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National Orienteering Week events in Wentworth

Cheryl and Troy Smith will be among the participants at the upcoming National Orienteering Week event in Wentworth on May 7. This photo shows them at the 2008 nationals at Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, billed as the first-ever orienteering event to be held on the ocean floor. Contributed

WENTWORTH - As part of National Orienteering Week, and in hopes of attracting some new orienteers to the sport, a number of events are taking place at the Wentworth Youth Hostel on Wentworth Station Road.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and events include map and compass clinics for both beginners and intermediate orienteers at 10 a.m. (indoors) and noon (outdoors); followed by a sprint event (beginner and advanced ) at 3 p.m. and a night orienteering event at dusk.

The cost for all three events (training, sprint and night “o”) is $20 per person to a maximum of $40 per family, and includes a light lunch. The Sprint and Night “O” only is $15 each to a maximum of $20 per family, while individual events are $10 each to a maximum of $20 per family.

There are likely few readers aware that Nova Scotia boasts a national and North American orienteering Champion. Although many have heard of the sport, few seem to know much about it and fewer still have tried it. For those readers who love the great outdoors, exploring and fitness, National Orienteering Week is the perfect opportunity to give orienteering a try.

(For the full story, see the May 7 issue of The Citizen)

Organizations: Wentworth Youth Hostel, Wentworth Station, Sprint North American The Citizen

Geographic location: Wentworth, Nova Scotia

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