There are thousands of people who are committed to the development and delivery of orienteering within the UK each year.
FINAL CALL: TWO DAYS TO GO!
Deadline for all nominations is Sunday 24 February 2019
British Orienteering wants to 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 recognition for their hard work, dedication and effort they have given tirelessly to our sport throughout 2018?
Who are you going to nominate?
To find out more about the awards and how to nominate, click here.
Orienteers are getting ready to navigate their way to the 2019 British Night Championships in Aberdeenshire this weekend – Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February.
Mar Orienteering Club (MAROC) and Grampian Orienteers (GRAMP) are getting ready to welcome orienteers as they arrive in spectacular North East Scotland for an Aberdeenshire adventure this February at the British Night Championships Weekend.
The main Muir of Dinnet event on Saturday night is not to be missed, offering a true test of technical ability. With a complex moraine landscape and higher parts presenting a profusion of gullies, rocks and crags, the terrain varies between very fast open moor and clean forest floors to more physically demanding steeper heathery slopes. Planner Drew Tivendale’s courses will not disappoint!
If you’re making a weekend of it! There is a Scottish Orienteering Urban League Sprint at Cove, Aberdeen earlier in the afternoon on a new map which Team GB’s Graham Gristwood and Chris Smithard have been busy working on alongside planner Pete Lawrence. Emit Touch Free Emitags will be used at this event which is being organised by Grampian Orienteering Club.
Sunday (24 February) will also see the first CompassPoint Scottish Orienteering League of 2019 take place at beautiful Birsemore, Aboyne. Birsemore Hill rises to 333 metres and includes some intricate areas on the steep northern slopes with a wealth of contour and rock detail including cliffs and crags. The majority of the area is covered with runnable plantation. The area was a firm favourite during the 2017 Scottish 6 Days and Mar Orienteering Club’s Andy Oliver is the course planner.
Registration, download and parking are within the Aboyne Academy/Community Centre Complex.
Further information for the Sprint can be found on the Grampian Orienteering Club's website here.
Please see Mar Orienteering Club's website here for details of the British Night Championships and SOL1.
British Orienteering would like to wish all members a great weekend of orienteering in spectacular Scotland. British Orienteering would also like to take this opportunity to thank Grampian Orienteering Club and Mar Orienteering Club’s volunteers for all their hard work behind the scenes. Wishing all members an enjoyable and fun weekend of orienteering.
The following Directors will be standing down:
The Board will be seeking to replace the above two Elected Director vacancies at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2019 on Friday 19 April 2019.
The roles are for full terms of three years.
We welcome applications from any person who is eligible to undertake the role of a Company Director.
British Orienteering's Chair Judith Holt, says:
"This year we have two vacancies for elected directors to be voted on to the Board at this year’s AGM. These positions are open to any member of British Orienteering; no previous committee work is necessary. If you have knowledge of how organisations work and can step back and think strategically about the sport then you could contribute to the work of the Board."
"Particular areas of expertise such as commercial fundraising or marketing are useful but the essential is to be able to assimilate a wide range of views and work with the other Board members to reach decisions about the ongoing governance and future of the sport."
"We are looking for people from diverse backgrounds to stand for the Board, including gender, race, age, disability, to give us a rounded point of view. In 2019 we particularly want to encourage people from other parts of the UK to put themselves forward for election. Our current elected directors all come from England and we would like to extend our reach further afield across the UK."
All applicants must be nominated by two British Orienteering members.
In the past year, we have been meeting in Manchester and Birmingham and we are looking at ways that we can meet in other parts of the country to make the board more accessible. We pay for any reasonable travelling expenses.
For further information please contact Chief Executive Peter Hart or Chair Judith Holt.
Nominations have to please be submitted by 17:00 Wednesday, 27th February 2019.
Jennie Taylor Communications Officer caught up with Megan Keith from Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC) one of our junior athletes selected to compete at the European Youth Championships for the first time.
Club: Inverness Orienteering Club (INVOC)
When did you start orienteering?
"I think I was 6 or 7 years old."
What do you enjoy about orienteering?
"I like how there are both mental and physical challenges on a course and I enjoy the atmosphere at big events."
Do you have a coach?
Who was the first person you told when you were selected for European Youth
Orienteering Championships? "
My mum and dad, then I messaged my sister in South Africa!"
What kind of training have you been doing to prepare for it?
"I have been training in lots of layers of clothes as it’s probably going to be very hot in Bulgaria!"
What advice would you give to people wanting to get into the GB Team?
"You have to be able to commit to travelling to as many of the selection races as possible in order to get a good range of results."
Thank you, Megan. We wish you all the best with your final preparations.
European Youth Orienteering Championships 2018 takes place in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria on Thursday 28 June – Sunday 1 July 2018.
Find out more about the 2018 European Youth Orienteering Championships here.