Australian orienteering pioneer Hanny Allston publishes autobiography | the lawyer

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The Tasmanian who put Australian orienteering on the map has published her autobiography. In 2006, Hobart’s Hanny Allston blazed new trails for the sport by becoming the first Australian to win a junior world title in Lithuania, then went the extra mile by winning a senior championship in Denmark. The first to win both titles in the same year and still the only non-European champion, the trailblazer went on to win the Melbourne and New Zealand marathon championships before specializing in extreme ultra-running. Since conquering the 82 kilometer Overland Track in one day aged 18, Allston has overcome many Tasmanian challenges, including Federation Peak, Frenchmans Cap and South Coast Track, before embarking on a crossing 19-day solo tour of the Pyrenees. She now runs the outdoor sports equipment store Find Your Feet in Hobart and Launceston. Finding My Feet (RRP $34.99) will be available from July 1. For full details visit: Few sports are better equipped to chart a recovery than orienteering. And Tasmania’s loyal group of orienteers have announced a return to action which includes a postponement of their national championships. Subject to COVID-19 safety procedures, Orienteering Tasmania plans to resume events from July 13, starting with the Coles Bay weekend (originally scheduled for March 28-29) on July 25-26. And while coronavirus has caused the cancellation of the 2020 Australian Orienteering Championships due to be held in St Helens from September 26 to October 4, OT is confident the event will return in 2021. The council said that he had made the cancellation call “because there remains a lot of uncertainty as to whether it will be possible to hold the championships this year”. These uncertainties include when restrictions on gatherings of more than 100 people as well as travel restrictions will be lifted, and the subsequent availability of flights. He said: “We are not in a position to delay our decision any longer in the hope that the restrictions will be lifted, as this will not allow us sufficient time to complete the planning necessary to ensure the success of the Championships.” With the support of Orienteering Australia and state associations, OT will now host the Championships from Saturday 25th September to Sunday 3rd October 2021. Those who have already registered for this year will be offered either a registration, meaning a transfer to 2021. ALSO IN SPORT Carnival director Warwick Moore said: “We hope you will celebrate orienteering with us next year when we can all take a walk in the forest to practice our sport again.” The original National Championships dates will still be used to hold a celebration of Tasmanian Orienteering. Subject to government restrictions, OT plans to hold a mini carnival in St Helens at the end of September. Coordinated by Esk Valley Orienteering Club President Chris Brown, it hopes to include a training camp as well as competitions and novelty events. Sign up for The Advocate’s sports email newsletter here


Dino J. Dotson