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Share  Tweet Friday 21st January 2022

WOW! World Orienteering Day to take place 11 - 17 May 2022

The goals of World Orienteering Day are about increasing the visibility and accessibility of orienteering to young people, increasing the number of participants both in school orienteering activities, as well as club orienteering activities in all countries of all National Federations. It is also about helping teachers to implement orienteering in a fun and educational way and to get more new countries to take part in orienteering.

Each World Orienteering Day event gives those new to orienteering the possibility to try our amazing sport!

The dates for World Orienteering Day 2022 are between the 11th and the 17th of May, and any activity held can be registered as a World Orienteering Day event.

Find out more here

11 - 17 May 2022
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Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

Development Conference – Week 2 Summary

We can’t believe it!  We are halfway through the Development Conference already.

This week British Orienteering was delighted to put on three more diverse sessions.

On Monday, Neil Cameron from The Orienteering Foundation presented the Retaining Beginner Orienteers session using key points from their Newcomers Retention Project.  This project looked at the welcome newcomers get through club websites – how they look and how user-friendly they are for a newcomer to navigate through.  The importance of knowing the demographic your club wishes to attract and putting things in place to practically extend a warm welcome was emphasised.

Supporting Club Development through the employment of a Club Development Officer was the focus on Tuesday evening.  Andrew Evans opened the session by presenting how The Orienteering Foundation supports clubs through funding development initiatives.  Caroline Mackenzie, from a club committee perspective, then talked about how Cleveland Orienteering Klub shaped a plan and recruited a Club Development Officer. Mary Fleming then finished the session by sharing some of the development work, including ‘Couch2Green’, she has been working on at Cleveland Orienteering Klub since her appointment.  The Orienteering Foundation, with the support of British Orienteering, would love to see clubs apply for funding for future development projects.

The topic on Wednesday was Access and Permissions – An Ecologist and Landowner’s Perspective.  We were delighted to invite Richard Burke and Leanne Sargeant from Forestry England.  Richard is involved in Recreation Management and Leanne is an Ecologist, responsible for managing the issues in forests in Southern England, including the unique habitat of the New Forest.  The session gave us an appreciation of the balance between encouraging recreation and ensuring Conservation and Biodiversity.

There are still four more Development Conference sessions available to book on to. 

Monday 24 January   WOC 2024 Development Opportunities Presenter: Sarah Dunn, Scottish Orienteering Association
Thursday 27 January Women’s Sporting Journeys Presenter: Hannah Sprake, Sports Marketing Surveys
Tuesday 1 February Safeguarding Presenter: Peter Brooke, British Orienteering
Wednesday 2 February Engaging and retaining young people - Additional Session Presenter: Fran Loots, Scottish Orienteering Association

To find out more information and to register click here.

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Share  Tweet Thursday 20th January 2022

British Orienteering Announces Review of Accreditation Scheme

British Orienteering is proud to announce a review of the British Orienteering Recognised Centre Scheme.

This review aims to cover the process, structure, benefits, and purpose of the accreditation. The objectives are to seek insight from all stakeholders, act on the insight received and ensure compatibility with the Strategic plan 2022-2027.

British Orienteering wants to seek the views and thoughts from all outdoor centre and activity providers to help support the Recognised Centre Accreditation (the kitemark for delivering Orienteering) going forwards.

Please find the link to the online questionnaire here.

The questionnaire should only take approximately 5 minutes to complete and British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your support. Your feedback is important to us.

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Share  Tweet Wednesday 12th July 2017

Sasha Chepelin On The Podium At JWOC!

In the men's sprint today, Sasha Chepelin ran a great race, from a late start, to finish in 5th, 17 seconds behind the eventual winner, Olli Ojanaho (Finland) and just 7 seconds behind bronze placed, Joey Hadorn (Switzerland).

The course was technical, with many intricate route choice legs that provided a challenge for the athletes. Sasha said "A steady and secure race overall, but with a few small misses which cost me a really nice result, but the podium is already well beyond what I was hoping for at the sprint race. I really didn't put much effort into geeking nor hours into training for the discipline. In the end, it was a case of planning ahead and taking the foot off the gas frequently, and I think that suited many forest specialists very well, including me!"

Sasha on the podium

Alex Carcas and Ali Masson were within one second of each other, finishing 24th and 25th respectively. Both said they had good runs, but they both saw places afterwards where they could have saved time. Harrison McCartney finished in 80th, with only two and a half minutes separating the top 100.

In the girl's sprint race, Cecilie Anderson ran a strong race against a very competitive field to finish in 20th, +1:26 on the time of the eventual winner, Simona Aebersold (Switzerland). Alice Rigby followed in 27th after a solid and stable race. Finally, Chloe Potter ran into 52nd place.

The complexity of the course and high density of the controls made mistakes very easy to make. Unfortunately, due to this, Fiona Bunn, still recovering from illness, and Nathan Lawson saw missed punches, but no doubt they will be looking to bounce back strongly later in the week.

Alex Carcas

Full results can be found here. The athletes are having a deserved rest day with the long race next on Friday.
Credit - Aidan Rigby

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