Orienteering season here

2018 CHAMPIONS: Last season's champions Tim Ashman, Elodie Nohlmans, Elise Clem, Austin Clem, Portia Clem, Bron Saint.
2018 CHAMPIONS: Last season's champions Tim Ashman, Elodie Nohlmans, Elise Clem, Austin Clem, Portia Clem, Bron Saint.

The 2019 orienteering season commences on February 10 with a street/park event based around the Port Lincoln CBD.

The map details the area from Lincoln Hotel to Brennan’s Wharf on the coast and inland to Oxford Terrace and the railway access route.

The start/finish location will be the lawns adjacent to the yacht club.

Registrations will be available from 9.45am, with starts any time between 10 and 11am.

No matter your age or fitness level, you can enter either as an individual or in a group – orienteering is a very family friendly sport - and beginners can expect expert guidance.

The street/park series of five events, through late summer and autumn, is based around a competitor finding 20 locations, or controls, that are clearly marked on the map and described on a clue sheet.

The goal is to locate a pre-selected number of controls within 45 minutes; newcomers generally try for about 12 while the more experienced may try for all 20.

The street/park series is cleverly handicapped, making it possible for the less experienced, but no less keen and competitive, walker to find fewer controls but to end up higher on the ladder than the runners.

For street/park orienteering a compass is not necessary, but sensible recreational and sun safe clothing, good footwear, and perhaps a water bottle, will help.

Costs for street/park orienteering are low, with a family maximum being about $10. For more info about Sunday’s event contact David on 0474 187 131 or visit lincolnorienteers.com.au/

Cross-country orienteering makes its 2019 debut on the small but fascinating Louth Bay map on April 7.

Event locations for the season include Log Hut Gully in the Koppio Hills, a dash around the lakes near Kapinnie, a night event at the golf course and three days of competition around Coffin Bay in June, at which we hope to host a large contingent of orienteers from SA and interstate.

Last year’s Australian champion in three events, local orienteer Tim Ashman, will use the events as training towards his runs in the Australian three-day Championships in April and the Asian- Pacific Championships in early October.

Details of the full program of 2019 orienteering events are available on the website.