Some pain, ro-gain

Victoria University students proved to be champions in the grueling 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, said 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

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