Salme shows us how its done at UOW
I can hear the collective sighs of relief all around now that SL 10 and 11 are over. Sleepless nights and early mornings were all part of the experience for the organisers and course setters. Great organisation by Keith, David and Kev, and great course setting by Natalya, Vicki and Simon. There were some lessons learned with some people saying the State League courses were too easy at Cataract, while the easy courses could perhaps have been a little easier. On Sunday Simon thought his sprint courses were maybe a little long, but it was such a great venue and everyone enjoyed the day that I don’t think anyone noticed!
On Saturday at Cataract we hosted 126 competitors in the State League event (including 8 EODs) and 121 children in the Schools Champs.
On Sunday we had 138 competitors in State League (including 15 EODs) and 113 children in the School Champs.
There were more than 70 different schools represented in the Schools Championships. Greenwich Public School took the honour of Champion primary school, while a continuing strong presence saw Knox Grammar once again take out Champion secondary school.
Channel 9 News turned up to the University around midday on Sunday to interview Ian Jessup and three of the children. All the kids spoke very well about the weekend and what they like about orienteering – what a great experience for them all! Ian, our media guru, did a much better job than any of us could at selling the sport. If you live in the Illawarra be sure to keep an eye out tonight at 6pm on Channel 9.
Ian Jessup explains the sport of orienteering to Channel 9 cameraman
There were lots of positive comments about the new Wollongong Uni map, and the vibe in the grassy glade where we all assembled was very happy and relaxed. Easy access to coffee and good food was a definite bonus!
For photos from the weekend see our new Photo Gallery page where you will find an edited down version of those already posted to Facebook.
Ken did a great job of keeping the starters under control
Our fifth annual South Coast primary schools gala day was another successful promotion. The day was held on Wednesday 17 May at the Croom Sports Complex at Albion Park.
Four primary schools from the South Coast attended the day with 75 students from years 5 and 6 and their teachers. It was good to see Nowra Public make a return appearance this year while Flinders Public, St Georges Basin Public and Aurora Steiner School attended for the first time.
For most of the students reading a map was a new experience. The students practiced their navigation with individual courses through the bushland and open fields surrounding the stadium. The day finished with the students competing in a relay with 25 teams of three. Excitement levels were high, from the mass start until the last runner finished.
The Croom Sports Complex offers excellent conditions for beginners with a natural, lightly wooded bush area with a track network and plenty of open area that is used for training and competition for a variety of sports.
Placegetters received a personal invitation to the NSW Schools Championships to be held on August 19-20 in the Illawarra.
Special thanks to Kevin Curby for once again organising the day and being our contact point with the schools. Lyn Malgrom offered her expert guidance and coaching to the students throughout the day and Keith Jay set the courses. Ron Pallas provided his usual invaluable assistance in the IT department and Salme Fuller, Rob Spry and Garry Stewart are thanked for their invaluable assistance on the day.
Mike Driscoll from the Illawarra Mercury has once again shown his support for the sport by publishing a story online which you can find HERE.
The final round of Summergong 4 featured two international runners, who must have heard of Keith’s course setting abilities. Welcome to Kirsti from Finland and Eshell from Israel. The weather was surprisingly fine, despite the gloomy forecast.
Today’s event saw a dead heat for 1st place, with both Simon and Philip finishing on 570 points, after penalties. Aidan from GO came in third having collected the maximum 600 points, but lost 50 points in late penalties. Cooper sprinted around the 1km short course in just over 9 minutes, after competing in the 45 minute score course with dad. Results have been posted onto Eventor and can be found HERE.
Congratulations to the series winner Linda (UR) with 309 points. Linda competed in all 4 events. Second and third were Simon (IKO) and Philip (IKO) who both missed an event when they were course setters. The series point score can be viewed here – Summergong point score – after 4 events
In the short course, well done to Beatrix for having the highest score. Special mention to the Ryan family who competed in all four events.
Thanks to all the IKO members who helped out during the series. The next IKO event will be held at Sutherland on Saturday afternoon 11 March 2017 – details on Eventor.
Thankfully it was cooler conditions for Week 3 of the Summergong series, although there were still some weather hazards in the form of rain showers. Around 20 people turned up to explore Guest Park, Cabbage Tree Creek and the surrounding streets of Fairy Meadow and Balgownie.
Taking the lead after three weeks is Linda from Uringa who has attended all three events. In second place is Simon from IKO. See the following score sheet for all the details.
The series concludes next week at JJ Kelly Park in Wollongong. Who will be the series winner?
Summergong point score – after 3 events