Students take healthy step in new direction with orienteering program

LEAD THE WAY: Elaine and Robert Bennett from The Goldseekers give Georgie Taberner, Justice Robinson and Makayla McEvoy from Borenore Public School a few directions. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0618orienteer9

LEAD THE WAY: Elaine and Robert Bennett from The Goldseekers give Georgie Taberner, Justice Robinson and Makayla McEvoy from Borenore Public School a few directions. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0618orienteer9

STUDENTS from Orange’s small schools took degrees and angles outdoors yesterday as they ran around Gosling Creek Reserve to increase their physical activity. 

The Orange Small Schools Association consists of Spring Terrace, Spring Hill, Nashdale, Cumnock, Borenore and Errowanbang public schools. 

The 150 students took part in different games and orienteering events created by Orange orienteering club the Goldseekers, and the Active After School Communities program. 

Active After School Communities member Beth Shea said the goal was for the students to find an alternative way to enjoy being physically active and to participate with a local community club. 

“I don’t think you can compare it to other sports, you have a map in your hand rather than a ball,” she said. 

“Orienteering is self-paced. Kids can either be competitive or take their time, allowing for all students to become involved.”

Mrs Shea said the students had learnt about maps, directions and orienteering skills at school for the past term and this was a good opportunity to apply their knowledge.

The Goldseekers will host three orienteering events in the school holidays.

Two midweek orienteering days will focus on the involvement of children and another event on a Sunday will allow for families to come along and participate together.

People interested in joining the Goldseekers or wanting more information should contact Jean Baldwin on 6366 5131.

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