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!


      World Games Summary

      Wednesday, 31 July 2013




      Sprint - Annika Billstam (SWE) was 1st.   Kathryn Preston finished 32nd, after a rushed start due to an admin error, while Kiwis Georgia Whitla (33rd) and Rachel Smith (34th) were close behind. Men's race was won by Matthais Kyburz in 14.30 with Kiwis Chris Thorne 27th in 16.08 and Tane Cambridge 28th.

      Wins to Minna Kaupi (FIN) & Matthais Kyburz (SWI) in middle. After what looked like a good run into 24th position by Kathryn Preston it was found that she had totally missed control 22.  This was a short leg with the control circle a little hidden by the water feature.  Kiwi placings: Rachel Smith 30th, Georgia Whitla 32, Chris Forne 20, Tane Cambridge 28th. The top 20 result by Chris was really impressive, as he is better known for his endurance exploits.

      Below are some insights into the Games from the NZ team, quoting from their blog: http://osquad.blogspot.co.nz/

      “Today the World Games middle distance competition was held in Rio Pance East.
      This is a park/reserve near Cali popular for swimming and walking, and includes a number of outdoor restaurants. The majority of the park is a kind of spiny bamboo jungle, containing a network of big and small tracks, along with a few buildings and fenced off areas. This offered a good selection of route choice, and a bit more navigational difficulty, resulting in some more interesting orienteering than the
      previous day.”

      “The final race day was the Mixed sprint relay. The terrain was much the same as the Middle distance.  In fact half of the relay map overlapped the middle map. It largely encompassed an area of spiky bamboo forest with some open areas with long grass, and a physically sapping fast park bit at the end.  (The US & NZ teams had a bet as to which team would finish first and it came down to the last 5 metres of the event.)  Georgia Whitla had headed out with a handy lead but was being chased by Ali Crocker, who was in great form. Georgia held her off right to the last control where she punched ahead and the sprint to the finish began. They were neck and neck but in the end Ali just nudged Georgia out by 1/100th of a second. So all around a pretty well matched race within a race!  This gave the Kiwis 10th place.

      At the front end of the field there was mis-punches by Norway, Great Brittan and Czech Republic, Sweden didn’t have a full team as Tove was sick, but apparently mis-punched anyway. Switzerland was in control from the very beginning and had a comfortable win over Denmark and to complete an all red and white finish the Austrians took out the Bronze medal with a really good performance.   Swiss Matthais Kyburz was the runner of the Games, becoming the first orienteer to take gold in all three World Games races.

      The Closing Ceremony was fairly amazing, consisting of the Colombian good old pass time of waiting. The place was crawling with Police and Helicopters circled above the entire time. Eventually we entered the stadium to 50,000 excited people. A lot of Salsa dancing made up the rest of the Ceremony (Cali is famous for Salsa), and it was topped off with some pretty amazing fireworks.”

      The World Games site has all the results and allows you to follow all races by tracking, as all competitors had trackers attached.



      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!