More than 1,000 orienteers and families from around Australia, New Zealand and Europe will converge on the Central West next week for the 2017 Australian Orienteering Championships.
To be based around Hill End and Bathurst, the championships (and associated carnival) run from September 23 to October 1, with seven events in nine days.
Orienteering is a sport using a map and often a compass to run/jog/walk courses in bush, parkland or builtup areas such as university campuses.
The highlight for regular orienteers will be the new maps in Hill End.
Courses suit beginners, with experienced orienteers providing basic coaching. Details of the registration and start windows for each event can be found HERE.
More than $1 million is expected to be pumped into the local economy over the course of the championships.
The 2017 Australian orienteering carnival program:
September 23, Australian Sprint Champs – CSU, Bathurst;
September 24, Australian Middle Distance Champs – Hill End;
September 26, Australian Schools Champs and Public Race - Roseberg State Forest;
September 27, Australian Schools Sprint Champs and Public Race - All Saints College, Bathurst;
September 28, Australian Schools Relay Champs and Public Race - Vittoria State Forest;
September 30, Australian Middle Distance Champs – Hill End;
October 1 Australian Relay Champs – Hill End.