The Western Nomads are WA's representatives in the National Orienteering League (NOL), Australia's premier orienteering competition. Individual and team points are accumulated based on performance in four rounds of races held annually across the country.  

How to Become a Western Nomad

Anyone keen to join in Nomads training can contact Sharon McFarlane and have their name added to an email list which notifies of any upcoming training sessions.

If you think you would like to become a Western Nomads team member you need to submit a nomination to the Western Nomads Manager. Nominations and a record of results of nominees will be taken to Council. Once ratified by Council, members of the squad will then be announced. For each NOL round selected Western Nomads may be eligible for travel funding if they are competing in elite or junior elite categories and meet the relevant criteria.


Round 1: 17-18 February, Hobart TAS
   2x sprint, middle distance or forest relay

Round 2: 29 March - 1 April, Easter 3 days, SA
   Sprint, middle, long and relay distance

Round 3: 25-28 April, Brisbane QLD

Round 4: 18-19 May, ACT (TBC)
   NOL finals, forest races

NOL Teams

Within the National Orienteering League (NOL) Competition a full team at each race consists of a minimum of 3 males and 3 females racing in the elite categories (M/W21E & M/W20E) at NOL events. From 2011 the Western Nomads also included WA's elite Mountain Bike Orienteering team.

NOL Results

To see how the Western Nomads performed you can review NOL results for each event across Australia.

There is also a national MTBO competition.

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Acknowledgement of country

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Orienteering WA acknowledges the Noongar people, the Traditional and continuing Custodians of the land on which we gather to enjoy our sport, and pay our respects to Elders past and present.