At the QORF Awards Dinner on Friday 26 October, Orienteering Queensland was honoured for the achievements of the association in promoting outdoor recreation as recognised in the range of annual awards we have taken out since their inception in 2002.
In my acceptance speech, on behalf of Orienteering Queensland, I referred to how orienteering does not tech participants about navigation but introduces them to a
wide range of different landscapes, their landforms, ecology and how they are represented in topographic maps. The terrain types include sand dunes, sandstone landscape, granite forms, dissected metamorphic hills etc, each with its own mix of natural and introduced flora and fauna. I am proud of the way many of our young orienteers and kids I’ve taken bushwalking over the years have gone on to careers in environmental research, planning, land management, tourism and teaching.
Like all outdoor experiences in natural settings orienteering helps participants appreciate what a wonderful world we live in, and why we should treasure it.