THE adventure sport of orienteering is coming to Singleton this month - and it’s free.
The three free taster events will be conducted in streets, parks and reserves.
They require only basic navigation and are suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.
“If you can walk to the corner shop, you can do it,” Orienteering NSW marketing and communications officer Ian Jessup said.
“Orienteering appeals to anyone who enjoys exercise and being outdoors, and is a great way to discover new places.
“Bushwalkers, trail runners, adventure racers, athletes, families – come along and give it a go.
“Children will love the electronic timing and scoring (there is a $10 fully-refundable deposit for timing stick hire).”
The weekend program is:
Friday, October 27: Rose Point Park netball courts, Rose Point Road. Start any time between 4-6pm. This event is designed for ages 8-14, but all ages are welcome to try it;
Saturday, October 28: Alroy Park, Blaxland Avenue. Start any time between 3-5pm. All ages; and
Sunday, October 29: Nowlan Park, Gardner Circuit. Start any time between 9.30-11.30am. All ages.
The local contact number over the weekend is 0432 153 893.
“Using the specially-prepared map, participants will have 45 minutes to visit as many checkpoints (called controls) as they can,” Mr Jessup said.
“The controls can be worth different amounts, so good planning will maximise your score.
“Take the family – or go on your own.
“You also choose where you go and how fast or how slow you go.
“The free weekends are part of Orienteering NSW’s aim to expand its club network into regional NSW and have been made possible thanks to funding from the Australian Sports Commission.
“Each event will also be a good opportunity for participants to chat with the organisers about orienteering and express interest in joining/running a new club.
“Any prospective organisation would receive mentoring from Orienteering NSW (ONSW) including administrative support, equipment, mapping and set-up costs.”
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