A Day of Orienteering in Dorrigo- Set To Become An Annual Event

By Vivian Hoskins

Orienteering has made its first appearance at Dorrigo in more than 130 years with 100 competitors battling humidity a trickle under 100 per cent.  And as the smiles on the faces of the ‘best dressed prizewinners’ (above L-R) Mahi Fard, Angus Tosh, Amanda Jones and Bri Parberry can attest, the climate certainly didn’t quell any of the enthusiasm.

Four young competitors from Dorrigo. (L-R) Zoe Beckett, Holly Shaw, Ivy Churchill and Elyshia Clarkson

The first-time-for-Dorrigo experience drew hardened competitors from across north eastern NSW as well as first timers from the Plateau.  It was a joint project by Dorrigo Show Society, Bush ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club and Northern Tablelands Orienteering Club.

Orienteering is a group of sports that require navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain whilst moving at speed.  Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points.

Saturday’s outing involved teams and individuals spending an hour (or more!!), collecting points by locating a possible 20 control stations. Their speed was up to individual fitness and experience and varied from slow walks to full-on running.

Organisers seem to believe that orienteering in Dorrigo will be a smash hit. They have already donated an inaugural president’s perpetual trophy (for local teams), strongly suggesting this will become a permanent annual event.

Over-all winner, Sam Woolford from Bush ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club, Coffs Harbour.

Coffs Harbour athlete, Sam Woolford, was the overall winner while Dorrigo’s Paul Woodhouse, won the novice section which attracted a large number of entries from plateau residents.

The president’s perpetual trophy went to Jade Cochran, Logan Cochran, and Lewis Taylor of Cochran & Co.

President of Dorrigo Show Society, Sally Duckett, described the afternoon’s activity as “highly successful” and “likely to become an annual feature for the town”.

“Visitors and locals had a very enjoyable time,” she said.

Competitors varied in age from junior primary students to octogenarians.



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