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Tweet Monday 19th November 2018

Julie Cleary (LOK) takes on an Orienteering Control Challenge

London Orienteering Klubb longstanding member and controller Julie Cleary has decided to take up an Orienteering Control Challenge to give back to her chosen charity of 'The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia.'

Julie comments: “When I had my stroke 10 years ago I was diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is an inability to formulate or understand language, often caused by strokes but any brain trauma can cause the condition – like dementia. Fortunately, I could understand what people were saying to me but I couldn’t answer them – at all at first. My Speech and Language Therapist worked very hard with me teaching and helping me speak, read and write again.”

“For one month I’m trying to find 120 control flags. That’s 1 control for each month of the 10 years since my stroke and currently, I’m three-quarters the way through. I have now found 89 controls: in glorious sunshine in Godalming and Northaw on 20 and 21 October, on Sunday 28th in the cold and rainy environs of Knole Park, Sevenoaks and last weekend at the Winchester Urban race and the marshes of the November Classic.

"Life without language is frightening and a lot frustrating – I know that now. Any donations however small would be welcome to my chosen charity, the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, whose work aids research into the condition and whose grants help people who have lost their voices.”

Finding 120 control flags

To find out more - please see details of Julie's Orienteering Challenge at this link: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/juliecleary

 

Orienteering Control Challenge for The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia on MyDonate

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Visiting 120 orienteering controls - 1 for every month in the 10 years since my stroke.

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Tweet Sunday 18th November 2018

On-line training now available on YouTube

Following the pilot of online training, we’re pleased to announce that all three sessions are now available to view on YouTube.

To view the session on YouTube simply visit British Orienteering’s YouTube channel:
British Orienteering on YouTube

A positive future is forecast following the live online training pilot and subsequent survey.

Leading the pilot, Peter Brooke commented: “The numbers viewing the sessions live was really pleasing and grew with every session. The data also shows that members have continued to watch each session as a recording achieving one of our key aims of providing support and training at a time to suit individuals. During the pilot we were aware of some technical issues and with each session now on YouTube, they should be available for everyone to access.”

“The survey has also helped us to understand key topics members wish to see and how best to promote these.”

Check out British Orienteering's YouTube Channel

From the survey, members told us that the best way to hear about the webinars we’re through their own clubs email and British Orienteering's centrally published e-newsletters, so don’t forget to select the member newsletter when renewing your membership.

(Those completing the survey could pick more than one option).

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Response percentage

Club email

55.88%

British Orienteering newsletter

47.06%

British Orienteering website

41.18%

Facebook

17.65%

Twitter

11.76%

Other

11.76%

In addition to viewing on YouTube, the sessions can continue to be viewed through the Microsoft Teams application using the previous links.

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Tweet Friday 16th November 2018

British Schools Orienteering Championships 2018

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November 2018

Witton Park, Blackburn

Organised by Pendle Forest Orienteers, South East Lancs. Orienteering Club, Lakeland Orienteering Club and Octavian Droobers.

Saturday 17th November World Schools Qualification Races & Training Event
Sunday 18th November British Schools Orienteering Championships 2018

Supported by the British Schools Orienteering Association

Final details for these two events are available here.

Overall Organiser Melanie Elkington, says: 
"We wish all athletes the best of luck in both competitions and are hoping for a dry weekend."

 

 

 

Officials

Overall Organiser: Melanie Elkington

Saturday SQE: Planner – Richard Tiley; Organiser – Hamish Willis; Controller – Barry Elkington

Saturday training: Planner – Bridget Jardine; Organiser – Hamish Willis

Sunday: Planner – Stephen Richards; Organiser – Barbara Alexander; Controller – Richard Tiley

 

Many thanks to United Utilities, Blackburn Council and Witton Country Parks for allowing us to use their areas.

 

British Orienteering would like to especially thank Melanie Elkington and all the officials for their hard work involved in organising this weekend.  Wishing all attending a fun and enjoyable weekend of junior orienteering.

British Schools Orienteering Championships 2018
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Tweet Tuesday 13th February 2018

Celebrating British Orienteering’s Unsung Heroes: Orienteering Coaches

Celebrating Orienteering Coaches

In the next of our series celebrating British Orienteering’s Unsung Heroes, we look at those who provide the guidance and support to help everyone improve and achieve their potential, our coaches.

What inspired them to become a coach?

How do they adapt to different ages and skill sets and what does the future look like for maximising coaching for club members?

Neil Harvatt.  Credit: Vince Grealy (YHOA)

Peter Brooke British Orienteering’s Development Officer contacted Neil Harvatt, a Coach of the Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club to try and find out more.

Like many people in roles across clubs, Neil almost fell into the role when Humberside and Lincolnshire Orienteering Club (HALO) needed a new coach. Coupled with retirement, a desire to help others whilst improving his own personal skills and simply doing more orienteering, everything fell into place and he’s not looked back.

Neil commented: “Running HALO’s club nights in Beverley, alongside my coaching in schools are particular highlights. I like seeing everyone’s enjoyment as they pick up new skills and then being asked back and into other schools gives me great personal satisfaction.”

As in any sport, coaching is never easy with such wide-ranging abilities of individuals in every club, but it’s a challenge Neil thrives on and his passion is evident throughout our chat.

Neil added: “It’s not easy, but it’s important to keep a balanced approach, building on the desires and current skills of our club members. During club nights I always try and focus on core skill activities whilst pairing up members with different levels of experience to help everyone learn from each other.”

Whilst the principles of the sport are the same, coaching continues to evolve and improve thanks to a dedicated network across the country. From a personal point of view, Neil highlighted how becoming a coach helped him to improve his own orienteering skills along with the satisfaction he gets from others simply saying thank you.

Neil concluded:  “It’s not about being perfect or even the best orienteer, no one does a course and becomes a good coach overnight. It’s how you listen to and work with orienteers for their benefit that will improve you. Anyone can do it.”.

Do you know someone who works tirelessly within your club and should earn the recognition they deserve?  Why not nominate them for one of the British Orienteering Volunteer Awards?

Simply 'Log in' to the member's section of the British Orienteering website and click the 'Get Involved' tab and click on Volunteering.  Click on the link of the 'Volunteer awards' to access the award categories and download the nomination forms.  It is really easy to do.  Just follow the link and get nominating.

Additionally, if you have ideas you want to share on how we can improve volunteering within the sport we’ll be very happy to hear from you. Email: pbrooke@britishorienteering.org.uk

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