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Tweet Friday 28th July 2017

Chief Executive Vacancy

Location: Matlock, Derbyshire

Organisation: British Orienteering

Salary: circa £40,000 to be negotiated dependent on experience and proven competence

Contract: Full Time

Closing date: 4th September 2017

British Orienteering is the National Governing Body for Orienteering in the UK with the vision that Orienteering is the ‘go to’ outdoor sport for people wanting to test themselves physically and mentally.

We are a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, with in the region of 10,800 individual members and many other participants enjoying the sport infrequently. We are striving to build on our past success by expanding our participation base into new markets as well as developing our athletes to compete at the highest level in international competitions.

We are looking to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide enthusiastic leadership to drive and support the implementation of our 2017/25 strategic plan through from national level to the grass roots of the sport, whilst ensuring the highest level of governance.

The CEO is the executive director on the Board and Company Secretary supporting the Board and directly manages our small staff team. Much of the work of British Orienteering is carried out by highly dedicated volunteers, therefore, a knowledge of how volunteers are developed, motivated and managed is essential.

Key aspects of the role include managing the finances of the organisation, promoting the sport within and outside of the organisation through effective and influential communication, and ensuring compliance with our legal obligations e.g. company law, safeguarding, equality, data protection.

The person appointed will have at least 2 years’ experience of working in a strategic or leadership role and 3 years’ experience of senior staff management. They will have demonstrated the ability to manage conflict, solve problems and manage change. The experience of working in or with the sports sector is desirable.

The role will be based at the National Office in Tansley, near Matlock; in exceptional circumstances, other bases may be considered however attendance at the National Office for a significant part of each week will be required. The nature of the role requires flexibility and adaptability as well as preparedness and willingness to travel to meetings/events and work unsocial hours.

British Orienteering is an equal opportunities employer, and applications are welcome from all suitably qualified individuals. We are particularly interested in achieving gender parity and greater diversity generally in our organisation. We, therefore, welcome applications from individuals who can help us achieve this.

Job Description and Person Specification

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter to info@britishorienteering.org.uk

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Tweet Thursday 27th July 2017

The World Games Sprint relay: Denmark back on winning form

The first three runners from Denmark were able to stay with the pack before Maja Alm made a gap on the rest of the field in a fast and tight sprint relay race around the soggy Wroclaw Zoo. Their lead was 26 seconds over Switzerland, and Russia took third place, 40 seconds behind.

Results
1st Denmark
2nd Switzerland
3rd Russia
5th Great Britain

Great Britain finished in a very impressive 5th place only 1:20 behind the winners and 42 seconds from a podium finish! Here's what the athletes thought of the experience:

Tessa, Peter, Ralph and Megan after the Sprint Relay

Tessa Strain said:  “I was happy with my race. I know my fitness isn't as good as the best and so I just focussed on getting my controls right and was pleased to be within touching distance of the lead.”

Peter Hodkinson said:  “I think we performed well as a team and I'm happy with a strong run on my leg. I started with a small gap ahead of the main group of favourites and worked hard to gradually close this throughout the course. By the end, I had gained time on the leaders and set Ralph off with the main pack so I'm satisfied that I did the job that needed to be done. There were a lot of routes doubling back in the zoo so I was often able to see the teams ahead which really helped me to push on as I saw the runners ahead getting closer to me.”

Ralph Street said:  “I was really excited to be going out amongst some good runners, there were a lot of 50/50 decisions to start with and we stayed together as a pack. Around halfway through the zoo, I saw an opportunity to potentially gain time and this put me into the lead of the pack. From there I tried to push on and close the gap to Kyburz, unfortunately, my orienteering suffered a little bit but overall I feel I did gain time by making this tactical decision.”

Megan Carter Davies said:  “Tessa, Peter and Ralph sent me out in a great position. I knew that realistically I was not going to hold our 2nd place so there was no point worrying about it but instead have a good run for me. I did that and was happy to see that I was actually able to keep with the other girls out there. I misread the hedges after the arena passage allowing Helena to overtake but otherwise, I am really happy with how that went and am very proud of my teammates for doing such a great job today.”

Congratulations to all the athletes that have taken part in The World Games 2017. The GB team will now look ahead to World Cup Round 3 in Latvia which takes place on 25th - 27th August 2017.

