Previous news and announcments

Australian School Championships

Congratulations to members of the WA School team who will represent the State at the Australian School Championships, to be held here in October.

Senior Boys

Bush event at Malmalling

Sunday 6 July 2014 - starts 9.30-1.00pm.
No better place to run than the beautiful bushland in Jarrahdale State Forest.
There will be many courses of varing length and navigational difficulty so there is a course suitable for everyone.  Experienced orienteers, noticeable in their fluoro orange vests, will be on hand to help newcomers and those a bit rusty with their navigational skills.
Bring a picnic lunch and catch


Black Swan Island NavDash

This Saturday June 28 orienteering returns to the short format with a NavDash event around the urban and parkland area of Black Swan Island.  Come and enjoy the scenic island with plenty of nooks and crannies to discover and maybe the occasional swan!

This year the long and short course will cover two completely different areas with the short (~2km) on the island itself and the long (~3km) through the residential streets and parkland of Ascot Waters so you can run


Successful School Championships

The 2015 WA School Orienteering Championships will be held on Wednesday 17th June, 2015. The venue will be announced soon.

1000 students enjoyed the Be Active 2014 WA School Orienteering Champs at Whiteman Park.

Oustanding performances included 6 minute wins by Joel McMullen (La Salle College) and Jo-anna Maynard (Duncraig SHS) in Boys and Girls 15A, and


West Aussies Perform at National MTBO Champs

Several OWA members travelled to Alice Springs to compete in 3 days of mountain bike orienteering last weekend. By all accounts the courses were tough but enjoyable, on well maintained tracks in scenic outback locations. Congratulations to our best performer, Duncan Sullivan, who came 1st in the Long and 2nd in the Sprint distance in Men 50. Full results

NavDash: Black Swan Island Ascot

Saturday 28 June 2014  
Courses are set to Sprint Orienteering standards –easy navigation but fast decision-making required if you want to run at speed.  Or just amble around and enjoy views of the Swan River if you’re not in a hurry.
 Bring: Sportident card (can be hired), map bag if you sweat a lot or if rain is forecast.
Other: A briefing for beginners will be conducted at 1.30pm.
Black Swan Island is accessed via Tidewater


Junior Camp

Each July, OWA holds a Junior Camp to help prepare juniors for championships events, including the national Schools Cahmpionships.

For more information about this years' junior camp, contact the OWA Coaching Convenor.



Natasha Sparg wins Qld MTBO Champs

The Queensland Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs were held on the weekend of May 10-11 and a small contingent of West Aussies travelled over to the town of Stanthorpe to compete.  With a middle and long distance event, combined times determined the overall result and after the two days of racing, WA's Natasha Sparg prevailed to take out the Womens Open title and become the Queensland State Champion.  In the Mens Open, Ricky Thackray persisted through his recent injury slump to


Bush event at Jumbuck Hill, Walyunga National Park

Sunday 22 June. Start times 9.30am - 11.30am. Courses close 1.00pm.
Jumbuck Hill is part of the Walyunga National Park, Upper Swan and being close to the city is very easy to access via the Great Northern Highway.
There will be a range of courses to suit people of all degrees of fitness and abilities. Expert orienteers, dressed in bright orange fluoro vests will be on hand to help new or inexperienced orienteers.
Bring a


Part time Admin & Communication Officer wanted

 The Job Orienteering Western Australia is seeking a self-motivated person to play a pivotal role in assisting in the varied administration requirements of the sport. Your key focus will be enquiries management, membership administration, and assisting Committee members as required with promotion and marketing, website currency, financial management, and correspondence and reporting.

Albany Street orienteering

Fantastic turnout for first ever orienteering event in Albany
Street orienteering came to Albany on Saturday 24 May, with almost 80 locals enjoying the physical and navigational challenge, including several school groups.  With a high level of interest and enthusiasm, Albany is on track to form its own Orienteering Club this year. More information from This email address is being


Mountain Bike Orienteering at Kangaroo Gully

Sunday 8 June. Start times 9.30am - 11.30am. Courses close 1.00pm.
A great navigational challenge for people who like to get on their bikes and get off the road this Sunday at Kangaroo Valley. This map is in bushland not far from the Brookton Hwy at the back of Karragullen.
There will be 4 courses: Very short – 6km; Short – 10km; Medium – 21km and Long – 29km, so something available for every level of fitness.


Orienteering at Malmalling this Sunday

Sunday 1 June. Start times 9.30am - 11.30am. Courses close 1.00pm.
Malmalling is in the heart of perfect orienteering countryside where there is an abundance of interesting features and it is an absolute joy to run. Located not far off the Great Eastern Highway between Sawyers Valley and The Lakes, it is easy to get to and is relatively close to the city.
There will be a full range of courses including courses with navigation


Hill Park Dale event

Sunday 18 May. Start times 9.30am - 11.30am. Courses close 1.00pm.
The Hill Park Dale map is noted for its beautiful rolling hills, complex granite outcrops, remnant bush land and fantastic orienteering. Previous national events have been run on this map and received positive reviews all around.
Set on farmland with large tracts of natural bush, it can be accessed from the Brookton Hwy off the Beverley-West Dale Rd.


John Forrest National Park event

Sunday 11 May 2014 - starts 9.30-11.30am; courses close at 1.00pm.
Enjoy orienteering this weekend at John Forrest National Park. Plenty of features on the map, wonderful views and close to the city. The longer course will be a hybrid of bush and street navigation, perfect for stretching the brain and the legs.
There will be 4 courses of varying length and navigational difficulty so there is a course suitable for everyone.


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