Orienteering High in 2017 - But Outlook Not So Rosy

Participation dropped just a little in 2017, to 2926. But the level of the last three years (around 3000) is still 30% above the previous 3 years. The only prior years it has ever been higher, were when we ran the NZ Rogaining Champs.

Now a dose of realism. Contributing nearly 40% of the total was a single event - the City Safari. With this is doubt for 2018, stand by for plummeting figures!

The figures are broken out as usual into 4 types of events. Traditional orienteering (where a range of course lengths and difficulties can be offered) attracted 508 starts to 4 events - two area championships and two CSW days. The "OY" series seems to have died a death in the whole region. Some people regret the paucity of these events, and we have maps that could be used. But hands aren't going up to plan them.

Park/Street/Trail events (including P-Max mini rogaines) attracted 364 starts to 9 events. Fewer per event but these are close to home and with 1-2 courses very much easier to plan.

Rogaines (other than the City Safari) brought in 710 participations to, again, 9 events. These are our most productive events in terms of benefit/workload ratio. Most of our rogaine participants are not attracted to traditional or park orienteering, and providing for their preference has been a lifesaver for the club. Perhaps the weeknight timing helps too, though we still do an all-day event to remind rogainers what the first and last letters of the name stand for!

MTBO is in trouble. 192 participations and most of them came from the Ak Attack - in which an unknown proportion took part on foot. MTBO hasn't developed its own community anywhere in NZ. Mountain-bikers round here were enthusiastic for a decade but have lost interest, and we are seeing our riders coming from adventure racing, rogaining and foot-o, where there are many other demands on their week-ends. They aren't producing course planners.

Still, an impressive amount of activity from a club which was at death's door 20 years ago. We've done this by responding to the attendance figures - and from attenders we get our course planners and club officers.

Our near neighbour Wellington OC runs a similar number of events. 50-60 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.

Here are the stats alongside previous years. And below is a list of the key volunteers who made this possible. There are about 40, 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
2017 508 (17%) 364 (12%) 1862 (64%) 192 (7%) 2926 (100%) 26 113
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 Persons 2017

List of key volunteers who made these events happen. These are the planners, controllers, committee members, and others who contributed at a similar level - about 40 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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