Junior Events and Activities

NSW Junior Awards

The NSW Junior Awards are awarded annually for regular participation in orienteering events. Points are awarded on the following basis:

  • Participation in a club or association training event = 2 points
  • Participation in a school event = 2 points
  • Participation in a club or minor event (eg. CATI, Summer Series or MetroLeague Events) = 5 points
  • Participation in a major event (eg. State League Events, Easter Carnival, State or Australian Champs) = 10 points

The awards given are:

  • Waratah Award - 100 points
  • Banksia Award - 75 points
  • Wattle Award - 50 points

Local Events

All Clubs conduct local events that are suitable for juniors.  These events are mostly listed on the events page.  It's best however to get in touch with your local club and club members will be able to help you get started.  A full listing of NSW clubs is included under the Clubs tab.

Some clubs also conduct regional school championships so watch out for these.

In the Sydney metropolitan area there is an inter-school Series that is a great introduction to competitive orienteering.  Further details are included under the Schools tab of this website.

NSW State League and NSW Schools Championship

The NSW State League competition includes Junior age classes ranging from under 10s through to under 20s. There are normally 10-13 State League events held each year where individuals from across the State compete against each other.  One of these State League events will be designated as the NSW Schools Championships each year.

Junior age classes at NSW State League Events include:

Course Standard
M/W-10N Novice class for both boys and girls aged 10 and under. Non- competitive. Parents may 'shadow' the competitor and/or provide assistance. Blue /Very Easy
M-10A, W-10A Boys and girls aged 10 and under. Blue/Very Easy
M-12A, W-12A Ages 12 and under. Green/Easy
M-14A, W-14A
Ages 14 and under.
M-16A, W-16A Ages 16 and under. Red/Hard
M-18A, W-18A Ages 18 and under. Red/Hard
M-20A, W-20A
Ages 20 and under.

All age classes are based on ages at the end of the current calendar year. Open B (Moderate standard) and Open C (Easy standard) classes are also available and may be suitable for newcomers in the older junior age groups who want to improve their navigation before moving up to an A course.

The NSW Championships and Australian Championships also include a range of Junior age classes.

Junior Representative Program

There is a junior representative program which includes:

Australian Schools Championships

A NSW Schools Team is selected annually to represent NSW at the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships. For further details, see the Schools pages.

SILVA Junior National Orienteering League

The SILVA National Orienteering League (NOL) is Australia's premier orienteering competition, normally consisting of 14-18 events throughout the year. Selected junior orienteers may compete for NSW in the Junior Division of the National Orienteering League. Points are awarded at each event in the Junior Men's and Junior Women's individual and state-based teams competitions.

Australia - New Zealand Challenge

The Australia-New Zealand Challenge is a competition between Australian and New Zealand national teams, held at the Oceania Championships in age groups ranging from Juniors to Masters. Junior age classes include M/W-16, M/W-18 and M/W-20.

Junior World Orienteering Championships

The Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) are held each year. Selection in the Australian JWOC team is highly competitive and has in recent years been primarily based on the results of nominated Junior NOL races. The 2007 Junior World Orienteering Championships was held in Dubbo, NSW.

Training Squads

NSW Junior Squad

Membership of the NSW Junior Squad is offered to promising junior orienteers aged 15-19 and aims to assist them in improving their competitive ability, training habits and sportsmanship. There are training camps, regular Squad newsletters with advice on training and competition and other opportunities for group or individual coaching.

National Junior Squad

The National Junior Squad is selected in October each year based on performances in Major events over the previous 12 months, and consists of approximately 16 junior orienteers who intend to compete in M/W17-20E in NOL races and Championship events during the following year. The National Junior Development Squad consists of approximately a further 10 junior orienteers who are to compete in M/W-16A, or the first year of M/W17-20E in the following year.


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