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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 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.

The full set of reports on the World Games 2017 are available below:

The World Games 2017 continues with the Sprint Relay

Tessa Strain finished in 13th place at the World Games Middle Race

The World Games moves on to the Middle Distance tomorrow

Seventh Place for Ralph Street at the World Games

The World Games 2017

 

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