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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01629 583037.
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).
“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.”
Full results and legs split times are now available – here.
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.
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.
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.