(Apologies to anyone who received this newsletter twice.)
Find your partners, folks; it's time for the ever popular mid-winter rogaine. Entries are now open for this family-friendly event, superbly timed to get the kids out and active during the school holidays. It is on Sunday 12 July from 10am – 2pm (note the date has moved from Saturday 11 July). Enter by Monday 6 July (after that there is a $10 late fee).
The ACT government has made a generous grant, so entries are at bargain basement prices. The event is in Kowen forest, just twenty minutes drive east of Civic, with a mix of eucalypt and pine forest, and great views back to Canberra and the Brindabellas.
Don’t delay; register now!
Most of our regular admin people have either contributed to one of the recent events or will be overseas at the world rogaining championships at the time of our metrogaine. We are looking for someone to help with the pre-event administration, which involves monitoring online entries and entering any postal entries into the ACTRA system, supervising admin helpers on the event day, providing entry monies to treasurer for banking and sending results and reports to various people. We will give you the necessary computer training.
We are also looking for someone to run the navlight computer system at the event and set up the navlight tags pre-event. You will receive training and a very good user manual.
We would also greatly appreciate any other volunteer offers to help out on the day.
If you can help with any of these roles, particularly the administrator and navlight roles, please contact Wayne, the event coordinator, as soon as possible by email or ring 62884398.
Barkley, ACTRA's mascot, is missing! Or at least we aren't sure what his current adventures are. If you looking after Barkley, or have any sightings (or videos or photos) of Barkley since the Paddy Pallin event in March, can you please contact Julie. Otherwise we might have to start a search and rescue operation, and looking for a very small koala in the bush is going to be harder than a needle in a haystack, even with our navigation skills.
The navigation workshop was held in the middle of winter this year and we were blessed with beautiful fine weather, even if it was a bit crisp in the mornings! Mt Ainslie, Black Mountain and Googong Foreshore featured as the areas where we practised matching contours to ground features, bearings, attack points, catching features, relocating, and a bit of map memory and speed work to challenge the more experienced. Everyone learnt new skills or tips and tricks from our 14 fabulous coaches. A big thank you to them and also to all the participants for their enthusiasm and good humour. We hope to see lots of you out in the bush in our coming rogaines.
The ACT has been very successful over the past few years in the annual intervarsity rogaining championships. Intervarsity will be held in 2015 with the Australian Rogaining Championships, which will be held in beautiful bush in the western Blue Mountains 10-11 October. The ACT Rogaining Association will support ACT intervarsity teams, including with transport. There will be at least one univeristy team fully funded for travel and entry with selection at the ACT 24hr championships on 5-6 Sept.
While ANU representation has been strong in the past, we would encourage teams to enter from both ANU, ADFA and the University of Canberra. If you are interested, contact David Baldwin.
I would like to say a temporary farewell to two of our members, Benita Somerville and Troy Skaleskog, who are about to head overseas on a posting for three years. Benita has been a key person on our committee and has had the role of publicity officer before handing this to Jonathan in March. Benita has brightened up our website and Facebook page with lots of photos, and set up our photo galleries in Smugmug. She has been the regular writer of many items in our newsletters, produced fridge magnets, and has been our contact point for our Paddy Pallin event sponsors. One of her most colourful contributions, that she is very rightly proud of, is the fantastic artwork on our trailer. If you haven't looked, check it out at the next event. Benita kept all the committee members on their toes with her boundless energy. We wish them both all the best with their adventures and keenly await having them at a rogaine with us again.
News from New South Wales
ACT rogainers stole some of the cream at the recent NSW Paddy Pallin event at beautiful Bendalong on the NSW south coast. Julie Quinn and David Baldwin won the event outright, and Jean Douglass and Ron Simpson won the XSV category, among a range of good ACT participant results.
Next NSW events are the Navshield on 4-5 July and the Lake Macquarie 6/12 hour event on 1 August.http://nswrogaining.org
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