Bushfire toll rises within the orienteering community

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bushfiresTragedy strikes orienteering family for a second time

Tasmanian orienteers, Miriam and John Whittington have confirmed that John’s parents (David & Kate) who lived in Marysville have almost certainly died in the recent bushfires.  Miriam, current Orienteering Tasmania president, is the daughter of the late Irena and Dexter Palmer who also died as a result of an accident (motor vehicle) some years ago.

In Miriam’s words: “We are sad, exhausted and resigned to yet another devastating tragedy for our family… We cannot comprehend the magnitude of the tragedy but live each day in their memory and knowing how precious and short life can be.”

Orienteering loses a mountain bike rider in the fires

With regret we advise that Rob Davey has died in the Kinglake fires along with his wife and 2 children.

Rob was a regular Mountain Bike orienteer, competing in the Summer series, State League events and was enticed by Ralph Koch to make the trip to NE Victoria to Shelley to ride in the MTBO championships.  Rob was a wine merchant, so loved his wines and food and found that the riding was helping him get fitter.  Ralph had introduced him to orienteering a few years ago and they had planned to ride in the Summer Series this Saturday at Eltham.

Courtesy Peta Whitford         Further information: The Age A (photo)  The Age B

Street orienteer another victim of fires

Melbourne Northern Series competitor Carolyn O’Gorman has also been lost as the fire toll increases.  Although she had not competed in the current series, Carolyn attended previous Summer Series events performing well in the Power Walker division.

Further information: HeraldSun online 11 Feb


Many other members have been touched by this tragedy with family or friends involved.

On behalf of the Board and all the members of Orienteering Victoria we extend our heartfelt condolences to all those impacted.

Victorian Bushfire Fund – 1800 811 700
Concerned about family or friends? 1800 727 077
The Age online Condolence Book – Share your sorrow over the tragedy
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