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Welcome to the Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Website

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Yarra Val­ley Ori­en­teer­ing Club is a Mel­bourne club of Ori­en­teer­ing Vic­to­ria based in the north-east of Mel­bourne.

  • Our main inter­est is bush ori­en­teer­ing, both foot and moun­tain bike, and also street orienteering
  • We offer coach­ing for begin­ners to bush ori­en­teer­ing — Con­tact us
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Victorian Club Relays 2016

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This year's club relay championship event was held at Brimbank Park, on the Maribyrnong River in Keilor. Yarra Valley fielded seven teams of three, including two teams on the long course, two on the medium, two on the short and one on the mixed length course. The day was extremely windy, and threatened to ...

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2016 Australian Championships

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This year, the Australian championships were held in south-east Queensland, in the hinterland west of the Gold Coast. The events were held over 9 days from 24 September and included long, middle and sprint distance championships plus state team relays. On the first weekend, Yarra Valley's Ted van Geldermalsen won the M60 Sprint Championship, ...

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Street Orienteering Summer Series 2016-17

street-o-champs-feb-2015-startDaylight Saving starts on October 2nd, and the calendar of Summer Series metropolitan street orienteering events start on 17 October. Events are held somewhere in Melbourne every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening, starting at 7pm, until the middle of March. Yarra Valley is organising ...

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Vict Long Distance championships

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Ashley White at Vic Long Distance championships

The 2016 Victorian "long-distance" championships were held on Sunday Sept 18th near Wattle Flat, not far from Creswick. The weather was cool and showery, and everyone got wet feet crossing the creek that ran through the area. ...

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YV club champion for 2016

Alex Tarr Easter 2016

  The Yarra Valley Club Champion for 2016 was determined on 10 July at the Sailor's Creek event near Daylesford.  The day was cold and windy, with rain threatening, and the courses were rather physical, but 17 club members entered the competition courses from 1 to 6.  And after handicaps were applied by the club ...

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Service award for Margi and Ted

Margi and Ted service award

Margi Freemantle and Ted van Geldermalsen were joint winners of the Orienteering Victoria Services Award at the 2016 association AGM in May.  This was in recognition of their considerable efforts with the 2015 "Spring Into Spring" series and the Victorian Sprint-O weekend in March this year.

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Victorian Middle-Distance Championships

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The 2016 state middle-distance championships were held on May 15th, on the Borhoney Ghurk map, south of Ballan.  The area was quite steep in places with areas of gold-mining erosion and some thick scrub.  Fifteen Yarra Valley members featured in the place-getters: Women:   W35A Mel Gangemi 3rd;  W40A Hania Lada 2nd;  W55a Margi Freemantle ...

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Victorian Schools Team representative

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Brody McCarthy of YVOC was recently named in the Victorian Schools Orienteering team and will compete for his state at the Australian Championships in South-east Queensland in September.  In May, Brody won the Boys' 15A Class at the Victorian Secondary School Championships held at Plenty Gorge.

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Street-O course-setter of the year

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Yarra Valley's Ted van Geldermalsen was awarded the title of Street Orienteering Course-Setter of the Year, for the course he set on Bayside's Port Melbourne map for a Tuesday evening event in January 2016.  Below is a section of the map:

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Hall of Fame for two YV members

Two long-time Yarra Valley members were inducted into the inaugural Orienteering Hall of Fame at Easter this year: Alex Tarr, who has been one of Australia's best orienteering map-makers for 4 decades, as well as being a member of the Australian team at the World Championships in the late 1970's.  He is also an event ...

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