Looks like Big Foot Sprints will be the only major event downunder this year.
Aus MTBO champs haven't been cancelled (yet).
20 December for BFS keeping up the tradition from the past few years? Just need to find a venue.
Make it the 27th and have it as part of Xmas 5 days.
Given there's no classes, just men & women and chocolate prizes for the first three in each, it would probably breach numerous rules
Prelude to Xmas then if it's the 26th (as long as Xmas isn't in some remote location again and is on).
Reprise last years's Australian Champs in Narrogin, WA, on the long weekend 26-28 September. Sprint, Middle (WA Champs), and Long. Maybe WA's borders will be open by then, at least to SA and NT. WA's Sprint and Long Champs will be on the previous weekend (19-20 September).
There's that word that's at the heart of the current dilemma, "maybe". The Narrogin events that were scheduled for this weekend are already cancelled. Who's to say the school will give permission in four months' time?
Plus it's only a WA long weekend :P (well technically Vic does too but they have Fri-Sun whereas we have Sat-Mon)
tRicky you will make a brilliant OWA Promotions Officer! Maybe the Sandgroper part of you has already gone to Melbourne.
It's just a bit odd cancelling the nationals in one state because people can't go there only to say 'Oh we'll run it but you might not be able to come here either'.
I realise my post was misleading, for which apologies. We're not offering national champs - just events with new courses at the same venues as last year's sprint and middle champs. Predicting border openings is impossible. My post was a riposte to the cheeky original - to paraphrase Mark McGowan: Big Foot Sprints the only major event in Australia - seriously? In the Ruby Princess state - seriously?
I now understand!
So what does the WA schedule look like now? Do we still have the sprint champs at Curtin? Is the Narrogin weekend that was originally scheduled for tomorrow being moved to the September long weekend? With up to 300 people allowed at segregated gatherings as of next weekend our season should be a breeze!
Simmo, you know not what you mock. BFS is the major event in any annual calendar.
No doubt a poll taken of ten coalition politicians (there is always one dissenter). I don't remember being asked.
What about the Australian Reflex Champs, are they still on? I see various people boning up on SI drift in preparation.
Hi Gruver, we'll probably hold an unofficial, belated series of Oz champs based on places at Oceania 21.
@grilla - being challenged by Newcastle's NSW - Newcastle Shorts Weekend - usually mid-year.
Meanwhile, there are plans in various stages of development for the weekends vacated by the carnival (the Victorian Championships weekend at Beechworth being one potential candidate).
> xxxx is the major event in any annual calendar.
Maybe not if another event that year offers a 6 kilometre course of continuous sluice mining terrain, on a previously unmapped area. Its touch and go at the moment.
I'm truly surprised that the architects of the Melbourne Sprint Weekend haven't risen up in protest at the first statement in this thread...
Is NZ considered downunder? I'm sure they'd have things to say too.
@jennycas maybe when it reaches 22 editions it can try to make that claim, also does it have the all important chocolate prizes?
The Shorts give out shortbread!
..things to say? Too busy organising events mate.
@ Shingo & Grilla: Seriously!
The Narrogin events were originally scheduled as our Winter Classic weekend, an institution which has been running since before Bigfoot existed - '79 or '80 would have been the first. And chocolate has featured in the awards - Grilla ought to know as I think she was the recipient one year.
Ooh, I haven’t achieved a great deal as in Orienteering but I do guess as glorious past victor of both WA Autumn Classic and BFS I might be the best placed to adjudicate?
And its not to say I don’t love orienteering in WA and would love the opportunity to run on Fox’s Lair again (and do what I wanted to there last time), but BFS is FUN as well as being top quality competition.
Yes but we have bigger sheep stations in WA than NSW
@simmo - flicking through early editions of BFP after the club renamed itself, I see this:
which seems to put the lie to your pernicious bragging.
It's hard to believe orienteering commenced in Australia almost 100 years before the sport was invented and in the same year that it was settled by the white man too!
At least that bit of trivia possibly helps with how tt got her name.
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