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14 May 2022

WHO at Wyangala

Congratulations WHO

We may not have done so well in the competition on Saturday but in terms of assistance, contribution and team work you are all on the winning team.

Thank you everyone for making the trek to Wyangala, assisting and making our State League event a success. Every contribution small and great was much appreciated

There were 189 participants on Saturday and 30 of those were WHO members, the largest number of entrants from any club. It is fantastic to see this level of participation.

I wonder when we last had this many members at an event.

Here is the team photo. WELL DONE



The WHO Team at Wyangala

The WHO Team at Wyangala

Feedback from an older member

Whilst understanding the assessing of Planners at events I would like to nominate the Organiser of our recent event for special mention. I have been involved in events for over thirty years and since the detailed planning I was exposed to in a 3 Day event many years ago I have never seen anything better until last weekend.
Our Wyangala event was planned, documented and explained so I will not mention "Climb" and "Rocks". We were promised 130,00 mentres of climb and 5 (hundred, thousand ) rocks and this was delivered.

Barry Pearce

15 May 2022

State League #6 Long Distance
at Roseberg State Forest

James Lithgow set challenging courses on our map in the less frequently used southern section of the forest.
Bennelong's Gordon Wilson oversaw the planning and organising as event controller and Jean Baldwin and her Goldseekers' team ensured that everything was set up and ran smoothly.

The WHO Team of intrepid runners repeated their great Saturday results at Wyangala with 15 WHO runners placing in their grades. The weather held off for the early runners but those who started late finished in a cooling late autumn shower.

We achieved 6 firsts: Barry Hanlon M85A, Janet Morris W80A, Belinda Kinneally  W40A, Justine de Remy de Courcelles W12A, Shay Sweeney M12A, Nerise McQuillan W35AS.

7 Seconds: Aiden McQuillan M10A, Ted Mulherin M80A, Emmanuelle Convert W45A, Vivien de Remy de Courcelles M45A, Savanna Sweeney W14A, Lee Coady  M40A, Lachlan Coady M14A.

2 Thirds: James McQuillan M40A,  Levi Coady M10A. 


State League

GoldseekersWHO logo


14 May 2022

State League #5 Middle Distance at Wyangala

With a club team of 30 plus planners, organisers and vetters we had the biggest club turnout so far this year. Quite an achievement for a location remote from our membership base. Feedback from runners was excellent. Credit goes to Course Planner Rebecca George (Big Foot), Controller Sheralee Bailey (Bennelong) and Organiser Karen Langan and team of helpers too numerous to mention.  A great job well done team!

Two thirds of our team placed in their divisions. Quite remarkable.

WHO had 9 firsts: James McQuillan M40A, Barry Hanlon M85A, George Kinneally  Open Very Easy, Jacinta Braidwood W Junior B, Justine de Remy de Courcelles W12A, Aiden McQuillan M10A, Savanna Sweeney W14A, Emmanuelle Convert    W45A, Elliott McQuillan M/W10N.

6 Seconds: Hamilton Kinneally Open Easy, Nerise McQuillan W35AS,    
Lachlan Coady M14A, Lee Coady M40A, Ted Mulherin M80A, Paul Sweeney    M45AS.

5 Third places: Belinda Kinneally W40A, Shay Sweeney M12A, Will Kay M16A,    
Levi Coady M10A, Robert Bradley M55AS.

16-19 April 2022

Easter, Kingaroy, Queensland

The 610 entries included top of the league NOL orienteers. A very competitive field for our small WHO Team to face but, nevertheless we achieved some top results overall.

Savanna Sweeney showed top performance in her class with a second in a large field (W14A). Janet Morris also 2nd (W80A). James McQuillan powered into 3rd place in a the very competitive M40A field. Elliott McQuillan demonstrated his potential with 6th place in the MW10- Novice group. Other achievers were Nerise McQuillan 6th in her class (W35AS), Seth Sweeney 6th in M18A, Aiden McQuillan 8th in MW10-Novice, Karen Langan 12th in W50A, Paul Sweeney 11th overall in the big M45AS field, and Saffron Sweeney 14th in W50A. Shay Sweeney also showed good potential but was knocked out of the overall points score with a mispunch on day 2.

Coomba Falls
Coomba Falls, Easter Day 3, for those who didn't see them on their course.
Grass Trees!

