Adrian Garnett

Adrian Garnett

Adrian Garnett

I am a full time firefighter, living in Townsville. I help run the local orienteering club (Totally Tropical Orienteering Club) I compete in orienteering, trail running, regaining and adventure racing.

I also enjoy bushwalking canyoning. I competed at World Rogaining Championship Alice Springs 2016, Australian Rogaining Championship Flinders Ranges 2012 and Cairns 2013. Adventure Racing World Championship Tasmania 2011 and Shoalhaven 2016.

I have participated in ultra-marathons up to 100km distance in Australia, New Zealand and France.

What event will you be participating at the NQ Games?


How important is it for you to have local competition like this event?

Orienteering is a relatively small sport in Townsville, so to have a major event like this here is awesome. I think it’ll really raise the profile of my sport

What’s your best piece of advice for athletes in your sport?

Practice. To improve you really need to keep at it and you can’t rest on your laurels, If you don’t keep practicing your navigation skills you’ll lose your edge. You can’t just work on your fitness/running, the fastest runner can still come last in orienteering.

Who has inspired you the most in your sport?

Hanny Allston (from Tasmania) won the junior world championship in 2006. She’s also a champion ultra-marathoner/trail runner

What part of North Queensland are you from?


What’s your favourite thing to do in Townsville?

Hiking and canyoning. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing mountains, rainforests, rivers and creeks

How did you start/get into this sport?

At school in Brisbane

How long have you been playing/competing in this sport? On and off since 1987

What are your sporting career goals? To continue to be able to run ultra-marathons into my 60’s (I’m currently in my 50’s and have started to slow down, unfortunately)

The NQ games are a great event to meet and socialise with other athletes, have you made new friends through sport?

Yes, so many! Almost all of my friends are through sport.

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