Last Friday the VSSOC 2010 was held at The Tye Estate near Romsey, Victoria. This property belongs to children's author and teacher, John Marsden, and is also the location of his school "The Candlebark School" which has been running for 6 years now. John generously allows the VOA and School Sport VIC to use the property free of charge about every four years as the event is rotated around the outskirts of Melbourne. Over 400 children from about 15 schools attended and competition was keen in both A and B age classes. The property contains unlogged native bush with beautiful tall trees and is quite steep making for challenging orienteering.
John was happy to talk to students and sign copies of books they had brought along as well as donate books for the first placegetters. My son noted that the kids could ride ripstiks at break time and a lamb happily and safely wandered around the playground.
It was a successful day for my son, he won 15 A boys title and received a certificate, micro compass and book as well as ribbon for 1st place in the Galway Schools competition.