Orienteering Australia's High Performance Program and Athlete Development Pathway covers the elite junior, senior and mountain bike activities in Australia.

The High Performance and Athlete Development Pathway Strategic Plan 2014-2018 encompasses all levels of the sport from beginners through elite orienteers excelling at the World Orienteering Championships. See HP and Athlete Development Pathway Strategic Plan 2014-2018 

National Teams/Squads

National League

  • Boomerangs - Australia's World Championships team
  • Bushrangers - Australia's Test Match team against New Zealand.
  • Junior World Championships team
  • Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championship team
  • Competitions
  • State Teams


      Orienteering Australia congratulates the success of:

       Hanny Allston  Adrian Jackson - MTBO

      2009 World Games:Gold in Middle, Silver in Sprint.
      2006 World Champion - Sprint (WOC)
      2006 World Champion - Long, Silver in Sprint (JWOC)

      2005 Bronze in middle (JWOC)

      2010 World Champion -Sprint Distance.  Silver medal in Middle & Long Distance
      2009 World Champion- Sprint & Long Distance

      2008 World Champion - Middle  

      2006 World Number One

      2005 Bronze - Long distance
      2004 World Champion - Middle distance.  Bronze in long distance & relay.




      Grant Bluett - 2001 World Games - Gold medal in Individual event.

      Troy de Haas - 1999 JWOC - Bronze medal in long event.


      Other medallists

      2004 - Bronze in relay = Carolyn Jackson, Anna Sheldon, Mary Fien, Tom Walter, Alex Randall, (Adrian Jackson)

      2004 - Belinda Allison - Silver in Middle distance.

      2002 - Emily Viner - Silver in Long distance.


      Smartplay is a sports safety and injury prevention program. Their website has tips to reduce the risk of injury and now has a section specific to orienteering!


      ASADA Anti-doping annual updates needed.

      Thursday, 27 March 2014

      This is compulsory for:

      a) All National squad members - elite, junior, development squads, MTBO or their equivalents.
      b) All national team coaches and managers.

      c) All Australian elite & W/M20 team members - WOC, JWOC, World Games, World Cup, Bushrangers, Australian University team; Oceania W/M20 and elite teams.

      It is desirable, but not mandatory for all regular participants in NOL / NS races at elite or M/W20 level to complete the courses.  This is because anyone who participates in these races can potentially be subject to drug testing.   However, we do not wish to discourage participants who are older or relatively inexperienced from being able to race the occasional NOL / NS event.    Age group orienteers are also welcome and encouraged to do the courses.




      - Level 1 Anti-Doping Course (or Level 1 Fast Track Course-if confident of your knowledge)

      - Level 2 Anti-Doping Test

      Basically everyone must do both of these. 

      IF you have already done Level 1, then you are able to go straight to Level 2 Anti-Doping Test, which is much shorter than Level 1.

      Level 2 will need to be done annually, by Easter each year.  This revises some core knowledge but also introduces concepts which are new or changed in the past 12 months.  Optional:

      -Learning Updates.  A series of short interactive videos about current trends in anti-doping.



      These courses can be accessed via the ASADA Pure Performance Online learning system http://www.asada.gov.au/education/index.html

      Then go to E-Learning in the yellow box on the Right hand side.  

      You will need to create a log-in and password.


      WHEN?   Before Easter – April 18th



      -Education about this subject needs to be ongoing as changes occur regularly re banned substances and testing methodologies.

      -ASADA has reported a rise in “state level” athletes being sanctioned for doping rule violations and testing can occur at any level, not just in the elite.

      -It is important that all orienteers are responsible in protecting their own and Orienteering’s sporting integrity and thus we have a fair and level “playing field.”

      Then go to E-Learning in the yellow box on the Right hand side.  

      You will need to create a log-in and password.




      OA’s Anti-Doping Officer, (Nick Dent starts this role in April) simply rings the ASADA Education Officer and will receive a list of all orienteers that have completed each level.

      You do not need to forward certificates, as in past years.



      All team members of any Australian elite or junior team will be required to have completed Level 1 & 2 within 7 days of selection, or else selection will be withdrawn.

      Orienteering Australia is not going to chase people on this – it’s your responsibility as a committed athlete.



      Last year some people experienced IT issues due to some problems with the ASADA website.    I have been told that these have been rectified.

      However, for any IT related problems or with logging on etc please forward your queries to the ASADA Education Officer, Chris Butler - chris.butler@asada.gov.au
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      Updated WADA Prohibited List

      The 2014 List of Prohibited Substanc­es and Methods took effect on Janu­ary 1, 2014.

      The List – which was approved by WADA’s Executive Committee on Sep­tember 11, 2013 – can be viewed at WADA’s website or through the free iPhone application.

