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So we’re on level 5 for the next six weeks and as orienteers we are never known to sit down for long or leave our minds at rest…… So, It’s competition time! Six weeks and 12 letters make up the word o-r-i-e-n-t-e-e-r-i-n-g. The challenge is to literally put Orienteering on the Map! Over the next six weeks we’d love to see you run, walk or jog the letters of orienteering
The above table shows the allowed activities at each level. A number of exceptions to the general restrictions have been made recently for Level 5. They are that it is allowed”… to take school aged children to permitted training…” . The permitted training is ” .. non-contact training can continue for school aged children, outdoors in pods of 15″. Full details of these exceptions are at https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/
The IOA have been working over the last number of months to find ways of engaging with the orienteering community while we are not able to hold physical events.  The juniors were the first to have the Zoom orienteering experience and it was a great success.  We hope to extend these sessions not only for the juniors but for the wider orienteering community in the coming months.  Currently we have
As the entire country will be at Level 3 of Living with Covid-19 from midnight tonight (6 Oct 2020), this will impart our schedule of Orienteering Events. You will know from our previous advice that this means Orienteering Events are cancelled but Closed Training sessions and DIY orienteering can take place. The full advice is here This will be very disappointing for the event planners, controllers and organisers who have
Two events this weekend a come and try it with Bishopstown at Tramore Valley park and also the continuation of the Maprun urban series with Waterford Orienteers. Both the Sunday  events have courses for both beginners and experienced orienteers. The Thurles event will be using the phone app MaprunF, which needs to be downloaded before you set off. More details on how it works can be found here. Newcomers are
The IOA has recruited Humphrey Murphy of ILC to undertake a consultation process to review the current status of orienteering in Ireland. The objective is to identify the challenges and opportunities for growing the sport in Ireland and increasing participation. The next step is to invite clubs and club members to get involved in the process. We will be hosting a zoom session on Growing the Sport of Orienteering in
At the 2020 IOA AGM (on Zoom) the three IOA awards for 2019 were presented. Mac Tire Award was given to Tony Cotter of BOC. This year the Spirit of Orienteering Award was presented to Mike Long of AJAX One Performance Excellence medal was presented to Nicholas Simonin for his performance in the WOC Middle Distance event in 2019.  For more information on these awards IOA Annual Awards
After much discussion and consideration of local, international and sporting guidelines in the current climate of COVID-19, it is with regret that we have come to the decision not to send a team to EJOC in October. Overall we feel the negatives outweigh the benefits of competition and experience in this case. In order to enter Hungary all athletes and delegates would need to have two negative COVID-19 tests, would
The AGM of the Irish Orienteering Association was scheduled to take place during the weekend of the IOC. Obviously that was no longer possible. The committee considered a number of options including. The best option to ensure that the AGM can take place is to do it on Zoom. The date and time for the online AGM is Saturday, August 29th at 5pm. It will take approximately 1 hour. The
Orienteering events can continue thanks to the clarification received from Sport Ireland last night. It is important that we all adhere to the regulations that are in place. The specific wording from Sport Ireland is “NGBs & Clubs with competition, events, tournaments planned up to September 13th 2020 should go ahead as planned with strict public health measures and protocols in place. No Spectators should attend these events” We will provide