Welcome to Orienteering in South Australia

 Orienteering in South Australian is managed by Orienteering SA and is a sport in which participants navigate to complete a course using a map & compass. Newcomers click here.Click here to read or subscribe to ENEWS  Click here to use our Mobile/Tablet Version

Twilight Series  Program  now available! Urban events to suit all ages and abilities on Friday nights with the next event at Northfield-Dry Creek. Pre entry now open and closes on Tuesday 28th November. Enter on the day also available. Note location of start change from previously advertised - see event details.

OSA Presentation Afternoon - this Sunday Nov 26th - 4:30 PM Glenuga Hub, Glenside - see details here

Updated (12 Nov) summer training program available on the  coaching and training page.  Summer technical training Wed 29th Nov - Semaphore Park (West Lakes) - 6 PM

Final Mid Week Training Day & Lunch on Wed 13th Dec at North Adelaide.






World Championships in Estonia

Monday, 17 July 2017

The WOC were held in the Tartu area of south-eastern Estonia about 2 hours drive from the capital Tallin.  The SA Schools Team coaches, Bridget Anderson and Simon Uppill, represented Australia with Bridget running the Middle Distance (Bridget was also a keen supporter of other team members as they competed) , and Simon the Sprint, Sprint Relay, Middle Distance and Forest Relay.

Robin and Adrian Uppill also attended as spectators, running in some of the public races, and Adrian also attended meetings of the IOF Mapping Commission.

The events were very well organised, with a spectator control on all courses, although for the Long Distance this was towards the end of the race.  Estonia towns have Song Centres which are outdoor stages and arenas, one of these was the start and run through for the Sprint Relay.  Relays are often the most exciting races, and this was no exception as the 3rd leg runners from Switzerland and Great Britain, and who were leading at the time, made major errors in the tricky forest area in the latter part of the course, allowing Sweden and Denmark to take the 1st and 2nd places.

Women line up in the Song Centre for the Sprint Relay

The Baltic countries are known for stork nests, with the large nests commonly atop various poles.  The assembly area for the Long Distance at Rouge featured a giant stork nest sculpture.  The long distance event covered gently undulating but marshy terrain with many major and minor tracks. Although not a detailed technical map, making the best choice of the long legs and having the strength in the terrain was the key to doing well. 

The public event covered a similar area. On the W65A course, 6 of 9 controls were on marshes, and these were generally more long ponds with a lot of water and surrounding mud.

W60 course in Estonia O Week event

The Middle Distance and Relay events used the same assembly area and spectator run through.  Many runners found the areas challenging including Bridget and Belinda Lawford, the second runner for Australia in the women’s race.  Simon had a relatively clean run, with a few minor hesitations, finishing 34th of the 82 runners.

Bridget in The Middle Distance 


Simon's route for the first part of the Middle Distance, using control 4 as a route to control 2


Again the forest relay proved to be an exciting race, as several of the fancied men’s teams made major mistakes in the tricky first 2 controls of the first leg.  Simon ran the first leg, coming through in 14th place, overall the team finished 18th.

Simon leads Estonia and France at the spectator control, men's relay.

For an analysis of how each race was run, see the World of O article here.


All GPS routes can be found in the list at this site.


Recent News
OSA Presentation Afternoon Tuesday, 28 November 2017 Held Sunday Nov 26th
Twilight Series Starts Friday 17th Nov Thursday, 9 November 2017 The first event is in North Adelaide parklands
Introducing Manu Jurado - Coach in Residence Monday, 23 October 2017 Manu Jurado from Valencia in Spain is the 2017-18 OSA Coach in Residence
SA Club Relays at Flinders University Monday, 16 October 2017 A warm sunny day provided ideal weather for the club relays on Sunday 15th October.
Australian Championships Long Distance and Relay Saturday, 30 September 2017 The second weekend of the Australian Championships will conclude with the Long Distance and he Relay
Australian Schools Championships Tuesday, 26 September 2017 Three events - Long Distance, Sprint Distance and Relays are to be held this week.
Australian Championships in NSW Thursday, 21 September 2017 The Australian Championships events are to be held from Saturday 23rd Sep to Sunday 1st Oct.
Narrinyeri by Night - and by Day! Thursday, 7 September 2017 Last OY Foot Orienteering Event for 2017!
SA Middle and Long Distance Championships Sunday, 3 September 2017 These events were both held north of Burra on 2nd and 3rd September
A Sprint and an Ultra-Long Race Sunday, 27 August 2017 Local orienteers had a 2 stage sprint event whilst the Southern Arrows competed in the NOL Ultra-Long in the ACT this weekend.
WONNA CREEK AND PARADISE Friday, 25 August 2017 The 2017 SA Middle and Long-Distance Championships, Burra, 2-3 September.
SA Schools Relay Championships Friday, 11 August 2017
Worlds End and Wirra Wirra Monday, 7 August 2017 Long OY events on contrasting weekends
World Championships in Estonia Monday, 17 July 2017 The world orienteering championships were held in Estonia from 30th June to 7th July in Estonia.