More than 300 orienteers and their families will converge on Wagga Wagga over the June long weekend for the annual Queen’s Birthday Carnival which will boost the town’s economy.
Wagga Wagga’s central location and terrific orientation ground made it an ideal choice to host the carnival, which will feature competitors from NSW, ACT and Victoria.
With some of Australia’s best orienteering courses and plenty of local attractions, athletes – aged between eight and 80 – have plenty to look forward to.
“Orienteering NSW is delighted to host this great annual NSW Orienteering Carnival,” said Robyn Pallas, President of Orienteering NSW.
“The area is blessed with beautiful terrain, plenty of accommodations and an accessible location to major population states.
“The weekend should provide a boost to orienteering in general and the tourism industry in and around the Wagga region. We have a team of experienced local and national orienteers to ensure a carnival smooth.
“We also thank the Wagga Wagga Town Council for their support in organizing this event.”
Wagga Wagga Town Mayor Councilor Dallas Tout said the council was happy to support the event and welcomed the contestants to the town.
“It’s wonderful to see state carnivals like this being held in a regional area and it’s yet another feather in the city’s hat when it comes to hosting sporting and cultural events. high level,” Cr Tout said.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase what Wagga Wagga and surrounding areas have to offer on the sporting and tourism fronts and it will have major ripple effects for local businesses that can capitalize on the visitors it brings. to our city.”
The three days of competition will test participants on a variety of terrains over different distances each day. The events are:
- Saturday June 11 – Middle distance at Murraguldrie State Forest
- Sunday, June 12 – Long Distance at Murraguldrie State Forest
- Monday, June 13 – Sprint Distance at Charles Sturt University
Waggaroos, the local orienteering club, welcomes all locals wishing to try their hand at orienteering, especially at CSU on Mondays. At each club event there are classes suitable for all abilities and fitness levels.