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Annual Presentation Dinner

On Saturday afternoon an excitable group of orienteers gathered at Castle Hill Showground for the OANSW 2012 Annual Presentation dinner. This year to add to the excitement there was a 35-control score event for teams of three around the bush and sportsgrounds of Catterson Reserve. With the controls all to the north of the showground it was a tricky exercise to split the controls between the three runners in the team, with no choice but to send one runner to the far northern end of the map and it was a tough diplomatic exercise to work out who the poor sucker would be. In my team we had finishing times of 24, 40 and 44.5 minutes, so we had cleared the course within the 45 minute time limit, but not done a very good job at sharing the controls.

The presentation night had about 70 attendees and mixed in with the prize giving, slideshows and video of events across the year was a good feed of roast chicken and beef, and sticky date pudding and pavlova! The great news was that there had been a very substantial increase in juniors achieving Wattle status this year, indicating that the sport had attracted a bunch of new kids! It was a great night with some great people, and Bennelong's club members managed to pick up a few awards too! Congratulations to the winners!

Orienteers of the Year 2012
Based on the top 5 scores from the 11 State League events

Marina Ishkhakova - 3rd W21AS
Fedor Ishkhakov - 3rd M21A
Darren Slattery - 1st M21AS
Mel Cox - 3rd M55A  
Graham Galbraith - 3rd M55AS
Terry Bluett - 2nd M65A

Adam Halmy received a Banksia award for achieving more than 75 points in the year.

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