State grant helps orienteers find their way

ORIENTEERING Tasmania played host to a coaching camp for juniors throughout the Easter holiday thanks to an $18,000 grant from the Sport and Recreation Tasmania’s 2016 State Grants Program.

Aimed at promoting the sport in school-aged children, the camp allowed beginner orienteers to gain confidence in navigating through the bush, as well as allow the more experienced participants to further hone their orienteering skills.

Speaker for the House of Assembly Elise Archer was invited to participate in one of the Orienteering Tasmania Twilight Series events, held across the greater Hobart area.

Ms Archer said it allowed her to see firsthand the benefits the grant funding was delivering.

“I had a great time getting just a small taster of the fun of orienteering,” she said.

“Tasmania’s beautiful natural environment is ideal for orienteering and I am pleased that the State Government has been able to support Orienteering Tasmania in delivering this program for everyone.”

The State Grants Program has also allowed for the creation and updating of maps, as well as the development of a marketing plan to allow Orienteering Tasmania to more easily communicate with both current and potential participants.

Ms Archer said the future of orienteering in Tasmania looked bright.

“More and more people are participating in outdoor activities and being attracted to active pursuits such as orienteering,” she said.

“Finding time in our busy schedules to engage in physical activity is essential for our health and wellbeing and I thank Orienteering Tasmania for making participation both possible and fun.”

For more information about orienteering, visit www.tasorienteering.asn.au.

Caption : Speaker for the House of Assembly Elise Archer MP, left, with Orienteering Tasmania director of development, Mike Caldar.

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