British Orienteering Volunteer and Mapping Awards 2016

Thank you to all of those who submitted nominations for the awards it is good to see so much activity going on to develop the sport and we thank all those volunteers and clubs who make orienteering happen across the country.

The winners have been decided by the Development Steering Group and the awards were presented at British Orienteering’s 2016 Annual General Meeting on Friday 14th April at Brunel University.  We are delighted to announce the winners of the club and volunteer awards for 2016 are as listed.

 

Young Volunteer of the Year 2016

Awarded to Dom Dakin of South Yorkshire Orienteers

At just 15 Dom is a regular organiser and planner of level D events and more or less runs the SI for SYO Schools events. He assists his mother with preparing maps for and delivering Saturday coaching sessions and is starting to develop his mapping skills by mapping a new area for the club.

Pictured: Dom Dakin (right) receiving the Young Volunteer of the Year Award from Judith Holt, British Orienteering Chair.
Credit: Robert Lines

 

University Club of the Year 2016

Awarded to Cambridge University Orienteering Club (CUOC)

CUOC is a very active university club with almost 30 members, providing a range of activities from races and training sessions to social activities. CUOC work with WAOC to plan and deliver Wednesday training sessions throughout the year and regularly organises events and training trips both in the UK and abroad.

Pictured: Lindsay Malone (right), Cambridge University Orienteering Club Member, receiving the University Club of the Year Award from Judith Holt, British Orienteering Chair 
Credit: Robert Lines

 

Peter Palmer Coach of the Year 2016

Awarded to Liz Yeadon of Sarum Orienteering Club

Liz has driven the introduction of a wide variety of juniors from schools across the club's area to orienteering, with over 100 children now regularly attending. Liz coaches at SARUMs monthly club training evenings and has introduced SARUM’s Fast Track Club offering weekly coaching for juniors.

Pictured: Liz Yeadon (right) receiving the Peter Palmer Coach of the Year award from Judith Holt, British Orienteering Chair
Credit: Robert Lines

 

Club of the Year 2016

Awarded to Solway Orienteering Club

Relatively isolated Solway put a strong focus on inter club activities mentoring volunteers to deliver local competitive events as well as working with other sports through a time bank to share volunteers.

Pictured: Tim O'Donoghue (middle), Solway Club Chair and Ian Turner (right), former Solway Club Chair receiving the Club of the Year award from Judith Holt, British Orienteering Chair
Credit: Robert Lines

 

SILVA Award 2016

Awarded to Anthony McGonigle of North West Orienteering Club

Anthony has been at the forefront of orienteering in Northern Ireland for over 40 years. As a pupil then teacher at Limavady Grammar School he has nurtured young orienteers at the school to compete at numerous competitions. He produced the first 5 colour map in NI back in 1977and is still an active surveyor and cartographer to this day. He is someone who goes about his obvious love of orienteering with humility, always keen to provide help and guidance to less experienced planners, controllers, organisers and fledgling mappers.

 

British Orienteering Map Awards 2016

The map awards for maps used in 2016 are decided on submissions provided by clubs and mappers. The judges were Steve Barrett, Colin Hicks and Tony Thornley. The scoring is based on specification, cartography and presentation.

 

The Chichester Trophy

This award is presented for the best map produced by an amateur mapper.

The winning map for 2016 is “Sugar Loaf” by Ben Mitchell, nominated by MWOC

 

The Silva Trophy

Awarded for the best map produced by professional mappers.

The winning map is “Penicuik Ladywood” by Dave Peel, Peel Land Surveys

 

The Walsh Trophy, which is sponsored by Walsh Shoes

Awarded for the best urban or sprint map to ISSOM standards.

The winning map is “Penicuik Ladywood” by Dave Peel, Peel Land Surveys

Pictured: Dave Peel (right) receiving the Walsh Trophy and the SILVA trophy from Judith Holt, British Orienteering Chair
Credit: Robert Lines

 

The Bonington Trophy

Awarded annually for the best contribution to mapping. In all cases this reflected considerable input and support to the sport over many years.

The winner of the Bonington Trophy for 2016 is Chris Johnson, Nominated by BOK

Pictured: Chris Johnson receives the Bonington Trophy from Judith Holt, British Orienteering Chair
Credit: Robert Lines

The judges found it very difficult to differentiate between many of the maps submitted for several of the trophies. All those who submitted maps should be very proud of their achievements.

Congratulations to all entries for the high standard this year.


Posted on Tuesday 18th April 2017