At the 2016 AGM held in December Nick Bowden stepped down after 10 years as Rogaining Tasmania’s president. We are all grateful for Nick’s dedication and guidance during his reign. Nick will remain on the committee where his experience and detailed knowledge of apparently every landowner in Tasmania will be invaluable, and he’ll be busy as one of the key organisers for the 2019 Australian Championship, which Tasmania will be hosting. Thanks also to Nicole Carpenter who has left the committee after serving 6 years as secretary.
The new committee is a great mix of new and old (experience-wise). General committee members are Rod Bilson (Equipment / Membership), Brendan Hey (Mountain Bike), Nick Bowden, Liz Canning, Hugh Fitzgerald, Peter Tuft and Robyn Tuft.
Sally Wayte is Secretary, Jeff Dunn (newsletter editor) and Adele Winslow are the Vice Presidents. Ross Kelly continues as Treasurer. John Dawson will continue handling the website and newsletter distribution. Gary Carroll is the incoming president and he is hoping that it won’t be for the next 10 years.
2017 Rogaining Tasmania Program
The program for this year is taking shape. We will be holding the following events:
Sat 13th May: A 6 hour Metrogaine starting in Peter Murrell Reserve and extending between Margate and Kingston. Preparation for this event is well underway, and we have been successful in gaining access to many private farmland properties in the area.
Late June – early July: A Hobart eastern shore Mountain Bike MTBNav and concurrent on-foot event.
November: A bush event to be held south of Orford. We are looking at organising a 24 hour event but this is not yet confirmed.
Dates for the MTBNav and bush rogaine will be announced as soon as these are confirmed.
There is also an Australian Championships being hosted by the ACT Rogaining Association on the 6th and 7th of May south of Canberra. Visit http://act.rogaine.asn.au/arc2017
Don’t forget the 15th World Rogaining Championships are being held in Latvia on August 18th and 19th. The organisers have promised flatter terrain and less spinifex than the World Champs hosted by Australia near Alice Springs last July. Visit http://wrc2017.rogaining.lv/en. Looking further ahead – the 2019 World Championships will be in Catalonia, Spain.
You don’t need to be a “big gun” team to enter the Australian or Australasian events. There is a qualification process for World Championships Rogaines but there is often space for extra entries. These events are a great experience regardless of your competitive level.
Intervarsity Rogaining Championship and NAMSF funding
The 2017 Intervarsity Rogaining Championship will be held in conjunction with the Australian Rogaining Championships in May. The Nigel Aylott Memorial Sports Foundation (NAMSF) supports university students to travel to the event. NAMSF was set up in memory of Nigel, a keen adventure racer and rogainer, to encourage engagement in these outdoor sports.
The Intervarsity Rogaining Championship is open to all university students (full-time, part-time, undergraduate, or post-graduate). Students in a team must be from the same university. In awarding the travel subsidy, preference is given to undergraduate teams.
If you are interested please write to Nick on email@example.com. If we get more than one application the committee will award the subsidy to the most experienced and successful team based on past performances.
Rogaining depends on volunteers, and we are always looking for more. Setting and vetting assistance is required for the November bush event. We’d also like to begin planning for 2018 including more events in the north of the state. Email us using firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to volunteer or if you are curious as to what is involved.
Keeping in touch
Remember to keep an eye on our web page http://rt.asn.au and join the FaceBook Group “Rogaining Tasmania”. These newsletters are sent out irregularly and there will be another in a couple of months with more details of the Metrogaine and MTBNav events. You can email RT using email@example.com.
Ideally a rogaine course should be designed so that the best teams think they can get all the checkpoints, but they actually can’t. We did that. But we didn’t expect a team of elite European orienteers to enter. And to be honest, even when they did, we thought ‘Ah, orienteering whiz kids – won’t have the stamina for a 12 hour event. Just show-ponies when it comes to rogaining’. How wrong we were.