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Tweet Friday 22nd September 2017

EGM 2017 Booklet

The Extraordinary General Meeting of British Orienteering Federation Limited will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday 14th October 2017, venue;         The Studio, Riverside West, Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS1 4AW

There are three proposals; 

  • To include the Isle of Man in the territory over which British Orienteering governs the sport of orienteering.

  • To clarify the situation regarding Directors who have served their maximum term in office. Currently, the situation is unclear and we would like to follow the good practice identified in the new governance code by making it a minimum period of 4-years during which a director cannot stand again. This is in line with good practice and a change required by Government.

  • To clarify the membership of the Appointments Panel that is used to make nominations to the Board regarding independent directors. This is also in line with the new Governance Code of Practice and required by Government.

The EGM Booklet, containing details of the EGM, the proposals, supporting statements and the proxy voting form is available here.

If you are not attending the EGM but would like to cast a vote, please complete the proxy voting form attached in the EGM Booklet following the instructions included.

The Association and Club Conference will follow the EGM after a short break.

The theme of the conference will be to consider our competitions and local events and the part they play in delivering our Strategic Plan. This is a theme that should interest everyone as it looks at the heart of the sport from local events through to major events.

All members are invited to attend and we would encourage as many of you as possible to come along and have your say! If you are interested, please fill in the registration form provided and return by email to info@britishorienteering.org.uk or by post to; British Orienteering, Scholes Mill, Old Coach Road, Tansley, DE4 5FY no later than Friday 6th October 2017.

As in previous years, we also encourage Associations and Clubs to nominate two chosen representatives to represent their views. Association and Club Chairs or Secretaries will need to confirm the names of delegates attending on behalf of their Association or Club. This will register their attendance and these delegates will be eligible to have a contribution to their expenses paid by British Orienteering (details in ‘expenses details’ document). Association and Club Chairs or Secretaries should also nominate their delegates by Friday 6th October 2017 by emailing the registration form to info@britishorienteering.org.uk

We would love and encourage other members that are interested to attend, however, any expenses will need to be covered by the individual, club or association depending on individual arrangements.

Nearer to the conference date we will provide an agenda, this will be circulated and then published on the website here.

Please Note: attendance at the EGM is not confirmation of attendance at the Association and Club conference. Confirmation of attendance is needed for the conference to enable accurate catering requirements.

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Tweet Thursday 21st September 2017

Big Grant for a Small Club!

Sport England has awarded Sarum Orienteering Club a grant of £8,865 towards the costs of a project aimed at growing participation in the sport. The Sarum Greenshoots project will establish a weekly after-school junior club to give the experience of the sport to youngsters and families new to orienteering as well as those already involved.

Sarum Chairman Ian Peirce, said:  “We are delighted that Sport England has chosen to support this project which we hope will give youngsters and their families an experience of an exciting outdoor sport that is available to people of all ages and skill levels.”

Club Coach Liz Yeadon, said:  “This will provide us with the resources to provide entry-level skills and training for newcomers to orienteering as well as developing the capabilities of more experienced orienteers. The programme will provide opportunities for youngsters to move on to the regional squad and, potentially, into national and international competitions.”

Photos by Shane Wilkinson

The junior club will meet on Monday evenings after school during term times starting in September this year and will be lead by Junior Development Officer Phil Conway.  Phil, who has successfully run a similar project for Guildford Orienteers, said “Club members will learn the basic skills to navigate their way around a mapped area safely and confidently and in a fun and informative way. The programme will also include exercises to develop mental reasoning and problem solving as well as increasing the physical fitness of the participants.”

Further information on this and orienteering can be found on the website of Sarum Orienteering Club at http://sarumo.org.uk/

Peter Hambleton from Sarum Orienteering Club who successfully applied for the grant has kindly offered to help should anyone wish to get help with a grant application   If this is of interest please contact National Office who can provide Peter’s contact details. 
Email:  info@britishorienteering.org.uk or Tel:  01629 583037.

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Tweet Wednesday 20th September 2017

2017 Northern Ireland Individual Championships and the Senior Home International Individual Event successfully hosted by Fermanagh Orienteers

Fermanagh Orienteers - Come west to see the best

Jennie Taylor, Communications Officer at British Orienteering, caught up with Philip Mc Goldrick at Fermanagh Orienteers who recently hosted an international event in Florencecourt and Castle Saunderson in Northern Ireland last weekend.

Philip told Jennie about the recent Northern Ireland Orienteering Championships and the Senior Home Internationals competition.

