Committee Meeting 22-Feb-2016

The committee held its first meeting on Monday night, with lots on the agenda. The minutes are available on our Resources page:

Minutes Feb 2016

Orienteering Victoria is holding a “Let’s Grow Again” workshop on Sunday 28 February, 3pm – 5pm, Westerfolds Park, Melbourne. If anyone would like to go down and represent Bendigo, please let Julie know.

Bendigo To-Day, Heathcote

The site for this years’ To Day events were the streetscape and local bushland at Heathcote. Big Thanks to Jim and helpers for putting on a great double event, including linking it into the Heathcote Community Games. This meant that the event was highlighted to the locals with several participating in a Come and Try option on Saturday evening. A follow-up event will be on next weekend too.

The sprint on Saturday included portions of the health centre precinct and the local primary school before heading down through the town centre to the sports fields. Plenty of route choice options were on offer and careful attention to gaps between buildings and fences meant the difference between good and average times. The Sunday Hagaby started along McIvor Creek before climbing into the rising ground to the east with some controls placed amongst the showground and other buildings. Portions of the A and B courses lead orienteers further up into the hills for some loops amongst the steep and scrubby forest. The 2 map courses also meant that orienteers retraced their steps across the rocky ridge line before descending to the final leg into the finish.

Course A attracted 27 competitors for both days, with a further 7 participating on Saturday or Sunday only. This course was won by visiting British orienteer Ralph Street, separated by just seconds from local Leon Keely in a close race. Simon Uphill (OHS) also placed well, with Natasha Key (MFR) best placed female over the two days in 14th.

Course B attracted 15 over the two days, but a further 16 ran either Saturday or Sunday only. Aston Key (MFR) dominated in both Sprint and Hagaby, well ahead of second place Even Fossum (BKV), with Andrew Cameron (BGV) in 3rd. Best female was another visitor from the UK, Kitty Bray in 5th just ahead of Leisha Maggs (BGV).

Course C saw a smaller field with 9 participating on both days and a further 11 who ran on either day. Sarah Davies (DRV) won ahead of Karina Cherry (BGV), with third place taken by the first male Dennis Mews(BKV) a couple minutes ahead of Magnus Fossum (BKV).

The event attracted about 85 orienteers in all with 31 Bendigo club members participating. Several others were present as spectators or helpers at some point. Well done.

Don Cherry

Pat Jaffe

Pat Jaffe on his way to 3rd place in the Sprint

2016 AGM

The 2016 AGM has been run and won, with a new committee appointed for 2016.

President: Julie Flynn
Vice President: Nigel McGuckian
Secretary: Louise Hall
Treasurer: Andrew Wallace

Committee members: Alison Radford, Heather Jones, Jacqui Knee, Peter Forbes, Jim Russell, Ben Goonan

Some old faces, some new faces. If you missed out, never fear. Everyone here is a volunteer, offering their time and resources to make our club the best it can be, and we always need plenty more willing helpers to keep things running smoothly. If you’d like to help out in any capacity, no matter how small, please let one of our committee members know. Details on the Contact Us page.

Minutes from the meeting are available here: Minutes AGM Feb 2016.pdf

Virtual Maze-O

Score Course

2015 Club Champions!

Congratulations to all our medalists and club champions for 2015! After another great season of local competition the Bendigo Orienteers End-of-Year Presentations Event  was a great way to celebrate and recognise the efforts of our club members.

(L) Senior Woman's Champ - Leisha, and (r) Junior Girls champ - Karina

(L) Senior Woman’s Champ – Leisha, and (R) Junior Girls champ – Karina

Senior Mens Champ - Ben

Senior Mens Open Champ – Ben

Junior boys champ - Amos with uncle Toph

Junior boys champ – Amos (R), with uncle Toph (L)

(L) Golden Sandshoe winner Jack, and Junior boys winner Harrison

(L) Golden Sandshoe winner Jack, and Sub-Junior boys winner Harrison

Long time active club member Ian receiving gift of recognition

Long time active club member Ian received a gift of recognition and third place medal for Course 3

Two of Bendigo's longest serving members Peter and Peter holding the Bendigo Orienteers OV Rockhopper Champion Club Trophy

Founding members Peter S and Peter G holding the OV Rockhopper Trophy – Bendigo Orienteers Champoin Club again

Three unusual course formats were available on the day for members who were brave enough to try something a little different and the courses proved to be a real test of peoples navigation. Don’t be fooled – even a relatively simple map like Salomon links can be a technical challenge with a bit of imagination in course setting. Participants chose from either a Virtual-Maze-O course, Snake-O-linecourse Score format, or a Super-Scatter-Sprint. Judging from participants feedback, the challenge of these different formats was really enjoyed!

Virtual Maze-O

Maze-O

Snake-O-Linecourse Score

Snake-O-Linecourse Score

Go Explore It Heathcote – presentation of prizes

Last Friday morning I was honoured to present some prizes to participants in Go Explore It Heathcote. The CEO of Heathcote Health was there; Dan Douglass has been an enthusiastic supporter of our efforts to get the people of Heathcote out and active in their community. Also present were the coordinator of the Heathcote Community House, Vicki Forde and Sandra Slatter, who coordinates the Heathcote Community Games in February each year.
This project started many months ago when I met Dan out walking his dog. We got chatting (we used to work together) about his desire to improve physical activity for the people in Heathcote. Our club had just been awarded funding for Go Explore It and the Go Explore It group talked about including Heathcote in some of the activities. Heathcote is a town with entrenched disadvantage and a number of poor health measures among its population.
This year the Go Explore It project has achieved a number of exciting activities:

– A new orienteering map of the township of Heathcote was developed after we obtained LIDAR data of terrain in and around Heathcote, so we could make the base map. Christopher Naunton has done a great job of this map, and Bendigo club members will have the opportunity to run with this map at the ToDay event on 20th & 21st Feb 2016.

