Relaunch Of The Australian
The Australian Rogaining Association plans to
relaunch the Australian University Rogaining Championship in 2007.
This event will be held annually in conjunction with the Australian
Rogaining Championships. The late Nigel Aylott (former World
Rogaining Champion and two times Australian Rogaining Champion) was
a strong supporter of intervarsity rogaining. A perpetual trophy
will be created and named in Nigel’s honour
as part of the application process for certification to Australian
University Sport (AUS), must receive pledges of in-principal support
from at least five universities from at least two different states.
As an incentive for university student groups to not only pledge,
but participate in the Championships, the travel costs of one team
from each state will be subsidised.
associations have each appointed a university liaison officer to
publicise the Championships, determine qualification for the state
funded team and ultimately select the winners of the travel bursary
The sport of rogaining has its history
strongly entwined with intervarsity competitions. In 1963 Max Corry
proposed the establishment of an intervarsity competition and in
1964 unofficial contests began between Melbourne, Monash, Adelaide
and Newcastle Universities. In 1968 David Hogg drafted the rules for
the ‘24 Hour Orienteering Contest’, so that it could become an
official intervarsity sport. This initial intervarsity event was
held in Victoria on 31 May 1969 in the Blackwood-Daylesford area. It
was the first rogaine-style event: a score course, using
orienteering markers, with similar rules to today.
Official intervarsity competitions were held from 1969 to
2000, but the event lapsed. Representatives from universities have
from time to time attempted to restart the ‘Australian University
Rogaining Championship’ but lack of funds and co-ordination amongst
the state rogaining associations has in the past stymied progress.
The current initiative has been made possible as a result of funds
provided by the Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation Inc. This
was set up following Nigel’s death in an adventure racing accident
in the United States in September 2004.
Full time university students are invited to organise teams now for
the 2007 Australian Rogaining Championships near Alice Springs 28-29
July 2007. Event details can be found at:
Also, keep checking your state rogaining newsletters
and the ARA website, www.rogaine.asn.au, for the latest details on
the intervarsity competition and travel subsidies.
University students – win a
trip to the Northern Territory!!
One lucky team from a NSW university will have their
travel expenses paid to attend this year’s Australian Rogaining
Championships in the Northern Territory in July.
Australian Rogaining Championships this year will also be the
inaugural Australian Universities Rogaining Champs for 2007.
The Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation has agreed to pay
expenses for one university team from each of the states and
territories to attend this event and also for future University
Championships. Nigel Aylott was one of Australia’s most accomplished
rogainers and endurance athlete par excellence, until his untimely
death in 2004.
To qualify for this financial support,
your team must consist of full-time students at a NSW university.
Final details of selection criteria are being worked out as this
newsletter goes to press.
Even if not selected for
this financial support, we encourage student teams from NSW to
compete in this event, and bring back a trophy!
Please contact Bob Gilbert for further information, [email protected]
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