25th Anniversary of the Lake Macquarie Rogaine
Saturday 20th August 2016
Entries are open on the event page here...
This event was a controversial event within rogaining circles when it was first run in 1992. Funding for the event from the Lake Macquarie Council was used as prize money to try to attract elite competitors to our sport. In those early years, the event was dubbed “The Dash for Cash”.
Although the event no longer offers prize money, the Lake Macquarie Council kindly continues to financially support the annual event. The longevity of this event is testament to the dedication of one of NSWRA’s life members, Bert VanNetten, who has played a major role in the organisation of each and every Lake Macquarie Rogaine. Thanks Bert. Please join us for the 25th Lake Macquarie Rogaine on the Sugarloaf Range west of Newcastle on Saturday August 20th 2016.
Saturday 9 July 2016
Entries are open on the event page here...
This year's ACT metrogaine will be held at Gungahlin to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the town's official launch.
There will be plenty of choice for all from the youngest of families to the fastest of solo athletes. Get lost in the street mazes of Ngunnawal and Amaroo, admire the views from Harcourt Hill and Percival Hill, lose valuable course time in the state-of-the-art playgrounds in Casey and Franklin, ponder about the hardships of 19th century life on 'Gungaderra', or venture into the sweeping grasslands of unimpeded travel.
2016 Paddy Pallin 6 Hr Rogaine
Sun 19 June 2016
Final results on event page here...
This year the Paddy Pallin 6-hour rogaine event was centred at Catherine Hill Bay, South of Newcastle.
The 2016 Paddy Pallin was a huge success. Despite the horrible weather forecast, 88% of teams who were scheduled to compete did so. In which other sport would you get such a high participation rate in a certain down pour? According to the Norah Head pluviometer there was 27.8mm of rain during the event.
Catherine Hill Bay was beautiful in the rain and is definitely a good place to revisit on a nicer day. The bush was quite varied, for a relatively small course, and quite beautiful in parts.
The event was very well organised and everything went off without a hitch, despite the appalling weather.
The course was well set and there was a good combination of easy and difficult controls. In this event if you got a high pointer you deserved it, with the possible exception of 101 which was all about the views.
Rogaining in the News
Click here...to read an article about rogaining published 27th May 2016, in the lifestyle section of the Australian Financial Review.
Vale Eric Andrews
Orienteering and rogaining have lost a wonderful character with the recent passing of Eric. If you have been rogaining a while, then more than likely you've been out navigating on one of Eric's maps. There will be a public memorial service in Stanthorpe on Sun Jul 10. Details TBA.
It is interesting that one of Eric's army colleagues has stated 'Eric "Lobster" Andrews, ..., Army and Battalion rugby representative. There was never a better map reader.' What a fine tribute to an orienteerer and rogainer.
Course setting workshop
This is your chance to criticise the World Champs course and course setter* the day after the WRC.
When: Monday 25 July & Tuesday 26 July 2016
Where: Ross River Resort, near Alice Springs.
Who should attend? Any rogainer in Australia or internationally who is involved in course setting or vetting. Particularly those aspiring to organise: state/national, regional and international events.
Experienced coaches will lead the discussion in course setting techniques and philosophy.
There will be a mix of theory and field practical sessions to discuss rogaine course setting/vetting processes and approaches. To be delivered through a combination of larger group presentation/discussion and smaller groups for hands-on practical sessions.
An interactive and collaborative approach is planned, similar to the workshop held at the WRC in Finland last year.
All details here...
Contact: David Rowlands
* The course setter may choose to sleep in and may not actually be present at the workshop.
See Event Calendar
The event schedule has been updated with all of this year's ACT events. Please have a look at the combined NSW and ACT schedule and get to as many events as you are able.
In 2015, NSW competitors were under represented on the ACT leader boards. Let 2016 be the year that NSW competitors dominate the ACT leaders boards.
Want to enter the World Champs in 2016?
Well, you may well be able to. The event will be held right here in Central Australia! Richard Robinson has put together an information sheet for Australian and NZ rogainers who are keen to enter this event.
Mark von Huben hard at work, on Anzac day, painting our trailer
Our sport relies on volunteers, like Mark, who give their time to keep things running.
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This one was recognised by the Chris Stevenson. The Pilot is in the southern Snowy Mountains close the the Victorian border.
Chris Stevenson first ascended The Pilot in Apr 1993 as part of the YHA NSW 50 Year 'Climb 50 Peaks' celebrations.
This photo was sent in by Trevor Gollan, which proved to be quite a tough one.
Rogainers with smart phones are encouraged to install the following app on their smart phones and carry them during events.
This Emergency+ app has been developed for Australia’s Triple Zero Awareness Working Group. When activated, the app displays current GPS coordinates. This knowledge could be very useful in a variety of rescue and support situations. No mobile coverage is required to display GPS coordinates.
The app is available in the app stores for Android, Apple and Windows devices.
Triple Zero (000) is Australia's primary emergency service number and should be used if urgent emergency assistance is required from either police, fire, or ambulance services.
Australia also has two secondary emergency service numbers that only work with particular technologies:
- 112 is the GSM international standard emergency number which can only be dialled on a digital mobile phone (Some international model phones cannot dial "000").
- 106 is the text-based emergency number for people who are deaf, or who have a hearing or speech impairment. This service operates using a textphone (TTY) or a computer with modem access.
BWRS remote first aid
If you are keen to get some first aid skills, with a focus on remote area first aid, then you should check out the courses offered by the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad - they run these courses that are, by all accounts, great.
Remember too that if you have been a major volunteer at a NSWRA event then you can claim $100 towards the cost of a first-aid course - like this one - rather than getting a free event entry!