"Fermanagh Orienteers, known as Fermo, are a friendly Orienteering club based in the Fermanagh, Cavan and Tyrone area.  We hold regular orienteering and training events all of which can be checked out on our orienteering club Facebook page or on the Fermanagh Orienteers website.

We recently hosted the Northern Ireland Orienteering Championships incorporating the Senior Home International Competition between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.  We were pleased to receive many compliments about the quality and organisation of this event.” 

There were 220 competitors including the internationals with many coming from all over Ireland.  The Northern Ireland orienteering Championships saw two local champions in two of the age classes.  Ciara Largey from Omagh who won the women’s W21 Elite and Swanlinbars Garbhan Mc Goldrick who won the men’s 12

Left Photo: Ciara Largey winner of the W21 Elite. Photo supplied by Fermanagh Orienteers. Right Photo: Left to right:  Ben Cairns, Lagan Valley Orienteers (2nd place), Garbhan Mc Goldrick, Fermanagh Orienteers (1st place) and Oliver OKane, Lagan Valley Orienteers (3rd place).

Philip continued:

“The Senior Home Internationals competition was very close with England and Scotland in a tie at the end of Day One in the Individual race in Florencecourt with Ireland just ahead of Wales.
 

Day Two was held at Castle Saunderson and was the Relay competition.  Here England just pipped Scotland by the narrowest of margins.  Ireland finished in 3rd place and Wales in 4th.
 

Orienteering is a sport for all ages and abilities, an adventure sport, a sport which values the outdoors and treats the countryside it uses with the greatest respect.  We would like to encourage more people to give it a go.”

 

SHI Relays Results

Full results and legs split times are now available – here.
 

 

NIOC/SHI 2017 Results

Results from the 2017 Northern Ireland Individual Championships and the Senior Home International Individual Event – available here.
 

 

British Orienteering would like to thank Fermanagh Orienteers for hosting both of these competitions and for providing a great weekend of orienteering.  Congratulations to all who took part.

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Tweet Friday 14th July 2017

Record Breaking Day For British Team at the Junior World Orienteering Championships Long Race

Today the GB JWOC squad ran the long distance race in Särkänpera, Finland, with courses of over 10.7km for the men and 7.6km for the women. There were, once again, many strong performances from our team, with records being set along the way.

Sasha Chepelin continued his superb run of form, coming in in 7th place in a very tight race, just 7 seconds off a podium position. Sasha will no doubt be slightly frustrated with another near miss, as reflected in his post race interview, ‘I'm not actually too happy - my race was pretty scrappy and I nearly ended up doing the butterfly loop backwards. I felt a bit better after taking on some energy, but I'm not sure I used my energy that well, as I feel OK now.' However, his JWOC 2017 individual discipline positions of 7th, 5th, and 7th make him the first Brit to ever gain 3 individual top tens, showing outstanding consistency against the very top of the international scene. 

Elsewhere in the men’s race, Alex Carcas tactically retired after a mistake to focus on the relay tomorrow, and Harrison McCartney finished in 68th, after battling through from an early start, making the tracks for everyone else. Ali Masson finished in 60th after a race he described as ‘horrible, horrible, horrible’ and Nathan Lawson and Matt Fellbaum both achieved top 50s, coming in 47th and 39th respectively. 

In the women’s race, history was also made, with 3 top 20 finishes in the JWOC long race for the first time ever, with GB one of only four countries with this strength in depth (a group which notably doesn’t include Finland or Sweden). This means that the relay A team for tomorrow all ran exceptionally, with Jenny Ricketts and Fiona Bunn separated by just 6 seconds in 13th and 14th respectively, and Grace Molloy in 20th to post her second top 20 in her first ever JWOC races, following on from her 19th in the middle final. Fiona said of her first top 15, ‘I was pleased to finally get a decent result, even after a shaky start to the race. It was a tough one, but I'm very proud of the whole team's performances and super excited for the relay!!!’ 

Meanwhile, Chloe Potter ran herself to 71st place, about a minute behind Alice Rigby, who finished in 65th, with Cecilie Andersen less than 3 minutes off a top 20, finishing 34th. 

Full results are available at http://online4.tulospalvelu.fi/tulokset/en/2017_jwoc_long/

Alongside Fiona, we are also excited for the relay races tomorrow, where both the Men’s and Women’s teams have real chances of a podium finish. Follow the event live from the links on the JWOC website, with the Men off at 11:30 BST and the Women next at 12:45 BST. 

Credit - David Bunn

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