Orienteering Plunges in 2018 - But Theres a Reason!

Participation pretty much halved this year, affected by the lack of our massive community event the City Safari. This requires a capable manager and a capable public transport system, and we have to look deeper to see the underlying picture. We have always had to look past the occasional championships as they create unusual fluctuations.

With the Safari ontributing nearly 40% last year, it looks like a 10% underlying drop, which is just the usual up and down. 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 413 starts to 4 events. Park/Street/Trail events (such as summer afterwork events) attracted 161 starts to 5 events. The absence of P-Max mini-rogaines has halved this figure, a pity as they are easy to plan.

The monthly 3hr rogaines and the all-day Big Trig counted 642 rogaine participations -- about the same as last year's non-Safari figures. 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 R and the E stand for! MTBO had a boost off its fairly low level, with some new bike/foot events counted here. Although an un-recorded number in these combo events take part on foot, this is a nice trend. MTBO hasn't developed its own community anywhere in NZ, so we are seeing our riders coming from adventure racing, rogaining and foot-o.

A total of 25 events. Not counted in these stats are training and DIY events which have no results. There has been something on almost every Sunday where there hasn't been a "proper" HV or Wgtn event, and we ran 13 of these. And there were at least 12 after-school training sessions

So, a healthy amount of activity from a club which was at death's door 21 years ago. We've done this by adjusting the programme to suit our planners - simple no-frills events, mostly score courses, and maps that are close to home. The last event of the year was a prime example - 3 courses in a newly discovered pine forest set and run by one person before the chainsaws moved in. Our near neighbour Wellington OC runs a similar number of events. 50 events a year means you can get your mapsport fix 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!

Here are the stats alongside previous years. And below is a list of the key volunteers who made this possible. There are nearly 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
2018 413 (26%) 161 (10%) 642 (40%) 390 (24%) 1606 (100%) 25 64
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 2018

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