Orienteering across the Southern Downs this weekend

ORGANISER: Simeon Burrill is one of the organisers of the orienteering weekend.
ORGANISER: Simeon Burrill is one of the organisers of the orienteering weekend. Contributed

ORIENTEERING: The Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club will be hosting a two-day event on the Southern Downs this weekend.

It is expected that up to 100 orienteers from around southeast Queensland as well as from the Northern Tablelands Club from Armidale will be participating in the events.

Many will be looking for some good practice ahead of the Australian Three-Day Championships being in Tasmania over the Easter long weekend, including five junior and senior national squad members vying for selection in this year's Australian teams.

On Saturday afternoon, there will be a sprint event at Scots PGC College in Warwick being organised by Warwick junior elite orienteer, Simeon Burrill.

This promises to be a fast and furious event with the courses set around the school buildings with the emphasis on speed as well as accurate navigation.

The Dalmoak property, east of The Summit, will be the venue for Sunday's state standard event. This property was mapped and first used for orienteering in 2000 and has been a popular venue for competitions since with its undulating, forested terrain and scattered granite which is ideal for the sport.

Organiser, Liz Bourne, said that nine courses were being offered at Sunday's event to cover all ages and levels of ability.

"Apart from the courses set for more experienced orienteers, Sunday's event will also have a short, easy course suitable for beginners and instruction on the basic map reading and navigational skills will also be available,” she said.

"Starting times for Saturday's sprint event at Scots PGC College will be from 4-5pm while Sunday's event will be open from 9-11am with directions to the property signposted off the New England Highway at The Summit.”

She said that local people who would like to find out more about the sport of orienteering were most welcome to come along and try it out at one of the weekend's events.

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