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Some pain, ro-gain

Victoria University students proved to be champions in the gruelling and little-known sport of ‘rogaining’ at the Australasian championships held last weekend in central Victoria.

More than 90 VU Outdoor Recreation and Outdoor Education students took part in the 24- hour event that tested their navigational skills, fitness, endurance, decision-making skills and teamwork. Several VU students took out top awards. 

Rogaining (rugged outdoor group activity involving navigation and endurance) is a growing adventure sport in which teams use cross-country navigation to locate checkpoints within a time limit to maximize their scores.

The competition, which drew some 500 entrants from across Australia and New Zealand, was held across 180-square-kilometres of bush land outside Malmsbury, Victoria.

Students receive credit for participating in the event as part of their industry-based Practice Integrated Learning (PIL).

Matthew Cox, a recreation lecturer in the College of Sport and Exercise Science, says the event is a way for his students to consolidate their classroom understanding of topography and their preparedness in the outdoors. 

“Our students all participated to a high level in this event, which helps them develop their skills as outdoor recreation professionals,” he said.

The results for VU students:

Men’s Junior

1st Place – Matt Briscoe, Dylan McFarlane

2nd Place – Joshua Obrien, Brandon Tongpau, Anthony Messerle

3rd Place – Daniel Glasson, Greg Baxter, Stephen Newton

Women’s Junior

2nd Place – Sophie Findlay, Alannah Doherty, Kirsten Spiteri

3rd Place – Alexandra Burridge, Elise Cullen


2nd Place – Rebekah Morris, Marcus Tyrell, James Bourke

3rd Place  –  Chris James, Miona Jankovic

A group photo of VU students at the Australasian Rogaining Championships is available.

Learn more about the Victorian Rogaining Association.

VU Media Contact

Ann Marie Angebrandt, Media Producer
Marketing and Advancement, Victoria University
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 3 9919 5487

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