Orienteering challenge to draw crowds

HARD AT WORK: Claire Burgess, a member of the NSW All Schools Team. Picture: SUPPLIED.
HARD AT WORK: Claire Burgess, a member of the NSW All Schools Team. Picture: SUPPLIED.

More than 1000 orienteers from around Australia, New Zealand and Europe will converge on the Central West this weekend for the 2017 Australian Orienteering Championships.

To be based around Bathurst and the historic gold mining town of Hill End, the championships (and associated carnival) run from September 23 to October 1, with seven events in nine days.

Orienteering is a sport using a map and often a compass to run, jog or walk courses in bush, parkland or built-up areas such as university campuses.

The event expects to see more than $1 million pumped into the local economy over the course of the championships. Following this, Goldseekers Orienteers club will host four ‘come and try it’ events in Bathurst on Friday evenings in October to further whet people’s orienteering appetite.