Bush Orienteering Season Gets Underway

The Bush orienteering season is imminent, with the traditional season opener, the Bendigo To-Day, on this weekend.  Next weekend the Victorian Schools team, including our own highly talented juniors, is organising the first of the new Vic Autumn Series events, at Bunjil, south of Ballan.  This is a major fundraiser for the team, so give them your support by going along to the event.  Online entries close next Friday – read all about this great event here: https://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/support-the-vic-schools-team/

This is also the first event in the new Vic Autumn Series, comprising 6 events between February and June.  The series is a revamp of the former State Series/Vic Bush Series, but with some big changes.  Most notably, there are five courses to choose from, of varying length and difficulty, at each event – exactly the same as Bendigo Bush and MelbushO events.  Choose your own start time between 10am and 12 noon.  All events will be $20 to enter for adults, and $12 for juniors, so no unwelcome surprises.  Online entries for each event will remain open up until Friday at 8pm, giving you more time to get your entry in. You can also enter on the day.  And I hear there are some other new features to come, all in response to feedback by participants received over summer.

There are generous series prizes, random prizes for those who pre-enter online, and a prize for the fastest finish chute split on each course (donated by DROC) which is sure to provide excitement for spectators! There is also an inter-club competition, so we need to get DROC members out there!  Read more about the Vic Autumn Series here: https://www.vicorienteering.asn.au/orienteering-carn/vic-autumn-series-2019/

If you would like to car pool, borrow a compass or SI stick, get some coaching, or just meet up with other club members, contact me beforehand and we’ll help out.  Look out for the DROC tent and flag close to Registration; an ideal place to leave your gear while you are on your course, then compare notes, celebrate or commiserate over lunch afterwards!


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