Students from across South Australia will compete in the South Australian Schools Orienteering Championships 2022, which will take place at Belair National Park on 23 May.
Many of the students are graduates of an intensive after-school program run by peak sporting body Orienteering SA to teach map reading, navigation and route choice.
Competitors will use an orienteering map to navigate through Belair's complex pathways, parks, and bushland, following a course set by former elite orienteering champion Jenny Casanova for the occasion.
Among the schools to be represented are: Adelaide Botanic High School, Stirling East, Linden Park, Unley High, Black Forest, Adelaide High, Mitcham Girls, Glenunga International, St Johns Grammar, Urrbrae High, Reynella East College, Marryatville High, Goodwood Primary, Heathfield High, Hawthorndene Primary, The Heights, Echunga Primary, Woodside, Coromandel Valley, St Martin de Porres, and St Thomas at Goodwood.
Orienteering is an international adventure sport in which competitors navigate independently through urban or bush terrain to complete a course in the shortest time possible. Competitors use a specialised map which enables them to locate a number of set control points.
The Orienteering SA Schools Program has been conducted across eight school zones so far:
- Central Adelaide
- Mitcham Hills
- North Eastern Suburbs
- Southern Suburbs
- Lower and Mid North Schools
- Stirling East
About Orienteering SA
Orienteering SA is the peak body for orienteering in South Australia, an affiliate of Orienteering Australia, the national body. Orienteering SA’s purpose is to create a strong community of lifelong orienteers, each enjoying a sense of inclusion, well-being and achievement, no matter what their age, stage of life, or fitness.
To find out more about orienteering in South Australia, including map downloads and information about DIY orienteering using the MapRun app, visit:
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