The IOF has decided to include ‘MicrO’ as part fo the Middle Distance race at next year’s WOC. Below is some info that might help elites to understand what MicrO is. OA HP is currently endeavouring to have some MicrO races organised next year as part of NOL. Here is a Grant Bluett translation of what Bjorna Valstad wrote about … Read More

National Junior Coach


The following message from the OA Director (High Performance) Mike Dowling announces the appointment of a new National Junior Coach or in this case ‘Co-Coaches, for 2006 and 2007. Gareth Candy and Grant Bluett from the ACT have applied to take on the position jointly for the next 2 years. While Grant and Gareth intend to lead the Junior squad/team … Read More

ACT long distance championships 2005, Ballinifad Creek

Jo Allison from the Canberra Cockatoos and Eric Morris from the NSW Stingers dominated the ACT Championships as Orienteering was welcomed back to the Captains Flat area for the first time in several years. Competitors were challenged by classic spur-gully terrain, course setters Ann and John Scown made great use of the map, setting difficult route-choices on long legs and … Read More

Victorian long distance championships 2005, Barambogie North

It was a day for firsts at the Victorian long distance championships, with Danielle Winslow and Blair Trewin both claiming their first wins in the event at elite level. Trewin’s win, in particular, was the kind of drought breaker that the professional meteorologist can usually only dream about. Not since 1987 has he been able to proudly hold aloft the … Read More

Orienteering Australia’s Review of its Activities

Needing to drastically reduce its annual expenditure following severe cuts in government funding, Orienteering Australia has just completed a thorough review of its activities in order to establish new priorities for funding. The state associations and interested orienteers prepared and shared input papers, which were subsequently addressed by a meeting involving one orienteering administrator from each state. The process has … Read More

Australian men’s team 7th, women’s team DNF at MTBO WOC

Men 1 Finland 179.14 (Timo Sarkkinen 61.53, Mika Tervala 58.46, Jussi Mäkilä 58.35) 2 France 182.55 (Matthieu Barthelem62.15, Stéphane Toussaint, 58.14, Jérémie Gillmann 62.26) 3 Switzerland 184.17 (Beat Schaffner 61.58, Simon Seger 61.18, Rémy Jabas 61.01) 7 Australia 194.46 (Anthony Darr 73.19 Alex Randall 61.50, Adrian Jackson 59.37) Women 1 Germany 158.52 (Anke Dannowski 48.10, Gerit Pfuhl 57.05, Antje Bornhak … Read More

Adrian Jackson third, Anna Sheldon 8th in long distance final at MTBO WOC2005


Men 1. Ruslan Gritsan (Russia) 117:27 2. Viktor Korchagin  (Russia) 119:06 3. Adrian Jackson (Australia) 119:10 14. Alex Randall (Australia) 127:37 49. Darryl Taylor (New Zealand) 154:54 Women 1. Paivi Tommola (Finland) 94:31 2. Antje Bornhak  (Germany) 95:14 3. Anke Dannowski (Germany) 96:20 8. Anna Sheldon (Australia) 99:17 15. Mary Fien (Australia) 105:29 42. Marquita Gelderman (New Zealand) 127:28 DSQ … Read More

MTBO WOC Middle Distance Final – Anna rides to a podium spot

The first race of the 2005 World MTBO Championships in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia produced two top 10 performances from the Australian Team in what turned out to be very tough and long middle distance races. Queenslander Anna Sheldon raced to 6th place and a spot on the podium, after starting very strongly, recording the third fastest time through the first … Read More

Tas Middle Distance Championships

The Tasmanian Middle Distance Championships resulted in wins to Lee Andrewartha in M21A and Grace Elson inW21A on a day of perfect Tasmanian spring sunshine. Held on the little used north eastern section of the Risdon brook reserve map near Hobart, the championship course setter Patrick Saile produced a very technical and challenging set of courses. The terrain consisted of … Read More

End of an Era – Grant Bluett retires

After 14 years of international competition, 7 years living and competing as an elite in Sweden, a World Games gold medal and numerous top 10 and top 20 performances the legend of Australian elite orienteering, Grant Bluett, is retiring from international competition. Grant has led the charge for Australia in international orienteering since 1991 when he finished the 1st leg … Read More