Changing Mix of Orienteering in 2016

2016 saw OHV's highest participation since 2010, when the NZ Rogaine Champs boosted our figures. And this from slightly fewer events - 28. You don't need to be an Einstein to work out this means more people per event!

The reason for the shift was our contribution to the Queens Birthday 3-day, an event that attracted a high NZ and Australian field, and added 419 starts to our total. This replaced a drop in park/street/trail participation, which halved its role. Rogaines continue to provide around 60% of our stats, and MTBO remains a small niche.

The City Safari continues to be our biggest event (over 1000 participations, we count three-hour units for rogaines.) At the other end three events attracted 15, though weather is a big contributor to this.

Our near neighbour Wellington OC runs a similar number of events. 60-odd events a year means you can get your mapsport fix pretty much every week. And that doesn't count the other events in our region, other parts of New Zealand, and for some the other side of the world! Neither does it count training events - both WOC and OHV organise activities with maps which don't have results and aren't counted here.

To summarise, about three-fifths of our participation units come from rogaines, a third from foot orienteering (though the mix of big/little has shifted), and MTBO at one tenth.

Here are the stats alongside previous years. And below is a list of the key volunteers who made this possible. There are about 50, plus probably another 30 who helped with on-the-day jobs. Thanks heaps!

Year Traditional Events Park/Street/Trail Events Rogaines MTB-Orienteering Total Events Av Particip
2016 830 (27%) 229 (7%) 1788 (58%) 257 (8%) 3104 (100%) 28 111
2015 385 (13%) 502 (17%) 1813 (60%) 258 (9%) 3018 (100%) 34 89
2014 545 (22%) 424 (17%) 1289 (52%) 216 (9%) 2474 (100%) 30 82
2013 488 (23%) 302 (14%) 995 (47%) 320 (15%) 2105 (100%) 29 73
2012 524 (23%) 301 (13%) 1206 (52%) 272 (12%) 2303 (100%) 34 68
2011 293 (12%) 467 (18%) 1249 (49%) 518 (21%) 2527 (100%) 31 82
2010 265 (8%) 270 (8%) 2515 (73%) 379 (11%) 3429 (100%) 27 127
2009 384 (17%) 126 (5%) 1433 (61%) 384 (17%) 2327 (100%) 32 73
2008 276 (13%) 196 (9%) 1257 (60%) 373 (18%) 2102 (100%) 27 78
2007 263 (12%) 414 (20%) 1005 (48%) 349 (20%) 2105 (100%) 29 73
2006 780 (19%) 320 (8%) 2618 (64%) 376 (9%) 4094 (100%) 34 120
2005 208 (9%) 527 (23%) 1327 (58%) 224 (10%) 2286 (100%) 36 63
2004 569 (32%) 414 (23%) 502 (28%) 314 (17%) 1799 (100%) 27 67
2003 374 (26%) 390 (27%) 433 (31%) 222 (16%) 1419 (100%) 25 57
2002 220 (17%) 422 (34%) 425 (34%) 186 (15%) 1253 (100%) 24 52
2001 611 (45%) 404 (29%) 44 (3%) 312 (23%) 1371 (100%) 23 60
2000 97 (10%) 383 (40%) 317 (33%) 153 (16%) 950 (100%) 19 50
1999 478 (51%) 382 (41%) 76 (8%) 0 (0%) 936 (100%) 16 58

The fine print. A "participation" in most events is a person who starts a course. Two courses, two participations. Rogaines can be much longer than orienteering, so one rogaine "participation" is counted for each person for each 3-hour unit. (In-betweens are rounded, eg 2-4hrs is 1, 5-7hrs is 2 etc.) If we counted each rogainer at par, 2016 participation would still be over 2700 - 2705. The Ak Attack is counted as MTBO even though there are footies, because you don't have to declare whether you have a bike or not - we don't have the data to do otherwise. We count P-Max with orienteering because of its short length. U-Max and any other events without results are not counted. 2006 and 2010 were inflated by national rogaine championships and being 24hrs many participants counted as 8 units. In 2006 we also ran the NISS Champs (2 major traditional events) besides an OY. These figures may not be the same as reported by ONZ because of timing differences.

VIPs - Volunteer Important People 2016

List of key volunteers who made these events happen (AGM to AGM not calendar year). These are the planners, controllers, committee members, and others who contributed at a similar level - about 50 of you! We also acknowledge probably 30 others who have helped with on-the-day jobs. Thank you to all volunteers both listed and unlisted:-))
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