Grass trees en route

Grass tree close up

Grass tree near a control

Coomba rocks

Coomba Falls reserve

Coomba Falls

Coomba Falls

10 April 2022

State League #4,
Pine Tree, Long Distance

Struggling in the long grass slowed some of us down on day two on the Northern Tablelands map but the club team still achieved five first places (Barry Hanlon M85A, Janet Morris W80A, Emmanuelle Convert W45A, Vivien de Remy de Courcelles M45A, Will Kay M16A).

Lachlan Coady M14A , Levi Coady M10A, Lee Coady M40A and Justine de Remy de Courcelles W12A flew in at second place in their classes.

9 April 2022

State League #3,
Kooringle, Middle Distance

Your club team of 11 intrepid orienteers braved the bush in the Northern Tablelands event at Kooringle west of Armidale to take six first places (Barry Hanlon M85A, Vivien de Remy de Courselles M45A, Emmanuelle Convert W45A, Janet Morris W80A, Lachlan Coady M14A, Lee Cody M40A). Justine de Remy de Courcelles came a close second in W12A and Will Kay M16A and Levi Coady M10A made third place in their classes.

19 March 2022

The WHO team took 5 firsts in the NSW Sprint Champs at Ourimbah Campus.

Th event also counted as State League #1.

The club fronted a team of 18 in almost ideal conditions. Occasional light drizzle and wet grassed area didn't seem to slow anyone down.

WHO firsts were: James McQuillan M40A, Justine de Remy de Courcelles W12A, Lachlan Coady M14A, Deb Walsham W45AS,  Janet Morris W80A. In second place were Lee Coady M40A, Will Kay M16A and Barry Hanlon M85A. Third places in their divisions were: Levi Coady M10A, Stephen Dunlop M70A,   
Constance Valais WOpenB, Emmanuelle Convert 2nd W45A, Vivien de Remy de Courcelles M45A,
Karen Langan W50A.

Ourimbah Campus
Ourimbah Campus

20 March 2022

NSW State League #2 - Richmond Vale

Was it the end of the Big Wet?

Ideal weather conditions for the club team of 19 resulted in 6 first places in a broad range of classes from W12A to M85A.

Club firsts were: Janet Morris W80A; Barry Hanlon M85A; Martine Valais W18A; Emmanuelle Convert W45A; Justine de Remy de Courcelles W12A; and Lachlan Coady M14A. In second place was: James McQuillan M40A and third places were gained by: Levi Coady M10A, Lee Coady M40A and Nerise McQuillan W35AS.

Congratulations team.

Sydney Sprint Series Final - 13 March 2022

From our President and Event Organiser

WHO Members - Thank you for contributing to the success of the sprint event at Balcombe Heights last Sunday evening.  The event went well and we even had a "walk in" who completed the short course.

Lachie Coady set the courses. His first time setting. His courses were deceptive, confusing some experienced orienteers.  Lachie had a busy day as Sunday was also his cricket final which his team won and he did a shift on the computer learning to watch out for negative times (the clock went back 12 hours).

One of the great things of belonging to WHO is the spirit of volunteering that was once again in evidence last Sunday.  We invariably have more volunteers than tasks which means that  things get done quickly and efficiently.  For example packing up was quickly completed and we had the gear back to Steve Dunlop before dark.

When we opened the start on Sunday, Dan Smith and I looked back at a large group of WHO members gathered around the registration tent chatting.  It was a great reminder of how social our club is.  Please continue this way.

There were contributions from too many for me to name for fear of missing someone.

Thank you for your assistance - Ian Miller / James McQuillan

You can see the results here,

Balcombe Heights

The Balcombe Heights Estate, previously the William Thompson Masonic School, is one of the most historic locations in the Hills. Read a brief history of the school at: Balcombe Heights Estate (Masonic Oval).html


John Curtin Reserve

John Curtin Reserve

16 January

John Curtin Reserve, Winston Hills -
our first event for 2022.

Novice setters Anthony and Matilda Saunders, mentored by president James, set stunning courses in the challenging bush along Quarry Branch Creek.

We had over sixty competitors (56 entries including families) all of whom enjoyed meeting the challenges that Anthony and Matilda had in store for them.

Martin Mansfield dropped a flier, with an exciting description of the coming event, into local letterboxes. As a result we had more first timers turning up to experience map-navigation as a sport.

We need more club members to take up the challenge of setting courses. Have a go! Check it out with Anthony and Matilda. They will tell you it's a lot of fun and not as difficult as you may think.