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Tweet Wednesday 26th July 2017

The World Games 2017 continues with the Sprint Relay

The World Games 2017

Get set and most definitely get ready for another exciting day of top world class orienteering tomorrow.    

The World Games 2017 being held in Poland continues tomorrow with the Sprint Relay race. 

The Great Britain team who will be competing.

Women
Tessa Strain
Megan Carter-Davies
Men
Peter Hodkinson
Ralph Street

The Sprint Relay is a mass start race and starts at 08:00 (BST).

Watch all the action as it happens on www.LIVEOrienteering.com

British Orienteering and all members would like to take this opportunity to wish the Great Britain team all the very best as they compete in the Sprint Relay race tomorrow. 

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Tweet Monday 17th July 2017

World TrailO Championships – TrailO Relay and PreO Day 2

TrailO Relay, The Capitals Golf Club, Pipiriškes

There was controversy from the outset at the Relay day on Friday when athletes arriving in time for a 9.00 a.m. start to the competition had to wait for the best part of two hours before the competition to get under way, because the golf course owners had not allowed any placement of the flags before the day of the event.

Things got no better when first leg finishers reported several doubtful control sites and one decision point with the only two SI boxes when there were three flags at the control site.

Discontent continued as the officials and volunteers battled to complete the final TempO station within a reasonable timescale, but such were the number of complaints, followed by official protests by several countries, that the announcement of the final results and the prize giving were delayed  until Saturday to enable the hard worked jury to inspect and decide upon the six official protests.

The Jury eventually voided three out of the 27 control sites, accepting some protests, rejecting others. They also confirmed the Organisers’ decision to disqualify the Open class teams from Latvia and Poland and the Para team from Russia for infringements of the rules!

Eventually, in the Paralympic class, Ukraine was declared the winners, followed by the Czech Republic and Norway.

In the open class, the Winners were Slovenia, followed by Norway in Silver and the Czech Republic took Bronze, a second and a half ahead of the Slovak team in 4th who was a second ahead of the Finns in 5th place.

The Norwegian team’s second leg runner, Sigurd Daehli, made orienteering history. Having won World Championship medals in SkiO and FootO in previous decades, he became the first orienteer to achieve a championship medal in three separate disciplines. There is no truth in the rumour that he is in training for next year’s MTBO!

It was also notable for the rise of the central European nations and this year the eclipse of Sweden who finished 10th.

As for the British team of Tom Dobra, Charles Bromley Gardner (who was affected by illness) & John Kewley, they endured a difficult day, before eventually finishing in 14th place.

PreO Day 2,  Aukštadvaris, Lithuania

The second PreO course, held on Saturday, in a mixture of woodland and rough open terrain near the kart track at Aukštadvaris was the final day of what has been an eventful week in Lithuania. Thankfully the sun shone, the course was excellent and testing, and after the adventures of the previous day’s relay, the controls appeared to be largely in the right place and there were no protests at the end of the competition.

The British team had a very satisfactory day overall. In the Open class, Charles Bromley Gardner, still unwell but recovering, held on well to finish in 10th place, one of six competitors with 43 points and the best GBR placing in the Open class since Ian Ditchfield’s podium place in Scotland in 2012. John Kewley with a score of 41 was placed 21st and Ian Ditchfield, on 40, was placed 29th.

In the Paralympic competition, Dick Keighley finished in 23rd place.

Tom Dobra, selected for the GBR TempO & relay teams, won the Public PreO competition over the championship course with a total score of 42 points.

Several of the leading competitors after Day 1 fell by the wayside in the tricky conditions, whilst others had already made too many errors to be able to figure in the top places at the end of the day.

At the end of the two days PreO, the gold medal went to Lars Jakob Waaler of Norway with 45 points, a score also achieved by Pinja  Mäkinen who had taken a few seconds longer at the time controls. The Bronze medal went to Geir Myhr Øien, also of Norway with 44 points, a score also achieved by two former world champions Stig Gerdtman of Sweden, who was placed 4th, and Anne Straube, of Octavian Droobers, a British Orienteering member but here representing her native Germany in 5th position, her best placing for some time. To gain a podium place in this standard of competition is a tremendous performance.    

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