Activities for Juniors 2023
Is your child interested in orienteering? Or are you interested in your child having a go at orienteering?
Generally orienteering is something to do with the whole family, or maybe they can tag along with their school friends, but is not a sport where you can drop your children off for a training session on a Thursday and then collect them some time later. However, we do offer some activities specifically for juniors.
There is no need to join a club or turn up to every event - though we'd love it if you did. Every event will give you a different experience. The key thing is to turn up and have a go.
WA Orienteering School Team
Juniors between the age of 12 and 19 (as at December 31) are encouraged to nominate for the Western Australian Schools team. The 2023 selection events document outlines the selection events and skill level required. Nomination form will be available soon.
For those new to this idea, being part of the team is an opportunity to travel to the Australian Orienteering Competition during the September school holidays. We stay together with all other teams including the Australian states, ACT and New Zealand competing over several days. 2023 Championships will be held in WA.
Junior Training Events
Weekly training sessions will help prepare you both physically and technically for orienteering competition.
Currently, Riley McFarlane, a OWA junior is running training sessions at various venues around Perth. It would be great if we can get a good turnout to these training sessions as building a good training group helps with motivation and makes these sessions more fun.
Further information on these and other training events can be found on SandgrOpers Facebook Page, and the OWA Enews, which provide details of weekly training sessions throughout the year. You can also contact the OWA Coaching Convenor for further information, or ask for more information at one of our events.
Junior Training Camp
2022 Annual Junior camp was held 2nd - 4th July 2022 at Camp Kerem, Bullsbrook, and an additional summer camp was held at Camp Quaranup, Albany, 20th - 23rd January 2023. The next camp is planned in for early July 2023.
The yearly training camp takes place in the July school holidays for our junior members, and is run by our accredited coaches. We provide for a wide range of orienteering abilities. The camp is suitable for young people who enjoy orienteering, want to learn more about it and have a fun time with other young people.
The camp is open to orienteers aged from 9 to 19 years who have participated in at least one bush event or NavDash event in addition to any school events. To attend the camp you need to be (or become) a member of Orienteering WA.
Contact the OWA Coaching Convenor for more information on junior camps.