At the end of last year, Director Army Sports Control Board hosted the 2018 Army Sports Awards at RMA Sandhurst.
One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation to Major (Retired) Colin Dickson of the Lifetime Achievement Award for his unmatched contribution to Army Orienteering.
Colin was nominated in recognition of both his personal achievements of many years in the Army team and British Age Class Orienteering Champion seven times and his enduring commitment to the sustained development of orienteering within the Army. Despite retirement from the Service he continues to deliver significant organisational and planning support for military orienteering.
Between 2004-2012, he was Army Orienteering’s Coaching Officer, where he developed, coordinated and delivered more than 80 training courses; ranging between introductory and advanced levels; he also delivered over 100 Army orienteering events in that time. Colin continues to support Army orienteering by delivering frequent Army orienteering events for Military League South; in an average season, Colin has been responsible for well over 65% of the league activity; which equates to c.25 events. In delivering these events Colin books the land, plans the competition, organises the event administration, and liaises with stakeholders. His event planning is of the very highest of standards, recognised by many civilian controllers as world class. Colin Dickson is also a Mapping Officer to the Army Orienteering Association (AOA), overseeing the mapping of new areas for military orienteering and ensuring all mapping is up to date. With his wealth of experience in orienteering, he provides invaluable counsel to the AOA committee.
Director Army Sport Control Board is delighted to recognise Major Colin Dickson's decades of dedication, commitment and success that he has achieved, both at a personal level, but more importantly for the unparalleled benefit of Army Orienteering. Long may it continue!
"Colin Dickson's dedication to orienteering, both inside and outside the military, over the past four decades has been remarkable. He is an absolute inspiration to all of us in British Army Orienteering Club (BAOC) and I have no doubt that without his personal efforts we would be withering on the vine. On behalf of the BAOC membership (and personally), I would like to congratulate Colin on this thoroughly deserved and long overdue award and say a very heartfelt thanks for all his support." Chairman BAOC.
British Orienteering is delighted for Colin and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate him on his Lifetime Achievement Award and for his contribution to Orienteering. Many congratulations!