      The List can also be accessed us­ing other mobile devices via the mo­bile site



      Because supplement manufacturing processes can lead to their contents varying from batch to batch, ASADA cannot advise whether, at any particular time, a specific supplement, or batch of a supplement, contains prohibited substances.

      Athletes who take supplements are, therefore, at risk of committing an inadvertent anti-doping rule violation. The presence of a prohibited substance in a supplement product may result in an anti-doping rule violation, whether its use was intentional or unintentional.

      Under the World Anti-Doping Code strict liability principle, athletes are ultimately responsible for any substance found in their body, regardless of how it got there.

       Therapeutic Use Exemptions

      Athletes may at times need to use a prohibited medication to treat a legitimate medical condition.

      A Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) is an exemption that allows an athlete to use, for therapeutic purposes only, an otherwise prohibited substance or method (of administering a substance) which may be present during competition.


      Kay Haarsma

      (current anti-doping officer)


      ASADA Anti-doping annual updates needed. Thursday, 27 March 2014 As part of Orienteering Australia's aim in keeping our sport drug and doping free all national squad athletes are required to undertake annual updates via ASADA's anti-doping online education courses. These need to be completed by Easter.
      Nominations closing for JWOC Team. Monday, 3 March 2014 Nominations close for Australian JWOC team on March 9th.
      MTBO World Championship Selection Criteria & Announcement of Team Officials. Tuesday, 11 February 2014 2014 World Championship selection criteria and nomination details for MTBO WOC & JWOC. Also announcement of team officials for these teams.
      Sprint Canberra Entries Closing Soon Wednesday, 15 January 2014 Entries for Sprint Canberra closing Saturday January 18th
      Sprint Canberra is Coming! Friday, 3 January 2014
      Details of 2014 Selection Trials and High Performance Squads. Thursday, 5 December 2013 List of High Performance squads & details of selection trials for 2014 WOC, WUOC, JWOC, Bushranger teams, and 2015 World Cup.
      JUNIOR WORLDS SELECTION CRITERIA Tuesday, 29 October 2013 Summary of selection criteria for the Australian team for the Junior World Orienteering Championships (foot) for 2014.
      JWOC selection criteria for 2014 Wednesday, 16 October 2013 The selection criteria for the 2014 Australian team for the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) have been announced.
      Bushranger team announced for September tests. Friday, 13 September 2013 Announcement of Australian and New Zealand teams for the Test match races in September 2013.
      January 2014 - AUS v NZ MTBO Challenge Team Nomination Tuesday, 3 September 2013 Details of MTBO Australian Team for Aus v NZ Challenge in January 2014.
      Tom & Alex do well in MTBO long championships Sunday, 1 September 2013 Summary of 2014 MTBO long distance championships from Estonia.
      World Games Summary Wednesday, 31 July 2013 The 2013 World Games orienteering Championships were held in Cali, Colombia on August 2-4th.
      Ricky Thackray, Patrick Higgins & Marquita Gelderman win Australian MTBO Championships. Monday, 29 July 2013 Summary of 2013 Australian middle and long championships held in Queensland.
      Qualification allocations for WOC 2014. Wednesday, 17 July 2013 In 2014 the WOC program will change to include a sprint relay and to eliminate the qualification races for middle and long titles. Below are the allocation of places for 2014 based on international results.
      Australian Women 13th, Men 20th in World Champs Relay Sunday, 14 July 2013 The Australian Boomerangs had a strong finish to their World Championship campaign in the forests of northern Finland Saturday. After a storming first leg from Simon Uppill the men's team placed 20th. While the women's team finished strong to place 13th.
      Simon Uppill and Hanny Allston 33rd in Middle Final Saturday, 13 July 2013 Australia had four starters in the WOC middle final today in the Vuokatti hills. Starting near the top of Vuokatinvaara the courses had many tricky downhill legs in thick rocky forest. With many mistakes by all runners even the medalists, it provided some great entertainment for the large crowd in the arena.
      Four Australians Qualify for World Championship Middle Final! Thursday, 11 July 2013 Today in the tough Scandinavian terrain of Vuokatti, Australia got four out of six runners into the middle distance final Friday.
      Hanny Allston 22nd in WOC Long Final! Wednesday, 10 July 2013 Hanny Allston made her WOC final return, after a 4 year hiatus, in the forests of Vuokatti with a solid 22nd place in the women's WOC Long Final.
      Successful Sprint Final for Australian Boomerangs! Tuesday, 9 July 2013 Australia had three top 35 placings in the World Championship Sprint Final today in Sotkamo.
      Four Australians Qualify For World Championship Sprint Final! Monday, 8 July 2013 Four Australians Qualify For World Championship Sprint Final!