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U p d a t e
  • Notes from the GM
  • View from the Chair

S p o r t   
  • Junior Camp Update - we urgently need a Camp Manager and Lead Coach
  • U23 Entries close 14th October
  • Non binary inclusion 
  • Chat with Toby Scott
  • High Performance update
  • ONZ High Performance Hui
  • World Schools Selection process update

E v e n t    r e p o r t s 

M T B  o r i e n t e e r i n g 
  • NZMTBO champs entries are now open

C o m i n g   e v e n t s   
  • Tūāraki and Auckland Regional Champs 
  • Taitonga and Canterbury Regional Champs
  • Paul Prudhoe announced as Oceania SEA

O N Z   U p d a t e s   
  • President's & Club Forum
  • What is your Council up to at the moment?

L a s  t    p o i n t s 
  • WATCH:   Indoor orienteering at O-Ringen
  • MORE WATCHING :   Heidi & Scott on WUOC for Nav Chat
  • EVEN MORE WATCHING   Online workshops from Sporty
Note from the GM
In September's Compass Point we provide an update for the Junior Camp and renew our call for expressions of interest for the Camp Manager and Camp Lead Coach positions which are still to be filled. We also ask for expressions of interest for someone to input into the non-binary inclusion space. 

Overseas, our Southern Cross team has just finished competing in Australia and our Performance Leader looks at some of the standout performances as part of the September HP update.  A full report on the Australian Championships will be included in next month's edition.

Also in this edition, a great article from our Chair Peter Swanson, and editor Joolz Moore has a chat with Toby Scott who is one of NZ's six overseas-based athletes.

Christo Peters   |   ONZ General Manager
View from the chair

As Chair of a minority sport in NZ, I was interested in hearing the news about  NZ Rugby forfeiting $280k of Sport NZ funding, for failing to meet a gender diversity target of 40% women on their Board. Whilst the story about gender and inclusion is an important one, what struck me about this news was their apparent nonchalance in losing this income. To put this in context, $280K is more than double the entire Orienteering NZ operating budget (of approx $120k pa), so for our sport this would literally be game changing (excuse the pun), and allow us to invest in things we have no ability to do currently. Continue reading...

Junior Camp Update

Registration for the 2022 Junior Camp closed at the end of September and we have 71 registrations. Clubs have now been asked to confirm details supplied are correct - i.e. that participants are currently in year 9-13, are members of an orienteering club, and are running a minimum of an orange level course. Once this process has been completed (1-2 weeks), those registered will be asked to complete dietary requirements, flight/travel arrangements, and medical information. Confirmation of numbers also allows ONZ to confirm costs for the camp. 

Urgently needing Camp Manager and Lead Coach

In August we asked for expressions of interest for both the Junior Camp Manager and Lead Coach positions. To date we have not received any expressions of interest for these two essential positions so we are extending the deadline to Wednesday 19th October.  Position descriptions and details on how to express interest in these positions can be found here.

Under 23 HP camp
The Under 23 HP Camp is aimed at athletes in the 17-23 age range who have serious ambition to represent New Zealand on the international stage (e.g. JWOC, WUOC, WOC) over the next few years. It is designed to help prepare athletes physically, technically and psychologically and involves both physical and technical training as well as evening sessions which both review the days training and include discussion of relevant topics. The 2022 camp will be based at Houghton’s Bay Camp, Muriwai from 7-13 December. Those interested in attending are invited to submit applications by Friday 14 October 2022. Continue reading...
Gender diversity is an area of current discussion across sport. In considering this, we want orienteering to be a safe environment for all people to enjoy our sport. As part of taking a look at this in our own NZ context, Orienteering NZ is interested in getting in touch with people from the NZ orienteering community who identify as non-binary. We are interested in exploring any experiences in orienteering, with the intent of finding ways to make our sport as inclusive as possible to all people. If you are in a position to be part of this process we would love your input.
Toby Scott is one of six current overseas-based NZ athletes. He has lived in Germany for nearly ten years, regularly representing New Zealand at both WOC and World Cup Events.  Editor Joolz Moore chats to Toby about his training, why he moved overseas, what he misses about NZ and Australian orienteering, and what he is looking forwards to next. Read here
September High Performance update

September tends to be the quiet month as the IOF season holds its breath waiting for the final round of the World Cup and the main interest in New Zealand, for those going, is the Australian Carnival. Although there has been a very thin NZL representation in the 21E classes, special mention must go to Kaia Joergensen for winning a highly technical W21E middle distance in the gold mining terrain of Victoria, and a complete take-over of the podium by New Zealand in the W20E Australian Sprint. A few details below, with an update on plans for the next 6 months. Continue reading...

ONZ hosting a High Performance Hui over Labour Weekend

As part of the feedback processes outlined in both our High-Performance and Annual Business Plans, ONZ will be engaging with athletes and coaches to hear about what is working, any challenges, and what things could look like in the HP space. This is not a planning session and is intended to provide feedback to help guide the way ONZ delivers HP in future years.  Continue reading...

