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Tweet Friday 14th February 2020

British Championships 2020 - Final Closing Date for Individual Entries

Report by Helen Errington and Andrew Evans British Orienteering Championships 2020 Day Organisers and joint Coordinators.

Sunday 23 February sees the final closing date for individual entries to the British Long Championships 2020.

Please make sure that you have renewed your British Orienteering membership well before you try and enter the event as if not, you might miss out on your entry being accepted by the closing date.

Also this date is the first price rise for Relay teams. Calling all Club Captains make sure you are ready to take advantage of this lower fee for your teams.

We now have over 1,000 entrants and the teams are busy getting the information together for the Event Programme. The area is looking great and we hope that the weather is going to be favourable for the weekend.

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The British Orienteering Championships - Individual Long and Team Relays will take place over the weekend of the 21 and 22 March 2020.

Entries via Fabian4 here.

Sunday 23 February - final closing date for individual entries
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Tweet Friday 14th February 2020

Annual General Meeting - Key Dates Fast Approaching!

BRITISH ORIENTEERING FEDERATION LIMITED
Registered in England & Wales No.1606472

Notice is hereby given that the 39th Annual General Meeting of the above-named Company will be held at River Tees Watersports Centre, The Slipway, North Shore, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2NL on Friday, 10 April 2020 at 17:00. All members are welcome to attend.

British Orienteering is looking forward to welcoming all members to this year's Annual General Meeting at the River Tees Watersports Centre after a first competitive day of the JK 2020.

Please note a quick summary of key dates that are fast approaching!

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Looking forward to welcoming all members

Key Date!  Thursday 20 February 2020  

Please forward any items for inclusion on the agenda to the Chief Executive – peter.hart@britishorienteering.org.uk by 17:00, Thursday, 20 February 2020.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is called for the transaction of the following business:

  • Apologies for absence
  • To receive the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 19 April 2019.
  • Chair’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • To receive from the Board the Company's accounts
  • Chief Executive’s Report
  • Proposals
  • To appoint the Company's auditors
  • To decide the annual subscriptions and affiliation fees
  • To transact such other business as may be legitimately brought before it
  • To appoint (as appropriate) the President, and Vice-President(s); and
  • To elect the Elected Directors in place of those retiring
  • Any Other Business
  • Closing of AGM.

Further details of the business of the AGM, including the Agenda, and Voting by Proxy form, will be posted on British Orienteering’s website on or before Tuesday, 17 March 2020.
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Key Date! Thursday 20 February 2020

The closing date for proposals and nominations for Directors is Thursday 20 February - now less than one week away!

Directors

All applicants must be nominated by two British Orienteering members. For further information or a preliminary discussion, please contact the Chief Executive or Chair.

British Orienteering is looking for new elected directors to take office at the AGM, which will be held at the JK in April 2020. There are three places on the board up for election.

These include two vacancies:  One for a two-year directorship, replacing Graham Patten, who has resigned.  One for a three-year directorship, replacing Judith Holt, who will stand down having served the maximum of three consecutive terms as a director. Ruth Beale has agreed to stand for election for a further three-year term as a director, having come to the end of her first term.

This is an exciting time to become a director, with the strategic refresh offering a real chance to shape the future of orienteering in the UK. Providing strategic direction for the sport is at the heart of the role of the board of directors, alongside overseeing the operations of British Orienteering in delivering this strategy. There will also be opportunities for directors who wish to do so to take on additional responsibilities that match their interests and expertise. Board meetings take place four times per year, on a mix of weekdays and Saturdays, and currently alternate between Birmingham, Manchester and London, with further business conducted by email or teleconference between meetings.

These roles are voluntary and unpaid, although reasonable expenses (such as travel to board meetings) will be reimbursed. To function effectively, the board needs directors from across the orienteering community, and nominations for election are welcome from all adult members of British Orienteering. The board would particularly welcome nominations from groups which are currently underrepresented on the board, including women, and people from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. If you wish to discuss becoming a director or would like to find out more about what is involved, please contact Peter Hart (peter.hart@britishorienteering.org.uk)

Nominations must be submitted to Peter Hart (peter.hart@britishorienteering.org.uk)
by 17:00 Thursday, 20 February 2020.

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Key Date!  Friday 6 March 2020

Volunteer Awards

  • Club of the Year
  • University Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • SILVA Award - a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field' activities rather than committee work.

Mapping Awards

  • Chichester Trophy - awarded for the best map produced by an amateur mapper.
  • SILVA Trophy - awarded for Professional Maps.
  • Walsh Trophy - awarded annually to the best urban or sprint map drawn to ISSOM specification.
  • Bonington Trophy - awarded annually for the 'best contribution to mapping' which can cover a whole range of activities related to mapping.

Please click here for more information on how to nominate. 

All nominations are to be sent to info@britishorienteering.org.uk by Friday 6 March 2020.

The AGM will immediately be followed by British Orienteering Awards Ceremony where the following awards will be presented.

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Key Date!  On or before Tuesday 17 March 2020

Voting - How do I vote?

