who ran the WOC races. I know I couldn’t concentrate well because of the heat, seriously sapped everything out of […]
It rained and it rained and it rained, the cobbles and shiny pavements of the old town of Trento getting slippier and slippier and the temperature dropping from about 30C at the start to barely 20 at the finish. And along the with the rain, New Zealand’s initially bright hopes in the first ever sprint […]
The sprint – a long, long, hot day that started at 6am so we could get the specially laid on ferry to Burano Island for the qualifying heats. Sadly these were not exactly a great success from the NZ point of view, with only Lizzie running to form and cruising into the final in 6th place in her heat. Greta was right up with the pace in heat 3, but a 1 minute mistake was the death knell for her qualifying chances, and Imogene was steady but always just off the necessary pace.
And so to Venice… or rather our accommodation in Lido di Jesolo, where we arrived yesterday afternoon. Think four streets parallel to a long, long beach, wall-to-wall hotels, souvenir shops and amusement arcades, and you can imagine that it’s not really the kind of place that you would expect elite athletes to be hanging out in! The beach itself is covered by row after row of sunshades and loungers. Nonetheless this is our home for 3 nights, as dictated by the WOC organizers, for the first individual event, the sprint.
On Wednesday I ran a long distance training race with the Norwegians on a very steep map with rocks and a network of tracks. This area is likely to be similar to the southern part of the JWOC long distance terrain. Picking the correct route-choices was essential, as was control through the detailed areas. I […]
It been over 30 hours since I left Auckland and I’ve finally arrived Venice at the strike of midnight. Having stopped for 6 hours in Singapore’s Changi Airport, I managed to find amusement with the various gardens, movies and a roof top pool. Surprisingly, they had a butterfly enclosure to explore, though having to bear […]
Right at this moment Helena, Shamboozle and I have our feet up in our hostel in Milan. We’ve got two nights here before heading to Venice for the beginning of the Italy Five Days. What an awesome chance to be here and am feeling extremely lucky. No matter how you say it, this city has […]
After nearly 50 hours of travelling I finally made it to Sofia to meet up with the Norwegians. Some slight confusion about when they were arriving but I spotted a Bulgarian wearing a Halden SK jacket who GPS units to give to the Norwegians and we managed to find them together. We are using these GPS units for each training which is useful for analysing how we ran, but also means the coaches can watch us live out at the forest. Good for discussing what happened right afterwards and also finding those runners who are completely lost.
Image – Middle Podium (Photo Credit: Andrea Cardosi) Another year, another WOC, and here we are in sunny (but also very thundery) Italy on the Altopiano of Asiago in the foothills of the Dolomites. Wh
I got fairly bored during my 16 hour stop-over in Hong Kong so I decided to mission it up Lantau Peak. The airport was fairly lacking in things to do and I felt a bit of an adventure would be a good way to pass the time. At 934 metres, Lantau Peak is the second […]
An interview with Rob Jessop (AK) – team coach for the 2014 New Zealand Junior World Orienteering Championships Team. How did he start?
Back in Wellington I couldn’t resist the call of Waikawa, so Becky, The Moose and I drove on up there today for some badass training. Originally The Moose had a hairdressing appointment booked at the same time but after a quick call to him he rescheduled. When it comes to orienteering, Shamillionaire’s perms can wait. […]
The College Sport Wellington Prize-giving and Sprint event, held at Victoria University, was an opportunity to fine tune some sprint skills for 3 of the local Wellington JWOCers before they head to Eu
Saturday got off to a good start waking up to a package at the front doorstep. Inside was an exciting parcel put together by Bivouac/Outdoor. Having been generously sponsored a pair of X-Talon Inov8s alongside this – I’d like to say a massive thank you to Bivouac for their support. Having worked at the Sylvia […]
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Today I ran a good hill session out near Sumner. My Achilles has been improving steadily over the past 4 weeks and I have built up to 90+ min runs successfully. It is great to be running again even if it does mean the amount of study that gets done is considerably less. After seeing […]
By Sophie From before I even started High School I had been told by various different people about the Hillary Challenge event run by OPC, In effect how amazing it was and that I would really enjoy it. So when our Cashmere High School team qualified for the national final in September last year I […]
I’m excited to announce that Science in Sport have agreed to sponsor me for my European conquest! Science in Sport (SiS) is a leading sports nutrition company that produces high-quality nutritional products for athletes. SiS has products taken after training/competing to promote recovery as well as gels/bars to have within exercise that increase energy levels. […]
I just thought I would do a blog to let people know what I am actually doing while I am away for four months! I am currently writing in Melbourne airport after finally escaping the worries of trying to fit my bike and four months’ worth of gear into my 30kg and 7kg carry on […]