World School Sport Games selection update

Way back on the 9th July we shared our intention to select a teams for the World Schools Orienteering Championships. At that stage there was no information available despite us reaching out to the international body responsible for the event - the International Schools Federation (ISF).

Over the last two months we have continued to have dialogue with the ISF and School Sport New Zealand but still lacked enough information to select teams - i.e. events on offer and age criteria for participants. Last week we received the first World Schools 2023 bulletin via School Sport NZ continue reading...

Event review  | FISU WUOC 2022

Race analysis from the FISU WUOC events:
The World University Orienteering Championships kicked off on 17th August with the Sprint event around the town Biel/Bienne, a short funicular ride from the team base in Magglingen. For many of the athletes this was their first ever international race outside of New Zealand and Australia. This provided a chance to see how we stacked up internationally, and the opportunity to tip-up some of the more fancied European athletes. The terrain for the sprint was typical old town European style, with many fast interlinking roads, odd shaped buildings and many alleyways. It was evident that like many sprints these days, speed and route choice were going to be critical for a great result.
Ronan Lee details his sprint race and then long events are covered by both Heidi Stolberger and Dougal Shepherd. Then finally, Scott Smith delves into his middle WUOC experience here

MTBO | NZ champs entries open 

Course and grades
The NZ MTBO Champs typically includes 3 events:
  • Sprint distance - a fast, short event with about a 22 min winning time
  • Middle distance - a medium distance event with about a 45-60 min winning time
  • Long distance - a longer distance event with about a 70-110 min winning time
There are men (M) and womens' (W) grades, and specific distance/winning times vary across grades (see adjacent table).
Entries close on: Sunday 13th November 2022
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Tūāraki (Northern) Regional Champs

The Tūāraki (Northern) Regional champs, with three days of classic Woodhill in predominantly fast "white" terrain which is considere orienteering paradise!  
Maps include the northern reaches of the 2017 World Masters final Hedley Dunes map and the 2021 NZ Champs Karaka Swamp map. Much of the terrain has only been used once. Maps will be updated in mid-2022.Get your entries in soon as entries close soon on Wednesday 12 October 2022 More details on the NWOC website here 

Entries open for South Island Champs
Join us in the heart of the Mackenzie Country, for some orienteering in central South Island terrain. 
The 2022 Taitonga South Island champs will double as the 2022 Canterbury Champs and will be held on Canterbury Anniversary weekend / Canterbury Show weekend (11 - 13 November 2022).

It will consist of the following events:
Friday 11 November | Evening sprint in Geraldine -starts from 6pm
Saturday 12 November  | Middle distance at Maunders near Burkes Pass - starts from 10.30am
Saturday 13 November  |  Long distance at Tekapo - starts from 10.30am

Further event information here
Pre-entry is required for the South Island champs events. To enter head here

2023 Oceania championships | Senior event advisor accounced

The IOF have confirmed that Paul Prudhoe from NSW will be the Senior Event Adviser for the 2023 Oceania Championships. As SEA Prudhoe will focus on the elite classes but will also take on the role of national controller for all other classes.

The 2023 Oceania Orienteering Championships will determine who earns automatic qualification as regional champion for the World Orienteering Championship Long and Middle Distance events in Switzerland in July 2023.

Orienteering Tasmania hosted the Oceania Championships along with a World Cup event in January 2015. The technical terrain of Tasmania’s east coast is world class and there are two new areas to be used in the upcoming carnival.

Please click here to read Paul’s impressive orienteering Bio.

New dates | President's and club forums 

Council have decided to push back the dates of both the President and Club Forums to the following: 
  • Presidents forum – will now be hosted on Wednesday 12th October (this was originally the date for the Club Forum).
  • Club forum – will now be hosted on Thursday 24th November

ONZ | September news & updates:

What is your National Council up to at the moment?

The agenda for the Council met on 19th September included the scheduling of the HP Hui, a recent meeting with Athletics NZ, further discussion about map scales, the of future filming of the NZSS Championships, the manager's report from the WUOC and the progression of a ONZ proposal for the future scheduling of Oceania.

Against a backdrop of discussions between an Orienteering NZ club and an Athletics NZ club on working together, ONZ's GM met with Athletics NZ's Community Manager to discuss the possibility of working together. Although the discussion was very much a meet and greet, continue reading...

Last, but not totally lost - some discoveries, info for further adventures:

   W A T C H :  
Indoor orienteering
Orienteering with shoppers at Ikea – it could only happen at O-Ringen. Hungry orienteers feasted on meatballs in the Ikea cafeteria afterwards. Watch it

   M O R E   W A T C H  I N G :  

More from WUOC -  interviews with Heidi and Scott with Gene on Nav chat 
More insights from WUOC Heidi Stolberger and Scott Smith about their experiences in Switzerland. they discuss the many difficulties at the World Cup in Estonia and suggest how best to use online GPS tracking to improve your orienteering. Watch here

   E V E N    M O R E    W A T C H  I N G : 

Secondary Schools Sports online training workshops from Sporty
For sports coordinators., parents & supporters . Even more to watch here

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Happy orienteering!
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