Bush ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club results from a day in Bom Bom State Forest – News Of The Area

Members of the Bush ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club in Bom Bom State Forest.

The BUSH ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club kicked off its winter season with a successful event at Bom Bom State Forest earlier in May.

Event organizer Bruce Meder said: “It was great to be back in the bush orienteering.

“The forest was harder to navigate than usual after being largely closed and unused for over a year due to fire, COVID and flooding.”

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Around 30 orienteers enjoyed the stimulating mix of routes, exploring the trails and the forest with the help of a map and compass.

On the long and difficult course, Sam Woolford of Coffs Harbor came home with victory over his brother Oscar (2nd), while Keelan Birch (3rd) of Woolgoolga also performed well.

The short hard course was won by Jamie Woolford ahead of Dorrigo’s Bob and Jenny Hawkins.

The moderate course was won by Julie Irvine of Grafton, while Ian Warlters of Yamba managed to pass Rhys Irvine for 2nd place.

Sawtell’s Fiona Lane made short work of the easy course, which was also enjoyed by families new to orienteering.

Helen O’Callaghan told News Of The Area: “Orienteering is such a great sport because your mind is busy and challenged at the same time as your body.

“It’s fantastic for our family because all six of us can race at the same time and place, but still ride a course that suits our experience or age group.

“Another thing I love is that we’re out in nature, learning and practicing real-world skills.

“All events have classes tailored for newcomers.”

The next Bush ‘n’ Beach Orienteering Club event is June 6 at Boambee Beach Dunes and all are welcome to attend.

Check the club’s Facebook page and website https://bboc.asn.au/ for more information.

By Andrea FERRARI

A map and a compass, two essentials for orienteering.

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