The weekly e-newsletter of
Bendigo Orienteers Inc.
Issue 19/14: 28 May, 2014
Contact (for this publication): Peter J. Creely: email@example.com (Ph. 5443 1975)
Web site: www.bendigo-orienteers.com.au
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Any Juniors? You may have noticed the paragraph in last week’s Bulletin re our juniors and their successes at the Secondary Schools Champs in Melbourne. These kids are part of Bendigo’s JSquad, made up of young people from 8 or 9 years old onwards. Our Squad numbers approximately 15 or 16 kids and you will see them at our local events most Saturdays, and also their names usually high up in the results list on the Monday after. It is a great little group and is always open to more people. If any parents have kids who come out to orienteering and who are showing an interest, I would be happy to put them on my mailing list for 1. a weekly e-Bulletin similar to this one and 2. a small monthly colour newsletter with items on map reading, navigational techniques and such like. It is not heavy stuff but kids may find it of interest and helpful to their participation. If you and/or your children are interested please let me know and I will add you to my list.
Map reading exercise. After the present Space Racing series has finished (late June) I will be conducting 3 or 4 map reading exercises for the SR people (and others) who express an interest. The exercises will consist of a short walk (approx. 1.5 to 2 kms) through an area of forest that has a good range of features – pits, rock, contour feature etc. I would like to give the kids (parents are most welcome also) the opportunity to see how features actually look on the ground and how they are represented on the map. At this stage I intend to do a couple of these in Castlemaine as we have some interested people from schools down there. More details later.
Congratulations Bendigo Orienteers! Our club featured very high in the honours list at the recent Victorian Orienteering Association presentation day. We took out the Rockhopper Trophy which is awarded to the club that has gained the most points in the 12 month period leading up to the annual presentations day. Points are awarded in the Victorian Individual Long, Middle and Sprint Distance Foot Championships, the Victorian Club Foot Relays, and all State Series Foot events.
We also had 6 State Series Champions
Daryl Fleay was named 2013 Course Setter of the Year, for his Easter Saturday courses at Yorkshire Hill, well done Daryl
Clare Brownridge and Jim Russell were named in the group that received the ‘Coach of the Year’ award. This group coached the Junior Schools team that won the Aus Schools Champs
Well done to all and well done Bendigo.
Newcomers. Our club has made a strong commitment in recent years to having people who front up to an event as ‘newcomers’ being put in the picture as to procedures for registration, a recommendation for a course suitable for them on the day and, of course, enough of the orienteering basics so that they will enjoy their experience and (hopefully) come back again …and again.
The ‘Newcomers’ Table’ which is set up each week does need orienteers who feel that they would like to give to others some of their excitement in our sport and to pass on some basic introductory messages. A table without enthusiastic and experienced orienteers is nothing. Please consider giving a bit of your time (you can still go on your run – before or after) so that this great initiative of our club is maintained. Spread the load – this shouldn’t just be the responsibility of a couple of people in the club. There are orange caps to wear and these can be used on the day for identification of you as a helper – they are in the box at the Newcomers’ Table.
Bendigo Primary Schools Champs. Friday 6th June at 10am. We are looking for more people to help in this important event. We have a few but are after as many as we can get to make it a bit easier all round. If you have a few hours to spare on that day (or can alter your schedule to suit) could you please advise David Jones on email@example.com It would be great if you could help – it is an important event and it is a fun day.
Space Racing, 24 May: Down to Spring Gully Creek! Different terrain – different race planning. No participant visited all controls, 12 being the maximum (out of 15), by two teams. Anyway, it was a good event and I’m sure everyone learnt a little more about technique and tactics. Next week we will be at Kennington Reservoir at the BBQ area on Reservoir Road, a few hundred metres north from the traffic lights in Condon Street (at the Reservoir Hotel). A full report can be found on the Space Racing web page.
A preview of forthcoming attractions. Queen’s Birthday double header – Maldon – Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 June 2014.
Bendigo Orienteers and Nillumbik Emus Orienteering Club invite you to enjoy the long weekend in the historic goldfields with a taste of granite thrown in on Saturday
Saturday 7 June – King and Queen of the Mountain (Tarrengower) – Bendigo Rocks Series #1
· Courses 1, 2 and 3 will find their way into the granite before returning to the town.
· An excellent intro for newcomers to bush orienteering.
· Enter on day for all courses.
· Start any time between 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm.
· Courses by Mark Hennessy.
Sunday 8 June – State Series Event #7 – South German, Maldon State Forest, near Newstead – Nillumbik Emus Orienteers
· The terrain is mostly spur-gully; some strongly expressed, some subtle, mixed with rock features and gold mining.
· Pre-entry is recommended, on-line via Eventor, early bird by next Tuesday 3 June (late on-line entry until Thursday 5 June).
· Enter-on-day available, while map stocks last.
· Start times from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Registration closes 12.30 pm. Courses close from 2.30 pm.
· Full details next issue.
Course setting for a Space Race. Thanks to two people – we now have all Space Races catered for.
Fiddlers Green. Full details can be found on our webpage.
Coming Events: Saturday 31 May.
Organiser: Nigel McGuckian
Course Setter: Jack Wigney
Start: 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm
Comment: Sedgwick is one of the best orienteering maps in Victoria. Beautiful forest – especially at the moment, and good contour. And of course, great course setting by Jack Wigney. It would be a shame if you missed it!
From Bendigo, travel to Strathfieldsaye. Turn right into Emu Creek Road and follow O signs. From Mandurang , take Mandurang Road and turn left into Storeys Road. At Emu Creek Road turn right and follow O signs. From Melbourne, exit the Calder Fwy at the Elphinstone exit and turn right into the Bendigo –Sutton Grange Road. This becomes Axe Creek road. Turn left into Emu Creek Road and follow O signs.
Next Bulletin 4 June