Taupō Orienteering 2022 season opens with Rogaine

Race to the first check during Big Rogaine Day Out on July 6, 2022. Photo / Taupō Orienteering Club

The orienteering season starts this weekend.

Taupo Orienteering Club President Lyndon Haugh said preparation for the start of the season saw eight schools take part in orienteering training sessions during the second term.

The grand finale was a one-day rogaine event held at Spa Park on July 6th.

“It is clear from the results that many students improved their orienteering skills and teamwork, with very fast times in both Grades 5/6 and 7/8,” Lyndon said.

This is the second year that orienteering education courses have been organized in elementary and middle schools. Lyndon says the comments show there is continued interest in orienteering in schools. He says the Taupō Orienteering Club was fortunate to have Olivia McLeod providing training last year, with Katey Coubrough taking on the training role at the school this year. He says they also have organizational and financial support from the Taupo Sports Advisory Council.

Lyndon says the club is holding a series of late winter/spring events at different locations around the city of Taupō.

Participants download an app on their smartphone and events can be done by bike or on foot.

There will be four events on August 14, August 28, September 11 and September 25. He says attendees can choose to take an event course at any time up to two weeks after the original event date.

Each event features a number of family-friendly routes so they can explore parts of the city, parks and reserves they may never have been. Lyndon says the classes are designed to be done for fun, and also for avid rogainers who want some boating training.

Further information on the courses and how to enter and obtain maps can be found on the club website at www.taupoorienteering.nz or by emailing [email protected]

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Dino J. Dotson