The Orienteering Australia annual conference was held last weekend at the ANU in Canberra. It was attended by 25 state association delegates, OA Board members and staff and an athlete representative (Mace Neve on Saturday, Julian Dent on Sunday).
The most substantial item on the agenda was the recently released Crawford report into sport. Recommendations in the report were workshopped and Conference made the following major decisions as a consequence:
- Fund development of a marketing plan and employment of a part-time Manager of Marketing and Development to report to the Director of Development.
- Attract more members through National and State Orienteering Day events for beginners at the start of the summer and winter season programs, by providing innovative events to market to a wider range of participants, by increased marketing to the recreational running, cycling and bush walking communities, by developing a club start up template that may be used to develop new clubs in large regional centres, and by encouraging increased participation where possible by people in the Crawford report’s nine social inclusion groups.
- Endorse an Inclusion Policy, formally recognising that orienteering is one of the most inclusive of all sports.
- Improve statistical reporting of our true full and casual membership base by encouraging all state associations to adopt the membership model which has been implemented very successfully by Orienteering Tasmania in the last 12 months.
- Strengthen our High Performance planning through identifying core tasks funded by our existing ASC and private sponsorship, and priority tasks in the High Performance Strategic Plan for future support as funding becomes available.
Blair Trewin will represent OA at a national ASC workshop on the Crawford report on 15 December and the OA Board will submit a response to the Crawford report to the Minister by 21 December.
Other major decisions of Conference included:
- The election of Robert Spry from NSW to the OA Board as Director, Special Projects.
- A major update of the national risk policy.
- Adoption of new rules on use of GPS devices for Group A events and selection trials, but encouragement of the use of GPS devices for post-race analysis for coaching, athlete development, promotion and development.
The conference noted that the Director of Development position is still vacant. If you, or someone you know, would be interested, please contact the Executive Officer or a member of the Board.