Orienteering comp to draw hundreds

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
An expecedt 500 people will come to Narrogin for the Australian championships.
Camera IconAn expecedt 500 people will come to Narrogin for the Australian championships. Credit: Orienteering WA

Narrogin will play host to two events in this year’s Australian Orienteering Championships, expecting to draw 500 people to town in April.

The Australian Sprint Orienteering Champions is set to be held at Narrogin Senior High School on April 26.

Orienteering WA expects the 3km to 4km course will draw between 40 to 50 participants in both male and female elite categories.

Foxes Lair and surrounding areas will see a similar turnout for the Australian Middle Distance Orienteering Championship — at about 6km for elite men and 5km for elite woman on April27th.

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Orienteers from Norway, Switzerland, Canada, USA, New Caledonia, Hong Kong and, of course, Australia will travel to both Perth and Narrogin for the Easter 2019 Western Australia event.

Five events are part of week-long festival, including the Wandoo Wander Dryandra just north of Narrogin on April 25 and two other events in Perth.

Orienteering is a cross-country navigation sport where participants use a map and compass to find their way around a marked course, traditionally on foot and in the bush.

Newer orienteering disciplines involve metropolitan areas, mountain biking or even skiing.

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