President's Report 2013
Saturday, 22 February 2014
2013 was a
great year for Australopers. We had a
break from organising any national carnival and were able to focus on local
events and getting more newcomers involved.
My thanks to the Executive, Committee members and all those members who
volunteered to put on great events throughout the year. In many respects this report is similar to
last year’s with a few notable additions.
This shows how we are continuing to be an effective growing club in what
many sporting clubs are finding difficult times.
- Increasing membership to 151 from
- Coming 4th Australia
Wide in the national clubs competition at Easter
- Expanding the two schools /
corporate challenge series to 8 events each
- Winning an Australian Sports
Commission Grant to hold a new winter series
- Running that 10 event winter
- Winning the Premiers Physical
Activity Council award for that series
- Holding the Tasmanian Long
Distance Orienteering Championships
- Specifying and having built a new
GENERAL: Australopers continues to be the largest
Orienteering club in Tasmania and remains one
of the dominant clubs in Australia. At the time of this AGM we have 151 members
on the books, compared to 63 for EVOC and 54 for WROC.
We are very
highly represented at local, statewide, national and international events. Some of our achievements in 2013 were as
- Easter 3 Days (Bendigo) – 44 members competing
- Australopers fourth in the club
competition only 2 points behind equal second (29 to 31) with local club Melbourne Forest racers winning.
- Australian Championships (ACT) – 36
strength lies not only in the competitive side but in its broad base. We have a
good volunteer base and a strong commitment to event organisation. Australopers also continues to place a strong
emphasis on family involvement and the social side of orienteering. In general
terms Australopers has a great bunch of people as members!
on to list achievements by category I want to give particular recognition to a
number of club members:
- Sally Wayte who has worked
tirelessly as Secretary throughout the year.
- Renny Duckett for his ongoing
contribution as Treasurer despite his inability to compete due to injury.
- Rosie for her great contributions
to each edition of O Know.
- Martin Bicevskis who with Elizabeth has put in
untold hours organising Sportident and Autodownload timing systems at
- KarlBicevskis for organising
- Jan Hardy as our chief
representative and Chair of the OT selection panel and more recently as Membership
- Mike Calder who has organised our
event volunteer roster.
- Sue and Tony Mount who are always
at events to help out newcomers.
- Ross Kelly for his work on behalf
of the club putting our feedback into the development of the annual
calendar of events.
- Wendy Andrewartha for letting us
continue to use her garage as our equipment store.
- Sally Salier and Jim Laver for maintaining that equipment.
- Wayne Griggs for his coaching
- The Buckerfield Family who while
running a very busy veterinary practice always seem ready to stay behind
at events and help pack up and collect controls
- Janet and Renny for their help at
events and for providing their house for various Australopers functions.
- Kim and Gary Carroll for their
work in maintaining a social program
- Nick Bowden as mapping
- Liz Butler for her work in
managing the production and distribution of our club running shirts
- And all those members who helped
with event organisation including course planning, control placing,
registration, control collection and so on.
financial report tabled separately will show we are financially sound and in
fact have achieved a significant boost to our bank balance during the year. This was primarily due to our club running
the now expanded schools and corporate challenge orienteering series, as well
as the new winter street orienteering series plus bonus grants for the winter
series and the Premiers award.
MEMBERSHIP: Membership at today’s date is 151 up from 145
at the end of 2012 and 127 in 2011.
(This includes some unfinancial members we are awaiting rejoining).
These figures may be a bit imperfect but the new membership system will in
future ensure more accurate statistics.
EVENTS: In 2013 Australopers organised a large number
of events, both local and statewide. We
have had considerable input to the 2013 calendar. In particular we continued to attract large
fields at the Schools /Corporate Challenge series following a broad based
publicity campaign and with the continued inclusion of a Primary School
competition. Particular thanks to Martin
Bicevskis and Mike Calder for their work with these series. The peak number of participants at any one
Australopers event was 208 at the week 2 Corporate Challenge /Schools event in February.
Australopers ran a successful Tasmanian Long Distance Orienteering
Championships event on the Brookstead map at Royal George.
COACHING: Coaching events were again held for both
experienced and beginner members.
MAPPING: It was a quiet year mapping wise, this also
recognising a general shift in responsibility for mapping from clubs to
OT. We benefited from utilising several
new maps during the year in particular the new Battery Point / Salamanca Place map.
We put our new START and FINISH banners into use during the year and most
importantly arranged for the construction of a new equipment trailer completed
early in 2014.
UNIFORM: We continue to be very visible
through our club running tops – particularly at national and international
WEBSITE: We continue to maintain a club
website though this is an area that may need some additional effort in future
to ensure it is always up to date.
SOCIAL: In 2013 we held a number of social functions.
MEETINGS: Club meetings were held
monthly at members’ homes and were well attended. We continue to try to streamline the business
component of meetings so that there is ample time for social interaction.
AUSTRALOPERS OFFICE BEARERS: My thanks
again to 2013 office bearers.
(& PUBLIC OFFICER): Sally Wayte
Program: Ross Kelly
Planning: Mike Calder
CO-ORDINATOR: Wayne Griggs
CO-ORDINATOR: Jan Hardy
Jan Hardy / Judy Davis
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES: Martin Bicevskis
NEWSLETTER: Rosie Rutledge SOCIAL:
Kim and Gary Carroll
THE YEAR AHEAD
will be a big year with Australopers members organising a large proportion of
the year’s events. We are looking
forward to two more successful Schools and Corporate Challenge series as well
as the second Saturday afternoon series in the winter months.
wish everyone in Australopers a great year.