Orienteering club backed
ORIENTEERING New South Wales president Paul Prudhoe believes the Northern Rivers could support and run a successful club with financial support from the national governing body in the pipeline.
An injection of funds from Orienteering Australia in 2010 has ONSW looking to expand throughout northern NSW.
There are currently clubs at Armidale and on the Gold Coast and Prudhoe believes it would only take 12 people to start a club on the Northern Rivers.
"We would support the club and help get them off the ground if the interest is there," Prudhoe said.
"Ballina or Lismore would be ideal in terms of population and the surrounding terrain and local parks could be used.
"We've had some interest from the region in the past but nothing ever eventuated."
Orienteering is a great sport for all ages and involves using a map and compass to navigate from point to point.
It's a growing sport with more than 1000 members in Northern NSW clubs alone.
"It's a mental challenge and it can be as competitive as you want it to be," Prudhoe said.
"There is always a big of risk involved with exposed rock faces and being in the bush but it isn't a dangerous sport."
There is also the chance of representative honours with development squad and World Championship events often held in European countries.
"Each year Australia sends at least 12 juniors overseas and it's a wonderful opportunity," Prudhoe said.
"If we can get enough interest we'll send someone from Sydney to have a look at venues on the Northern Rivers."
Inquiries to 02 8116 9858 or www.nsw.orienteering.asn.au