Sue Healy has won both the Australian Long Distance, and Sprint Distance championships over the weekend in Canberra.
The sprint distance was held within the grounds of Canberra Grammar School and had a large contingent of spectators. The areas included a variety of close buildings and narrow passages where the competitor must rely on making quick decisions, as well as more open parkland allowing them to stretch their legs.
The long distance championships were held on a new map at Jerangle south of Captain’s Flat. The area is known for its rolling hills and farmland as well as scattered rocky outcrops.
Competing in the W80 category in both races, Sue was successful in achieving victory twice, and will now be eagerly awaiting Saturday’s Australian Middle Distance Championships at Bungendore NSW.
A number of other NE members competed over the weekend including Geoff Armstrong, Ron Frederick, and Kevin Maloney.
A Nillumbik Emus Orienteer, Rob Fell, took out the Open Men’s title at the Victorian Teachers games. Rob won the 60min score event by completing the course in just over 45min; almost 3min clear of second place.
This year’s competition was held in Ballarat and organised by Eureka Orienteers.
From Mt Clear Secondary college, competitors traversed the logged areas south of Canadian Forest and explored the newer Mt Clear estates.
Last year’s teachers’ games event was won by Robert Edmonds. Rob broke the drought after a run of 5 silver medals, in 2012.
Congratulations again to Nillumbik Emus on another successful staging of a major event. Special thanks go to Rex Niven – course setter, Don Fell – organiser, Ron Frederick -trailer haul and Tim Hatley – course adviser.
A glorious Spring day greeted organisers and the 150+ competitors on the flats of John Culvenor’s property next to Deep Creek.
Photos from the champs
Link to event routegadget