– Andrew Cameron, with help from a couple of other club members (including Darren Eenjes and Bryan Keely), organised a number of school based orienteering activities over two school terms at both the primary school and the Catholic primary school in town. He reported great enthusiasm and enjoyment among both students and staff members.

– The Go Explore It project has also developed some curriculum based classroom lessons designed to introduce primary school students to map reading around their environment, thanks to Jenny Ball and Joanne Cherry, who are practicing teachers. These resources meet the Australian curriculum standards and are available for free to teachers to use in their classrooms.

– The Go Explore It Heathcote was set up as a pilot so we could trial a community event in a smaller town before we introduce this to Bendigo in 2016. In order to make the maps available for free and broadly distributed, they were printed in large numbers and made available to the community in the local newspaper, the schools and the community house and tourist information centre. The activity went for 2 months and people were challenged to use the map as they walked, ran or cycled around the town, finding sites and matching photos. A website was developed, and participants were invited to register their answers on the website. We wanted mass participation. Craig Fueurhardt has contributed many hours of planning and organizing to get these things happening in Heathcote.

– Registration on the website was actually a bit disappointing, and we realized that we had made a lot of assumptions in the way that Go Explore It Heathcote was designed and organised. We met with Sandra and Vicki, and learned a few things about the community. As a result there are a few things we are planning to do differently in Bendigo in 2016 when we introduce a larger map reading health promotion activity.

– So, back to the presentation. A mother attended with her six youngest home schooled children. She had gone out with 4 of her children and they had found the largest number of sites. They won a $50 voucher from Sportsco and also a massage voucher from N8 Health for being the largest group to participate. Two other people won prizes. When I stated that we were a bit disappointed at the low participation rate, Dan, Vicki and Sandra all stated that many more people got out and tried it than the ones who registered their results on the website.

– The Go Explore It group has committed Bendigo Orienteers to two ‘Come and Try It’ orienteering events in Heathcote next year: the first ToDay sprint event will have a short novice option for locals to get a taste of orienteering, and on the following weekend, we have been asked to provide a small sample event around Barracks reserve as part of the Heathcote Community Games.

Go Explore It has made a mark on Heathcote and introduced orienteering in interesting ways for the community. I encourage club members to consider volunteering with me in February to help a few locals discover some of the fun and wonders of orienteering.

Julie Flynn

ALL WELCOME

 

ALL WELCOME (members and visitors) – Bendigo Presentations and End-Of-Year Event @ Quarry Hill Golf Course club rooms.

ANY IDEAS WHAT THE COURSE FORMAT WILL BE THIS YEAR???

Will it be Virtually aMAZING? Could there be an opportunity for people with NOODLE skills? Why not come and find out! Expect the Unexpected?

We have dusted off the trophies and have a swag of medals to award our club champions! Its time to celebrate the great effort of all our club members through the year, so come along and enjoy a wacky course and yummy BBQ with us.

Please remember to RSVP FOR CATERING via Eventor (Log in and enter the event here to RSVP)

Your also welcome to join us for a RUN ONLY – that’s fine, but please let us know (email: secretary@bendigo-orienteers.com.au) for run only NO need to RSVP!

See you there, Enjoy!

Rumor has it, there might be something like this? – just a little easier!

Maze Orienteering

Bendigo Presentations and End-Of-Year Event

ALL WELCOME (members and visitors) – Bendigo Presentations and End-Of-Year Event @ Quarry Hill Golf Course club rooms.

If you enjoyed our year of orienteering, why not join us to celebrate on SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER for a run and lunch at Solomon Links!

Orienteering course available from 10:30 to 11:30am

BBQ Lunch 12:00 pm

Presentations 1:00 pm

Please RSVP via Eventor (ENTER HERE) for catering purposes, meat and light refreshments provided, please bring a salad plate to share.

Your welcome to join us for a RUN ONLY – that’s fine, but please let us know (email: secretary@bendigo-orienteers.com.au) NO need to RSVP!

See you there, Enjoy!

State Series 6 – Kangaroo Flat

Competitors in State Series 6 enjoyed beautiful weather and excellent courses on a brand new map on the outskirts of Bendigo. There was a great turnout for what was originally planned as a Bendigo local event, with many people taking on the challenge of course 1-2.

Runners were treated to a new map by Neil Barr, who had also set courses for the day. It’s amazing to think that an area of such complex technical gold mining has sat unused so close to the centre of Bendigo for so long. Look out for when the next event is on here!

Six people arrived at the assembly area looking very relaxed, having arrived by train. While public transport to events is common in some countries overseas, this was a novelty for bush orienteering in Australia. To encourage people to take the train, one free entry was on offer to a train traveller. Congratulations to Pam King, and we hope you enjoyed your journey.

Space Racing also happened in the Botanic Gardens, with teams of primary school kids zooming around with their parents on a score course. See Space Racing for results.

Thanks to all the Bendigo club members who volunteered and helped the day run smoothly.

Results are HERE Splits are HERE       NEXT WEEK: Kangaroo Gully.

Clare Brownridge, Organiser