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Final Call: British Orienteering 2020 Awards - Nominations close 7 March 2021

The closing date for ALL nominations is fast approaching!  

There are now 2 days to go before nominations close. 

Please note:  All nominations need to be sent to: info@britishorienteering.org.uk by Sunday 7 March 2021. 

Each year British Orienteering presents a number of awards to recognise the incredible effort and impact delivered by clubs, coaches and volunteers across orienteering.  Who do you think deserves official recognition for their hard work and commitment to our sport?  

All volunteer awards are presented at AGMs, all nominations for the awards below should be made by Sunday 7th March 2021 to be presented at the 2021 AGM.

Nomination forms are below for each category. 

1.  Club of the Year Award

Is your club an important part of the local community?

  • Providing opportunities for everyone to experience high-quality activities at all levels of your sport or recreation?
  • Demonstrating a commitment to the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers?
  • Taking an innovative approach to the promotion of the club?

If the answer is “Yes” why not enter the British Orienteering Club of the Year Award.

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2.  University Club of the Year Award

This award recognises the efforts of University Clubs in the development of participants as well as coaches and volunteers. The award is also to show appreciation for the University introducing and providing a gateway to the sport to their students. 

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3.  Young Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is for a volunteer, under the age of 25, who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy and enthusiasm. 

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4.  Coach of the Year Award

Coach of the Year award is looking for coaches who demonstrate success in one or more of the following areas:

  • engaging new people in orienteering
  • improving the performance of orienteers
  • mentoring and developing other coaches

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5.  Volunteer of the Year Award

This award is for a volunteer who has demonstrated a commitment to supporting the delivery of orienteering activity with passion, energy, and enthusiasm. 

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6.  SILVA Award

In 1983 SILVA (Sweden) AB decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation. The awards were to enable Federations to honour those who have contributed in a special way to the development of orienteering. With the assistance of SILVA (UK) Ltd this was interpreted, within the UK, as being a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.  Indeed, nominees may not be active or retiring members of the British Orienteering Board, nor part- or full-time employees of the Federation.

All members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.

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Mapping Awards

To encourage the production of high quality maps the Map Group, on behalf of British Orienteering, awards a number of trophies to encourage high standards of mapping and related activities. 

Traditionally, the three cartographic mapping awards (Chichester, Silva and Walsh Trophies) would be awarded for maps first used in competition during 2020. The Coronavirus epidemic has severely limited the number of events held in 2020 and expected to be held in 2021. Consequently, Map Advisory Group, have agreed not to make awards in those categories for 2020 but to invite nominations in early 2022 for maps first used in the two years between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021.

British Orienteering are inviting nominations for the 2020 Bonington Trophy, which is awarded for contributions to mapping rather than for the cartography of a specific map. Entries must be submitted to info@britishorienteering.org.uk before Sunday 7th March 2021, using the form below.

7.  Bonington Trophy

This trophy was donated to British Orienteering by its Honorary President, Sir Chris Bonington, the world famous mountaineer. The trophy consists of a piece of rock collected from the summit of Mount Everest on Chris' 1985 expedition, mounted on a wooden plinth. It is awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping.

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More detailed information about each award is available from the Volunteer Awards or Mapping Awards pages.

Who do you think deserves official recognition for their hard work and commitment to our sport?  

Who are you going to nominate for the above awards? 

All nominations for the awards below should be made by midnight on Sunday 7 March 2021 and sent to: info@britishorienteering.org.uk  

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