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A quick review of the year and a sneak-peak of what's on next year for Rogaining in NSW.

Done and Dusted - The 2023 Set List

It's been a big year ... event participation is up and there's been a few notable achievements along the way.

We kicked off with the Minigaine on a warm day in February down at Little Bay down near Randwick - it was Jordan Barta's first go at setting (and organising) an event and it attracted a record 532 participants.

Next was Steve Ryan's Metrogaine on a wet day in April and despite being a scenic romp around Manly Dam and Bantry Bay will be remembered for the blood, sweat and tears caused by our friends, the leeches.

Steve Ryan, Ted Woodley and Julian Ledger Steve Ryan (The event orgniser), Ted Woodley and Julian Ledger.

The Autumngaine took us north to Stroud and another first time setter Mat Collin giving us a run through the jungle, then Salome and Stu's Paddy Pallin at Currambene, south of Nowra, reminded us that diamonds are forever with a special 60 th anniversary appearance and after-dinner talks and reminiscences with Robert Pallin and our own Julian Ledger.

The Nightgaine was at South Turramurra and was brought to us once more by Tristan White. True to form, he pulled a few sneaky night-moves with an embedded orienteering challenge for a quick 200 points if you got the lot.

Our old favourite Lake Macquarie from the Newcastle crew under Rob Vincent's guidance had a bit of a tart-up with a fresh new map by Hamish Mackie. The traditional favourites – Lawyer Vine and thick, off-track nav were still there in abundance, so the essence of the event was in the air that night.

The main event for the year .. the Australian Championships at Goobang National Park was set by the formidable team David Williams and Ronnie Taib, expertly managed by previous President Trev and a band on the run of willing volunteers. The bush was thick and the competition fierce, but NSW (and ACT... but they are really in NSW) taking out the Interstate Challenge.

The Werakata Surprise rogaine by Anita & Bert indeed took us by surprise and proved that there was more than Lawyer Vine on offer up that neck of the woods.

The Rogaine year was capped off with Ted Woodley's Socialgaine , the penultimate Lane Cove Rivergaine V. Cries of ‘take me to the river' went unheeded as we took in million-dollar views of Sydney Harbour and the lower north shire real-estate. Ted threw in a few of his renowned bonus-point twists, adding a few route-planning brain-teasers into the challenge.

Add Navshield and a bunch of ACT Rogaines into the mix and we've had a pretty good selection of events this year in NSW.

Strategic Review and Plan

Strategic Planning Group

On a hot afternoon in early December, 20 luminaries of our sport had a strategy session aimed at building a Strategic Plan for Rogaining in NSW for the next few years. The group captured a cross section of experience and ages and sought to explore the reasons that we are bound to this sport and how we should be adapting to the changing social and recreational landscape.

There were lots of fruitful discussions and the themes that are emerging from the analysis of the day include:

We'll pull all the threads together into a coherent Strategic Plan over the next few weeks and throw it out to wider audience for review and discussion before its finalised.

This is not just a Committee exercise – all members can have a say on the final plan.

During the Summer

You don't have to completely veg out once the weather gets a bit warmer and there's no real Rogaines about. Aside from the plethora of MapRun events available that recreate some of the great past events, we've added a one-off MapRun LCRV Challenge.

MapRun page on NSW Rogaining

We've set up a 2hr Maprun Event utilising Ted's latest Lane Cove Rivergaine V course.

Check out the MapRun page for more details.

If that's not enough, the Sydney Summer Series Orienteering offers a great way to bone up on your route planning skills, keep your brain and body fitness up and have a run or walk in the cool afternoon.

Check out the SSS Page here for all the details.

What's planned for 2024

Planning is well under way for many of the events in the first half of 2024.

A recent volunteers picnic The 2019 volunteer's picinic

Join a bushwalking club!

If you love exploring new places you'll discover more, learn more, and meet more people with a bushwalking/hiking club! Bushwalking NSW has affiliated clubs located across NSW & ACT and get out hiking/bushwalking, cycling, paddling, canyoning and cross-country skiing all year round. Club members are friendly and have a tonne of knowledge and experience to share. Check out the clubs near you on our map or contact Bushwalking NSW for guidance.

Robyn at Bantry Bay

2023 Year End Quiz

Many contestants have braved their skills by completing the Rogaining Year End Quiz. One bright navigator got 100% but the average has been around 14 or 15 answers correct out of 20.

Can you do better? Enter today! Try it Here:

Go west for the Championships

What better excuse to make a visit to Western Australia than for the 2024 Australian Rogaining Championships on 7/8 September. The details are already up on the WARA website: 2024 Australasian Rogaine Champs . All are welcome and a very social event can be expected. Bus transport from Perth airport will be available. For some of the many reasons why go to WA at this time of year including expected amazing wildflowers check out Julian Ledger's blog here: Go West for the Australian Rogaining Championships - 7/8 September 2024 - NSW Rogaining

We need you in '24

If you check out the Events Calendar for 2024, you'll see lots of 'we need you' in the mix.

'You', in the first instance, means Event Organisers and Course Setters. These are the driving force behind all events and you may have noticed that the same names and faces keep popping up year after year. A key strategy that has emerged is that we need to share and spread the expertise to new event managers through a mentoring program.

'You' in the second instance means everyone else who volunteers to bring events to fruition. Vetters, Flag Hangers, Flag Collectors, On the day helpers - there's always space for more.

Rogaining depends on Volunteers to exist. NSW is fortunate to have a strong volunteering contingent, but we need to keep this momentum rolling.

Thanks again for all your support during 2023 and looking forward to seeing you all again in 2024 for another special year of Rogaining.

Graham and all the team at the NSW Rogaining Association.

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