Since 2003, ONZ has been sending a team of 16 athletes to compete against the Australian State Teams for the Southern Cross Challenge held during the Australian Secondary Schools Orienteering Championships. We have won the Challenge trophy every year.
In 2016, an unofficial "invitational" team also toured and competed although the athletes were not part of the Challenge.
In 2018, the team size grew from 16 athletes to 20 athletes including travelling reserves.
Orienteering Australia (OA) have now invited ONZ to bring 2 official teams to compete in the Challenge along with their State teams.
We are now asking parents of young orienteers who were part of the teams in 2018 or whose child/ren may be in the team in the next few years to provide feedback which can help up make the decision on whether to accept this invitation for 2 teams or not.
For the purposes of this survey, 2 teams means a maximum of 40 athletes and up to 8 staff (based on the Australian maximum team size for the Challenge).