Over the last month or so I have been competing in several Xterra trail runs with local orienteer’s Piret Klade, Tim Robertson, and Jamie Stewart. Xterra is a series of trail runs with breathtaking views, jagged coastlines and lush native bush. There are four races the series this year each consisting of a short, middle, […]
Whether you are preparing for a major race, practicing for a night event or just wanting to just brush up on some of the basics, catching features is the ultimate supplement to your training! For those not familiar with catching features (CF), it is a computer game played by a number of orienteer’s from around […]
Just like that Queen’s Birthday is all wrapped up and we’re into June! I’m leaving at the end of this month for Europe, putting pre-JWOC plans into practice. First stop will be Milan, Italy where I’ll be meeting up with Shamus and Helena. We have a couple of days to find our feet and the […]
The WOA Middle Distance Championships were taken out by Tim Robertson on Monday, making it his 3rd win for the weekend. Robertson destroyed the field to win by almost 4 minutes, with a time of 27:33. The Moose, who was caught 4 minutes by Robertson at control 14, kept attacking and finished before Robertson on […]
Tim Robertson’s true form came through in the WOA Long Distance Championships today at Fusilier, taking out the event by 6 minutes. Robertson confidently attacked the course and navigated well to take the win in the Men’s Elite. Brodie Nankervis stepped up also, coming second 6 minutes in front of Jason Markham. A mixture of […]
The juniors showed their speed today in the WOA Sprint at Massey University. A relatively simple course with 50-50 route-choice meant those with speedy legs could push confidently the whole way. With minimum hesitations there were no breaks for the runners and the pain was showing on the runners’ faces as they were racing around […]
The WOA Champs at Queens Birthday this year will see a good portion of the New Zealand JWOC team competing. Queens Birthday is the last big race most of the team will experience before they head off to Europe. With only 7 weeks until JWOC commences, it will give us a good indication of how […]
Whenever you are training the time just seems to fly by, you don’t realise how much you actually spend preparing yourself for some of the most important races that will kick start your international orienteering career. So far I have managed to fit in both university study and training, however I should probably study a […]
The past couple of weeks have been pretty busy with me trying to fit in all the uni work, actual work and training, but here’s a nice summary of what I’ve been up to! Most recently (last weekend) I was (un?)lucky enough to be commandeered into a team for the annual T’Walk event run by […]
This year’s NISS was organised by Waikato Orienteering Club. It was an awesome event that I had been looking forward to, having missed out on it last year. The Sprint was at Hamilton Boys High and neighbouring Marian Catholic School . The thing I loved most about this map was the combination of close building […]
Seeing the fresh snow fall on the Alps this week made me super keen to get out there, and climbing some mountains would be the perfect break from study. On a day like this, nothing can beat standing on the top of a big pile of rock. Starting at Porters Pass (942 m), the ridge […]
As I entered the second week of the school holidays I was looking forward to a good week of training finishing with a three day Hillary Challenge training with Middleton Grange School at Lake Heron and the South Island Schools Champs. I’m not a morning person to put it simply, so getting up at 6:15 […]
This year I am going to be maximising my time in Bulgarian terrain before JWOC. The Norwegian team has offered me a spot on their training camp in Bulgaria, from 30th June to 5th July. In 2012 I was on a training camp in the Czech Republic with the Norwegian equivalent of New Zealand’s D-squad. […]
Nick has his A-game on (like always!) and has beaten me to the post, already writing about post-nationals training (check it out below). Backtracking a bit here’s a quick outline of nationals and how everyone in the team did. Firstly, thanks to Wellington Orienteering Club for putting on some great events on some quality maps! Secondly, […]
After the fantastic nationals in Wellington, the Moose and I couldn’t wait to get back out on some of those maps. But since Fusilier is embargoed until Queens Birthday, and we didn’t really feel like getting shot down by fighter jets for running around Ohakea, Waikawa was left as our only option. I brought the […]
Hi everyone, We are going to update this blog in our lead up to JWOC 2014; with the latest on our results, events and training. Look out for the other important links on this website, all there to keep you completely up to date with JWOC 2014 and the NZ team!
JWOC 2013 My trip to JWOC this year was amazing. One of my favourite things this year was getting to know all the other teams better, as we were all staying in the same accommodation. Placing 3rd in the sprint distance opened my eyes to the fact that I can be up there with the […]
Well congratulations for finding your way here – to the coaching blog, the self-help section of this website. You have managed to correctly orient yourself. Here is where we care about you as an orienteer. Many have mulled about the name “orienteering”. While certainly not as unfortunate as “rogaining”, it has never been an easy […]
Having a critical-mass of members is important for the sustainability of any member-based organisation. We need to refresh, have turnover of key volunteer roles and also have a constant stream of enthusiasm to maintain and grow the sport that we all love. Therefore having people become members is important for the long-term sustainability of orienteering […]