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ONSW awards 2018

 BulmanGO at the Awards:  

Garingal couple John and Liz Bulman have won Orienteering NSW's new Volunteer of the Year award for their tireless efforts at many events.

John & Liz are passionate volunteers who regularly assist at ONSW, club, and SOS events.   For ONSW, they help at school regional carnivals, school programs, Space Racing, and promotional events. Both regularly donate their rostered days off work and have even been known to take leave to help out. Whether it be driving around Sydney collecting equipment, running a start for hundreds of eager but inexperienced students, sorting a zillion p-Cards, coaching beginners, running the results computer, course marshalling, or putting out or collecting controls, they get through a mountain of tasks and do it with a smile on their face - and they do it enormously well.

The SOS events in particular are a weekly commitment. Our winners are always among the first to arrive putting controls out and setting up as well as last to leave after collecting controls at the day’s end. Always cheerful and always helpful, their skills and experience are highly valued.

For Garingal, they assist at events in many ways. This year they have organised an ultrasprint but also volunteered to assist putting controls out, collecting controls, beginner coaching and much, much more.

Something special about this couple is that not only do they regularly volunteer as part of rosters or pleas for assistance - they foresee a need and offer to assist even before a request is made.

They are worthy winners. They are excellent representatives of orienteering: always cheerful, always helpful, and always thoughtful.

At the ONSW presentation day on Saturday, Garingal members won 23 OY badges: four for first place, 13 for second, and six for third.

from the fast world of MTBO

 MTBOGO on the track:  

A handful of GOers made the trek to Wedderburn Aerodrome last weekend for the annual NSW MTBO champs. This is orienteering on mountain bikes. You must stick to the tracks, which are denoted by their rideability rather than their width as in Foot O.

Carolyn Haupt was the only competitor in W40 in the Middle Distance on Saturday, conducted in temps of 30C and involving a 5km ride to the start, and the same 5km from the finish back to the assembly!

Ian Jessup was third in the "Recreational" class, an 8km ride that took him just on an hour. John Brayan was 5th in M50, while James Lithgow mispunched in M60.

On Sunday, with temps 10-15C cooler, Ian moved up to 2nd in the Long ("Recreational" was anything but: 16km = 2 hours), John Havranek was second in the eBike category, James 13th in M60, while Michael Ridley-Smith got the dreaded mp in M40.

Thanks to Uringa and Big Foot for these events.

Australian Champs 2018

 AUSSAAustralian Championships 2018:  

Garingal won five events at the Australian Champs in South Australia  and achieved 10 second placings and 6 thirds. 

We had 26 members competing in the Australian Middle (M), Relay (R), Sprint (S) and Long (L) champs and the South Australian Middle (SAM) champs over two weekends.

 The following people earned podium places in the main championship events:

  Ross Barr (M70): 2nd M, 1st R  ;  Duncan Currie (M20E): 3rd R  ;  Michael Hanratty (MOpenB): 3rd SAM  ;  Robert Herkes (M21AS): 2nd S, 2nd SAM  ;  Barbara Hill (W50): 2nd S, 1st L  ;  Tony Hill (M45): 3rd R, 3rd SAM  ;  Barbara Junghans (W65AS): 2nd M   ;  Ron Junghans (M75): 2nd M, 2nd SAM  ;  Iida Lehtonen (W14): 1st M, 1st R, 3rd S  ;  Angus Leung (M20A): 3rd S   ;  Wendy McConaghy (WOpenB): 1st S  ;  Jim Merchant (M70): 2nd R  ;  Dennis Sparling (M65AS): 2nd R  ;  Toby Wilson (M21E): 2nd R       

Midweek was the Australian Schools Champs.   Garingal were represented by Duncan Currie (Senior Boys), Ellen Currie (Senior Girls), Iida Lehtonen (Junior Girls) and Angus Leung who competed in the Senior Boys Reserve races.

Duncan Currie 2nd S, 10th L, absent ill for Relays ;  Ellen Currie 20th S, 13th L, 6th R  ;  Iida Lehtonen 19th S, 3rd L, 5th R ;  Angus Leung 5th S, 7th L, 10th R

Congratulations to everyone. 

NSW Schools Champs Final

 schoolsNSW Schools Championships, 1-2 September:  

On SaturdayGaringal hosted the two-race Sprint champs at Hills Grammar and Cherrybrook HS, with many hands on deck to ensure a smooth day. The majority of competitors are not regular orienteers, so ensuring they had an enjoyable day was paramount.

Times from the two sprints were added to decide the placings.

GO winners were: Nicola McConaghy W9A ; Ben McConaghy M10A ; Tim McConaghy M12A ; Iida Lehtonen W14A and Ellen Currie W16A.     GO also recorded three seconds and a third.

Sunday was the Middle Distance schools champs, hosted by WHO at Wianamatta.

GO winners were: Ben McConaghy M10A ; Tim McConaghy M12A and Iida Lehtonen W14A.     GO also recorded four seconds and two thirds.

Big thanks to our GO Organisers and Course Setters  as well as the ever present SportIdent Team.


and in other sports

 Hockey tooGO for Hockey medals:  

Garingal members were among the awards at Macquarie Uni Hockey Club's annual presentation night on Saturday.

Lisa Grant (R) won the 3rd grade women's players player, Claire Winnick (recently of GO but now a member of CC having moved north) took out the 2nd grade women's players player, and Ian Jessup was awarded a 600-game milestone medal.  




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