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Tweet Tuesday 21st January 2020

Orienteering gets a positive mention The Guardian Today!

Source:  The Guardian, Tuesday 21 January 2020.
By Micha Frazer-Carroll

Today in The Guardian our sport of Orienteering gets a positive mention in an article featured. 

"The DofE award changes show you don’t have to climb a mountain to build character" by .  

You can read the full story here.

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Have your say about the article by responding to the 'Letters' page in the daily 'Journal' section of The Guardian at the bottom of the article.  Email: guardian.letters@theguardian.com

 

Photo Credit:  Rob Lines
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Tweet Tuesday 21st January 2020

Changes in TrailO 2020 International Selection Policy

The TrailO Committee has revealed that there have been changes made to the International Selection Policy for the European and World Championships in 2020.

The changes reflect those made by the IOF at the recent Council meeting namely:

  • Renaming of the Para Class to (P) Physically Challenged.
  • Increase to the Team size at competitions.

The changes are reflected in the new Policy and can be found here.

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Tweet Monday 20th January 2020

British Orienteering Awards - Who Will You Be Nominating?

British Orienteering wants to acknowledge recognise and reward some of the great work being done across the sport of orienteering by our clubs, coaches, mappers and volunteers of all ages.

Who do you think deserves to be congratulated for their particular hardwork and efforts they have given to the sport in 2019? 

Photo credit: Steve Rush (BOK)
Photo credit: Wendy Carlyle
Photo credit: Rob Lines

Orienteers within all of our clubs up and down the country give endless hours of their time to our sport. Often very quietly and behind the scenes and don't make a fuss about what they regularly do.  Many orienteers spend hours mapping and planning for a specific club or national event or have put in hard graft over the year and have developed new club initiatives and activities in 2019. 

Together let's recognise this fact and put our heads together and nominate the people within your club who you think deserves national recognition for their contributions given to our sport.  British Orienteering are looking for nominations from members and clubs. 

There are many Annual Award Categories up for grabs, and they include:  

  • 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. 
  • 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.  

     
  • 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:
    1. engaging new people in orienteering; 2. improving the performance of orienteers; 3. mentoring and developing other coaches. 

  • 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. 
  • SILVA AwardAll members can nominate someone they believe has made a significant contribution to orienteering through ‘field’ activities.
Photo credits:  Bob Haskins
Photo credits:  Bob Haskins

As well as the following Mapping Award Categories:

Photo credit: Rob Lines
Photo credit:  Colin Matheson
Photo credit:  Colin Matheson

ALL Award Nominations need to be sent in to National Office by: 17:00 on Friday 6 March 2020. 
Please email through ALL nominations to: info@britishorienteering.org.uk 

All awards will be presented at the 2020 British Orienteering Annual General Meeting on Friday 10 April 2020 at 5pm (on Day 1 of the JK 2020).  

For more information on all the awards, please email:  info@britishorienteering.org.uk

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Tweet Tuesday 25th July 2017

Seventh Place for Ralph Street at the World Games

Day 1 of the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland and Ralph Street was top Brit taking seventh place in the sprint race. It was incredibly close for the placings around Ralph with 0.4 separating 5th to 8th. Ralph was delighted finishing in his highest position ever in a senior international sprint race.

Peter Hodkinson finished in a very creditable 12th place.

Peter said after the race: "I'm quite happy with my race. I pushed hard from the start, which set me up well for the race although it did hurt a lot at the end! I made one mistake, taking the wrong alley in the main square, which I think cost me a top 10 position, but I'm pleased with a good result nonetheless. I think I've made good progress this year and would certainly have taken 13th at WOC and 12th at World Games if I'd been offered them at the start of the year. I'm confident I can get a top 10 next year."

Mens
1st Jerker Lysell Sweden
2nd Yannick Michiels Belgium
3rd Matthias Kyburz Switzerland
7th Ralph Street Great Britain
12th Peter Hodkinson Great Britain
Peter Hodkinson in action 
Ralph happy with his result
Ralph Street in action

In the Women’s race, it was a first World Games experience for Megan Carter Davies after her World Championships debut this year. Megan finished up in 17th place and said afterwards:  "It was a decent run and I am quite happy with it. The course was straightforward but I was tiring towards the end and slowing down going in and out of controls"

Tessa Strain finished in 22nd place. Tessa said after the race that "unfortunately, a mistake in the first half of the race meant she didn’t get the result she was hoping for. The rest of the course outside of the mistake went well for her."

Womens
1st Maja Alm Denmark
2nd Elena Roos Switzerland
3rd Lina Strand Sweden
17th Megan Carter Davies Great Britain
22nd Tessa Strain Great Britain

The full results can be found here.

Well done to all athletes today. The series of three races continues with the Middle Distance tomorrow.

Megan Carter-Davies in action 
Tessa Strain sprinting towards the finish
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