The Hunan Orienteering Day (HNU Station), an event of the 2019 World Orienteering Day China Orienteering Week, kicked off on May 18. It was hosted by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), Orienteering Association of China (OCA), Hunan Sports Bureau, and HNU. The HNU Labor Union, HNU Students’ Affairs Department, HNU Physical Education Institute, Hunan Orienteering and Radio Sports Association, and the Hunan Compass Sports Co., Ltd were the organizers. This is HNU’s fourth session of this event. A total of 3,500orienteers used maps and compasses to navigate from point to pointat the foot of picturesque Yuelu Mountain.
The orienteers were divided into six groups: parent-child, teenagers, youths, adults, college students, and HNU faculties. Fifty control points were arranged in HNU campus and Tianma Hill. Each point marked different score according to its distance and difficulty. The total score and time spending of the orienteers were taken into account to decide the rankings.
About HNU orienteering:
HNU isone of China’s earliest universitiesholding orienteering. It started to establish a professional orienteering team in 1994, whose performance has been at the forefront among Chinese universities. It has obtained 312 medals in Chinese and international races, including 129 gold, 109 silver, and 74 bronze medals, and36 team championship. Three HNU athletes championed at the O-Ringen (previously called the “Swedish 5 days”); five took the crown at the Asia Orienteering Championship; 31 won first prizes in national orienteering; and, 20 joined the national orienteering team. In 1998, HNU was listed by the Chinese Ministry of Education as China’s only college student orienteering training center. In December 2007, HNU was nominated as a chair organization of the China Student Orienteering Association.