Victorious Vics at Oceania Champs


The Oceania Champs wrapped up with the always-exciting Relays, on the Argonaut map.  Victorians featured in lots of winning teams, including the Mens and Womens Australian senior elites.  Aston, Bruce and Alex completed a clean sweep of four wins from four events.

  • First – Patrick Jaffe, Aston Key, Simon Rouse, Ricky Thackray, Bruce Arthur, Tim Hatley, Jim Russell, Warren Key, Alex Tarr, Peter Dalwood, Blake Gordon, Aislinn Prendergast, Lanita Steer, Janet Tarr, Libby Meeking, Judi Herkes
  • Second – Christine Palmer, Pam King, Liz Hatley
  • Third – Janine Steer, Susannah King, Suzanne O’Callaghan



A new map on tin mining terrain – not as physical as the long, but more technical, with subtle contour features.  Aston made a clean sweep of the three Oceania Championships, as did Bruce Arthur and Alex Tarr – amazing effort! The Middle Champs also saw some new names on the podium.

Victorian winners and placegetters were:

  • First – Ella Maja Lang, Wendy Taverna, Dale Ann Gordon, Helen Alexander, Aston Key, Bruce Arthur, Warwick Davis, Alex Tarr
  • Second – Nicola Dalheim, Carolyn Jackson, Libby Meeking, Judi Herkes, Dennis Trewin, Leone Carberry
  • Third – Aislinn Prendergast, Dale Taverna, Warren Key, Ted van Geldermalsen, Bill Vandendool

Full results and splits


A very tough day at the office, on steep slopes covered with bracken and large fallen logs making for slow going, as reflected in the results. Aston Key claimed his second victory, as did Bruce Arthur, Warren Key, and Alex Tarr.  Aston has won a place in the 2023 World Championships, as Regional Champion.

Victorian winners and placegetters were:

  • First – Natasha Key, Libby Meeking, Aston Key, Bruce Arthur, Warren Key, Warwick Davis, Alex Tarr, Jitladda Khamseenuan
  • Second – Janet Tarr, Jensen Key, Dale Taverna, Bill Vandendool, Leone Carberry
  • Third – Patrick Jaffe, Ricky Thackray, Jim Russell

Congratulations to all who took part.  There is a well earned rest day before the Middle Distance and Relays. Australia continues to dominate in the cross-Tasman challenge with New Zealand.

Full results and splits


The Oceania Championships got under way with the Sprint in Launceston.  Victoria saw success with Aston Key and Patrick Jaffe taking first and second in the Mens Elite class, and an impressive trifecta in M45 with Bruce Arthur, Ricky Thackray and Simon Rouse.  Here’s a list of all Victorian winners and placegetters:

  • First – Helen Alexander, Aston Key, Bruce Arthur, Warren Key, Alex Tarr
  • Second – Milla Key, Libby Meeking, Patrick Jaffe, Ricky Thackray, Jim Russell, Peter Dalwood
  • Third – Sophie Arthur, Judi Herkes, Dale Ann Gordon, Simon Rouse

Full results and splits

These results helped Australia to a resounding 11-1 win in the Australia-New Zealand Challenge.  Victorians representing Australia in the Challenge team are Milla Key, Aston Key, Patrick Jaffe, Lanita Steer, Aislinn Prendergast, Nicola Dalheim, Jim Russell, Carolyn Jackson. Ted van Geldermalsen is the Team Manager.

Oceania website – check out the maps

Oceania facebook page


Share this

Other news

  • Vic Series Double Header in Beechworth, June 22 and 23

    Don't miss the chance to spend a weekend orienteering in Victoria's beautiful northeast - two Vic Series events on spectacular granite terrain!

    Read article
  • MelBushO is Back! Westerfolds Park South, Sunday 16 June

    Enjoy a great introduction to orienteering at Westerfolds Park this Sunday June 16

    Read article
  • June Long Weekend – Maxi 3 Hour and Forest Training at Glenlyon

    Get your entries in for the 2024 Maxi 3 Hour on June 9 at Glenlyon, and stay overnight for a free training session on Monday.

    Read article

From parks and streets to bush and forest - there is an adventure for you.

Join Today