National Orienteering Championships coming to Hobart

TASMANIA is set to host a national orienteering carnival this Easter.

The Easter Tasmania 2018 competition includes the Australian Three Days Championships in Hobart, followed by the Bay of Fires Three Days in St Helens.

“With more than 700 local and international orienteers expected to attend, Hobart is the ideal location for the multi-day competition,” carnival organiser Bert Elson said.

“Hobart is easy for competitors to fly into and close to the challenging terrain needed for our navigation-based adventure sport.

“There is plenty of accommodation available plus attractions for competitors and their families to visit while they are here.”

The events will take place over three-days, with participants taking part in one orienteering course each day.

While Australia’s elite juniors and masters competitors will be racing, most people will be participating as a personal challenge.

Entry is open to beginners and those new to the sport are encouraged to participate.

“The atmosphere will be like a fun run except not everyone does the same course,” Mr Elson said.

“Elites will be running more than 10-kilometres, but recreational orienteers will challenge themselves over much shorter distances and with easier navigation.

“There will even be easy courses for families of about two-kilometres following tracks and fences.”

Local participants are already receiving training from elite British orienteers Mark Purkis and Charlotte Watson.

Having competed globally, the pair are helping out at the Hobart Twilight/Schools Orienteering Series every Wednesday afternoon until Easter.

They are also conducting technical navigation training for all orienteers in parks and bushland around Hobart.

The official closing date for entries into the competition is 28 February, but participants can enrol at any time to compete in a non-championship event.

Caption: Australian junior team representative Joseph Dickenson, from Launceston, gives coaching tips on orienteering to eight-year-old Will Enkelaar, of Howrah.

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