Around 800 orienteers and their families will converge on Orange over the Easter weekend for the annual Australian four-day carnival that will deliver a significant economic boost to the city.
Orange's location and terrific orienteering terrain made it an ideal choice to host this prestigious carnival - which annually acts as an Australian selection trial for the annual junior and senior world championships.
With some of the best orienteering land in Australia, and lots of local attractions, the athletes - who will range in age from eight to 90 - have plenty to look forward to. Beginners and newcomers are also welcome to attend.
"Orienteering NSW (ONSW) is excited to be hosting this major annual Australian orienteering carnival. The area is blessed with great terrain, plenty of accommodation and a location accessible to the main population states," ONSW president Robyn Pallas said.
"The weekend should be a boost to orienteering in general and the tourism industry in and around the Orange area. We have a team of experienced local and state orienteers to ensure a smooth carnival."
Orange Mayor Cr Reg Kidd said there will be a warm welcome from the Orange community.
"Orange is looking forward to hosting this event for the first time," Cr Kidd said.
... that's going to create ideal conditions for top-class athletes from across Australia.Mayor Reg Kidd on Orange's cooler climate come Easter time.
"By Easter, Orange will be turning on its distinctly cooler climate and that's going to create ideal conditions for top-class athletes from across Australia."
The four-day carnival will test participants in a variety of different terrains and over different distances on each day. Events are:
Orange's orienteering club, the Goldseekers, welcome anyone wishing to try orienteering. At each club event there are courses to suit all abilities and fitness levels.
Following on from the Easter weekend's events are more orienteering events in the area on April 7 with another sprint event in the Orange City area, and an event at Ophir Reserve on April 8.
The week-long carnival will conclude on the following weekend with the NSW Middle Distance and Long-Distance events being staged at Eugowra.
For further information about the carnival, please contact Ian Jessup (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0416 040 135), or Basil Baldwin (0497 592 104).
- Friday April 2 - "Sprint Distance" at Charles Sturt University, Orange;
- Saturday April 3 - "Middle Distance" at Noahs Ark Ridge, near Molong;
- Sunday April 4- "Long Distance" at Gumble;
- Monday June 5 - "Middle Distance" at Gumble.
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