Toowoomba Grammar School

Sandy Mathies

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Armchair Orienteering

Hello Gents

In the great sport of orienteering, all moderate and hard courses use international symbols for control descriptions rather than English (or another language). See attached.

The link below will gives you some armchair orienteering opportunities thanks to Scottish Orienteering – in some of the puzzles, you will use international symbols.

Control Descriptions explained


Best wishes

Mrs Nottle

Orienteering: Bush Orienteering this Sunday – entries close Wednesday night

Dear Gents

The first Bush OY event is being run by Boulder Bounders (the Warwick club). Details below. NOTE: Pre-enter and Pre-pay only by WEDNESDAY night. Note – if you would like to enter this event and have any difficulties registering through Eventor, let me know. You should pay member fees as TGS is a member of Queensland Orienteering.

Best wishes
Mrs Nottle

Orienteering this Sunday at TSHS

Hello gents
Well done to those who participated in the OY at Gatton last Sunday, particularly Cas as this was his first OY event. And I will say, I am very impressed with the Schubert’s who managed to run Peak to Park prior to coming to Gatton.

There is one more sprint before we get into the bush season – Toowoomba SHS, Stuart St on Sunday 8 March. Starts from 3.30pm. Parking is in Stuart St, with a couple of parks inside (turn right after going in the gate).

Event – Toowoomba SHS
Organiser – Range Runners Orienteering Club
State – Orienteering Queensland
Date – Sunday 8 March 2020 at 15:30 EST
Event classification – Club event
Race distance – sprint
Punching system – Sportident
Class information – Very Easy 1km, Easy 1.3km, Short 1.8km, Long 2.5km

Enter online – – or email me and I will do it for you. Remember that all TGS students are members of O! and should pay member rates.

Best wishes
Mrs Nottle

Orienteering: Sunday, 1 March 2020 – UQ Gatton

The event this Sunday is at UQ Gatton. It is Orienteering Queensland’s first OY event for the year.

Queensland conducts an annual Orienteer of the Year (OY) competition for members with nine to eleven designated events held during the year where competitors can gain points from their performances, with their best five results counting towards an overall total. These events aim to be conducted to a high technical standard and are generally held on maps that offer competitive challenges. A handicap system operates to establish the best results across all courses, ages and sex. There is a formula which has weighting for all of these factors, which is applied to a competitor’s time to give them points out of a possible 200, depending on how far behind the winner they are. Competitors can choose to do any course they wish to depending on their level of fitness and ability at the time of the event.

If you are happy to travel to Gatton, it is a great event. There will be a lot more competitors and the entry fee is slightly higher. OY events must always be pre-entered. If you plan on attending, you will need to create an Eventor account and register. Year 7 boys should enter the Easy or Very Easy course. Older boys who don’t have experience should enter Moderate. Go here for the link to registration.
Registrations close Thursday 27 February 2020 at 23:59 EST.

Sunday 01st Mar 2020 09:00 – 09:00 EST
Local event
Hard 1-3.5km, Hard 2-2.5km, Hard 3-1.5km, Moderate-2.5km, Easy-1.5km, Very Easy-1km
Punching system
Event form
Entries opened
QLD Cyclones

Best wishes

Orienteering – Valuable learnings from the Glennie event



Dear Gents
Read below some great coaching tips from Felicity. Maps are attached.
Best wishes
Mrs Nottle

Hi RROC members
Even if you didn’t get to run on Ellie’s great courses at Glennie yesterday, there are some valuable tips relevant for everyone. There is so much to know in this great sport, it is good to have the opportunity to learn little bits at a time, and at local club events where you don’t actually get disqualified or punished in any way! 

The first thing you need to know is that if you arrive at a sprint event via any way other than the advertised entry, you are at risk of disqualification. This is because the organisers will have worked out a way to get you to the assembly area that limits the area of the map which you are able to see before you do your course, in keeping with the rule of fairness for everyone. Glennie was extremely crowded due to the booking of their indoor sports centre, making it even harder to find the assembly area if you didn’t enter via the advertised gate which had signs up.

Different types of starts – Ellie presented a great example of a ‘hidden’ start triangle. In big competitions, the start triangle should be hidden from view of where you pick up your map. This is so you can’t watch the person in front of you run off, giving you an advantage as to which direction to go first. There is so much to take in when you first pick up your map, it is a real advantage if you are able to watch which way the person in front of you goes, and just start running in that direction as you study your map.

The long course had a map change. In this case, it was inside the plastic bag and you just had to flip it over at control 10. Sometimes a map change will require placing your used map in a box, and taking a new map from another box. There may be a taped route marked showing how and where this will happen.

Lots of great route choices in these courses for some armchair training – watch for those uncrossable items! 


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