Members will receive an invitation to vote in advance of the British Orienteering AGM by email from Mi-Voice, an independent organisation, who are supporting British Orienteering with the process.

On or before Tuesday, 17 March 2020 you will soon receive your AGM email which will include the Agenda and Voting by Proxy process from the email address: elections@mi-voice.com with instructions on how to participate. This information will also be posted on the British Orienteering website. If the email does not arrive in your inbox please ensure that you check your junk folder.

If you are unable to locate your AGM email please contact Mi-Voice, by telephone (+44) 023 8076 3987 or email support@mi-voice.com.

AGM electronic voting will close at 17:00 on Wednesday, 8 April 2020.

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Thank you for your support.  

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Tweet Thursday 13th February 2020

Can you help our athletes fulfil their full potential in 2020?

Senior Squad Volunteer Support Roles

British Orienteering is looking to appoint a number of volunteer support roles to work with the Senior Squad for 2020. Roles are available to support the squad at International Orienteering Federation (IOF) and other International Competitions including the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships.  The primary roles are Team Manager, Technical Support/Coach and Physio.

The roles are identified to support the athletes in the lead up to and at each competition and they will work together to support the athletes to prepare effectively for competitions. Responsibilities include coordinating the logistics, providing mentoring/coaching support for athletes and to provide medical advice in line with qualifications held (physio role only).

For consistency of experience for the athletes, it is preferred if the positions can be filled by the same people across a number of competitions. However, all offers of support are very welcome and will be considered accordingly.

These roles are expected to take place during the dates indicated below.  However, communication via phone and email to British Orienteering and athletes prior and post-competition would be required when necessary.  

Competitions

Competitions

World Cup 1,
Switzerland

Pre-WOC Training Camp, 
Denmark

World Champs,
Denmark

Universities World Championships,
 Russia

European Championships,
Estonia

World Cup 3,
Italy

Dates

20 - 24 May 

1 - 3  June 

7 - 11 July 

14 - 18 July

19 - 23 August

1 - 6 October

Roles Available

Team Manager

 

Team Manager  

Team Manager

Team Manager

Team Manager

 

Technical Support/Coach

Technical Support/Coach

Technical Support/Coach

Technical
Support/Coach

Technical
Support/Coach

Technical Support/Coach

 

 

 

Physio

 

Physio

 

Competition Roles

Team Manager

As Team Manager you will manage the GB team attendance at competitions aiming to provide, as far as possible, a stress-free competition experience for the team. You will have experience of managing team attendance at international competitions.

Your role will organise and coordinate the logistics for the GB team attending Senior International Competitions, including internal travel, food and training and will involve liaising with Competition Organisers. Your role as Team Manager at the competition will include the final declaration of athletes nominated for each race.

You will have knowledge and experience of International Orienteering Competition, excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to remain calm in high-pressure situations. 

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Technical Support Volunteer/ Coach

As Technical Support Volunteer you will be able to provide coaching/mentoring support for athletes whilst at the competition, including coordinating training and supporting the athlete’s preparations for each race.  

You will have knowledge and experience of International Orienteering Competition, relevant coaching experience, excellent communication and organisational skills with the ability to remain calm in high-pressure situations.  

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Physio/Massage

As a Physio/Massage Volunteer, you will work with the Team Manager and athletes, to ensure that the athletes are prepared as far as possible, to deliver their best performances at the competition.

The role will include supporting athletes commensurate with your qualifications during their competition, communication with the athletes and support teams to ensure understanding of the athlete’s current condition.

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Costs of travel from the UK to competitions, accommodation and other associated competition costs will be covered by British Orienteering.

To apply please submit a short statement indicating your experience in relation to the role description to: rhandley@britishorienteering.org

Closing date:  2 March 2020

Potential appointees will be asked to take part in an informal telephone interview.

British Orienteering is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds and walks of life to apply for these roles and to reflect the team.

Come and join us.

Senior Squad Volunteer Support Roles 
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Tweet Friday 7th February 2020

Outdoor Fitness Adventure Magazine - Features Orienteering!

Source: 'Best 2020 Fitness Challenges' article in Outdoor Fitness and Adventure's Magazine; February 2020 issue.

Orienteering is featured in the '15 Thrilling New Year Fitness Challenges' article.  

Credit:  Outdoor Fitness & Adventure magazine. 

"I'm always looking for new ways to spice up my running, and so are our readers," says Lisa Jackson, the award-winning author of two best-selling running books, Running Made Easy and Your Pace or Mine? (which will shortly be released as an audiobook) who included orienteering in her review of 15 Thrilling New Year Fitness Challenges in the February issue of Outdoor Fitness & Adventure magazine. "While researching this article I was delighed to discover that you don't need to attend organised orienteering events - there are courses laid out in urban and rural locations where you can try it out at your own pace and at a time that fits in with your schedule. I was also delighted to discover that orienteering events are held nationwide, which meant including it would appeal to all our readers, not just ones who lived close to certain events. Map-reading engages your brain and is a distraction from your aching limbs while running, so it's a great sport I think more people need to hear about."

Read the full article below.

Credit:  Outdoor Fitness & Adventure magazine. 

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