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!


      Mountain Bike Level 1 Coaching Courses

      Tuesday, 19 April 2011

      There are several Level 1 mountain bike coaching courses being conducted in Victoria (June 18-19) and in Quensland (July) in coming months which are relevant to mt bike orienteers.   Additionally if there are any prospective Australian MTBO team coaching aspirants for 2012 there is a possibility that OA will meet the course fee.  Please email kayhaarsma@hotmail.com / phone 08 83370522 to discuss, if this is a possibility.    More details at:  http://cycling.org.au/?ID=42025    

      Kay Haarsma. 

      Level 1 Mountain Bike Coaching Course 2011 - Victoria

      Emma Rickards, Thursday, 7 April 2011

      Cycling Australia’s Coach Education Department, in association with Mountain Bike Australia, would like to inform all coaches that there will be NCAS Level 1 Mountain Bike Coaching Courses delivered in Victoria in June and Queensland in July.
      These mountain bike specific coaching courses are two days in duration to allow for appropriate learning and knowledge opportunities for coaches, more practical elements and more face-to-face time between coach attendees and course presenters.

      Coaching Course Details

      • Dates: Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June 2011 (2 days)
      • Time: 9am-6pm daily
      • Venue: DISC (Darebin International Sports Centre), 281 Darebin Road,  Thornbury, VIC 3071
      • Cost: $330 (incl. GST) per person - This is the reduced Training Program cost, subsidised by Cycling Australia, and available only to Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia members.
      • Travel / Accommodation: Please note that coaches will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

      Closing Date for Applications: Friday 13th May, 2011


      Pre-requisites & Pathway to attend a Level 1 Mountain Bike Coaching Course

      • Current First Aid Certification
      • Member of Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) or Cycling Australia (CA)
      • Must be at least an accredited CycleSkill Coach 

      OR have completed

      For more details about the Level 1 MTB Coaching Course, please see the course information sheet.
      Places are extremely limited on this coaching course so please book early to avoid disappointment.
      You are hereby invited to submit an application to attend the training program. Please click here to download the application form. Please complete the form and submit with payment for the training program as soon as possible to confirm your place.
      Interested applicants should fill out the application form with payment details and email to Emma Rickards, National Coaching & Development Coordinator, at coaching@cycling.org.au.
      For any further information, please contact the Cycling Australia Sport Department via email at: coaching@cycling.org.au or phone (02) 9339 5800.    
      Emma Rickards    National Coaching & Development Coordinator | Cycling Australia

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      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.
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      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.
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