Orienteering Championships set course for Nelson

Zefa Fa'avae will compete in the 2022 New Zealand Orienteering Championships over Easter.

Nelson Orienteering Club

Zefa Fa’avae will compete in the 2022 New Zealand Orienteering Championships over Easter.

The National Orienteering Championships will be held in Nelson at Easter this year.

The Nelson Orienteering Club will host the 50th Annual Orienteering Championships from April 15-18, with 400 people from across the country expected to attend.

Nelson’s adventure sport champion, Nathan Fa’avae, leads the four-day event, held on multiple courses throughout the region.

Fa’avae said he hoped the championships would showcase the leisure and outdoor activity paradise that the Nelson/Tasman region is known for.

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Orienteering challenges players to read maps and improve their physical condition.  (File photo.)

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Orienteering challenges players to read maps and improve their physical condition. (File photo.)

In 2021, Fa’avae’s son, Zefa Fa’avae, won the Under-20 Elite Long Course at the National Orienteering Championships at Woodhill Forest, North Auckland.

Fa’avae senior was part of the Avaya Champion Team that retained their GODZone Adventure Race title with victory in the grueling 710 kilometer event this month, along with teammates Stu Lynch, Sophie Hart and Chris Forne.

At the championships, the sprint course will take place at Nelson College, the medium and long courses at Canaan Downs during the relay event at Moturoa/Rabbit Island.

Nelson Orienteering Club president Matt Ogden said orienteering was a strategic sport, which saw participants follow a set course between checkpoints, marked with orange and white flags.

Players must use their map reading skills to choose the best route and navigate between checkpoints as quickly as possible.

The national championships have been the showpiece event for many orienteers, with national team spots up for grabs for elite athletes.

However, people of all ages and sporting abilities can participate in this sport.

“It’s a family-oriented sport, centered around getting people outdoors and into the beautiful landscapes we have access to.

“Whether you’re an experienced hiker, competitive runner, or just a family or group looking for a park activity, this sport helps you improve your navigation every time with highly detailed maps.”

Registration closes Sunday, March 27 at midnight and can be completed through the Nelson Orienteering Club website. The championships take place from Friday April 15 to Monday April 18.

Dino J. Dotson