Dungog High School student Oskar Mella will spend the first week of his school holidays with a map in hand, testing his navigational skills in unfamiliar territory.
The 15-year-old who lives at East Seaham will represent the Hunter region in the Oceana Orienteering Championships as part of a schools team including Mikayla and Erika Enderby from Warners Bay High and Alvin Craig from Merewether High.
The championships are being held in Wagga and Cootmaundra from September 28-30 and from October 5-6 near Beechworth in northeastern Victoria.
The NSW and Victorian Orienteering organisations have joined forces to host a carnival of events in the A41 Olympic Highway corridor.
The students will also back up midweek (October 1-3) in Wagga for the Australian schools championships.
That's eight events in nine days across varied terrains - from intricate university and school campuses to granite hillsides and pine forests.
For more information on the sport, see the Newcastle Orienteering website.
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