By Gary Carroll , President, Rogaining Tasmania, 3 December 2022
Since the 2021 AGM we have run two successful events:
Lindisfun bike & on-foot Metrogaine which had 236 entrants (158 on-foot and 78 on bikes)
Marieville Mayhem which had 233 entrants (121 is the 3-hr, and 112 in the 6-hr)
However, 2022 was a lean year for Rogaining Tasmania because our major event, the Midlands Muster, was postponed. Flooding and generally soaking-wet conditions made the hash house and camping areas unusable.
In addition to rogaines in Tassie, I encourage all members to look interstate or even overseas for events. On the 8th and 9th of October the Australasian Championships were hosted by the VRA, and held in the Victorian Pyrenees. This event was also impacted by the wet weather. 11 teams from Tasmania were present. Podium positions were won by Thorlene Egerton & Jonathan Sutcliffe (1st Mixed Supervet), Gary Carroll and Ken McLean (1st Mens Supervets), Karen Pedley and Chris Brown (2nd Women Supervets and 3rd Women vets) and Kris Clauson & Ella Clauson (1st Family). Bridget White and Jaymee Knoll received the NAMSF funding to attend the Champs. Rogaining Tasmania came 4th in the Interstate and Trans-Tasman Trophy. Retaining the trophy was always going to be a tough task on the VRA’s home turf.
Looking to 2023. The organisation of the SoHo Shuffle (19th of March) is well progressed, and the postponed Midlands Muster is scheduled for October 28th and 29th. We would like to run a bike/foot metrogaine around early September, but we need volunteers to set and vet this event.
Rising costs, particularly for fuel expenses and catering are impacting on our entry fees and the committee has reacted to this. Event setters and vetters need to mindful of limiting the number of short fieldtrips they make, and we are limiting the prizes awarded at minor events. As a result, bottles of wine as prizes for category winners will no longer be awarded at metrogaines.
Rogaining Tasmania depends on volunteers, and we are grateful to new committee members Bernard Walker, Lucy Hawthorne and Karen Wild-Allen who joined at the last AGM. They all bring their own specialist skills and have all made significant contributions. Thank you also to the ongoing committee members, some of whom have been on the committee for well over a decade.
We are particularly grateful to event organisers:
Lindisfun: Charlotte Blake, Ben Armstrong and David Loveridge
Marieville: Mandy McIntyre, Jacqui Guy, Carolyn Davis, Ashley Carr and Neil Hawthorne
Midlands Muster: Bass Burgess, Diana Cossar-Burgess, Liz Canning, Hugh Fitzgerald, Peter Tuft, Jeff Dunn (and me).
SoHo Shuffle: Jack Marquis, Bridget White and Jaymee Knoll.
Special thanks to Peter and Robyn Tuft for running the training day at Coningham, and to Kristin Raw for regularly running on-line rogaining introductions prior to events.
Successful associations have a steady turnover of committee members with fresh ideas and enthusiasm, so we’d welcome anyone interested in joining us. We are also seeking someone who is technology-minded becoming involved with the Navlight electrotonic punching system.
On behalf of all entrants, I’d like to thank all the volunteers who contributed to events or the running of Rogaining Tasmania during the year.