Orienteering

 

Orienteering

If you go down to the woods today…..

 

Orienteering involves using a coloured map to navigate your way around a course in a woods or park and finding specific locations, called controls, which are pre-marked on the map. The task is to locate all the controls and finish the course in as fast a time as possible. The sport combines map-reading, navigational-skills, athletics and speed. In addition, it promises enjoyable outings, a healthy dose of competition, a blast of fresh air, camaraderie and offers the occasional spot of mud-sliding, impromptu fencing with one’s branch-wielding co-competitors, battling brambles, incidental deer-spotting and squirrel-sightings.

 

Training is with Ms. O’Donoghue on Wednesday afternoons in The College grounds, adjoining College farm and nearby woods. Pupils are coached and take part in  introductory and competitive courses.

 

Our orienteerers compete in The Cork Schools Orienteering League. The first outing of the 2012- 2013 school year was to Farran Wood for Round 1 of the league. The College claimed 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in both the first and second year boys’ categories with wins by Theo Ban, Ryan Flynn and Shane Cotter, respectively, in first year and by Sean Hilliard, Jack Palmer and Diarmuid Moynihan in second year. Well done to all who took part! The Roco Orienteerers, Part II: coming to a woods near you, soon!