Midweek Champs 2012

Yesterday Orienteering in Queensland reached its’ annual high point. The Mid week championships lived up to its’ long and rapidly growing status on the O calendar. It has been great to see this has been recognized and it has been placed ahead of the Qld Champs, but still behind the National Champs.

The Challenging courses and fantastic organization by Geoff Peck and Chris Spriggs, tested all competitors with fantastic courses, challenging route choices and demanding control locations.

The technology aspects organized by Geoff were superb. The discussion that ensued about the video cameras at each control and real time transmission back to the start / finish was really good. Chris Cordwell has asked for a copy (when Geoff has time to edited it I suppose?)

It was great to see the age range of winners. Who said Orienteering is a sport for life? Ziva (1 year old) on the winners podium ( along with Erin + baby carrier backpack) …Ray Kelly 85 years? on the winners podium too.

Orienteering & modern medicine seem a good fit. It seems it helps to get on the podium if you’ve had a knee reconstruction, or open heart surgery or hip replacement! Must be all that bush running that speeds recovery?
The three Ugly Gully Orienteering Amigos (22 years doing O events together) managed to pull off 1,2, 3 in the Men’s Short O course. (Winning time 44 minutes. Who said Toohey Forest is easy?)

Some false innuendos from other clubs that there may have been collusion was rejected by the jury. The Australian –Malaysian connection & multinational family team pulled off a 1, 2 & 3. Not to mention the Australian _ Hong Kong connection taking a 1st. Nice job ladies.

Jim Bowling was presented with a Commonwealth Sports Achievement award for his achievements in after-school O activities.

The issue of O outfits was discussed and the difficulties of following Toohey Forest competitors (ahead of you) when their green outfits camouflaged into the bush, makes it hard for those following. The proposal for a redesign and brighter colours did not get very far.

Ugly Gully received accolades for its’ bright red, white & blue outfits, that were designed to help other orienteers follow you into a control.

The highlight was the Mid week O post event BBQ & Social. Great Job Jim.

Now that the new guidelines for mid week O (organizing events, course setting, roles & organization) are being finalized it is good to see that the Mid week Championship BBQ organizer has edged ahead of the OQ president in the hierarchy, so I expect there may be quite some competition for this prestigious position for 2013.

A really good event which added to the social O programme of Mid week Orienteering.

Great job Geoff, Chris & Jim for the event.

Thanks to all those who contributed to running events through the year & doing other roles that keeps mid week O going strong; particularly Chris Spriggs for overall planning & event schedule & Jim for the behind the scenes roles.

… from the Mid week Orienteers.

A family affair



All set to go


Beats working anytime

Bob going strong


Cheer squad

Chief cook and bottle washer


Course setter and runner

Course setter supreme

Damn good sausages


Devine help would be good


Get there early Brenton


I caught the bus

I need a drink

I won Mum!




John Cooper





Love that hat!

Love that top!

Magic Mike



Mother and son

Nev is always there


No ads please

No more lost keys

Pam and Alan



Robin wins again






Su Yan scoops the pool

Su Yan


That was tough!

The Kellys keep coming

The Midweek mob

The Simsons


Ugly Gully to win!

Under starters orders

Winners are grinners

You can't keep a good Scot down

Ziva and Erin

Ziva. The youngest winner!

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