Moravian are the Sport Moray Team of the Year
Scottish Orienteering’s connection with one of the big players in the Scotch Whisky industry went an unexpected step further last Tuesday evening when Moravian were the recipients of the Gordon & MacPhail Senior Team Award at the Moray Sporting Recognition Awards ceremony in Elgin Town Hall.
The club also had three individual finalists. Kathryn Barr had been nominated by Forres Academy for the Heather Stanning Intermediate Sportswoman of the Year award. Rosie Pye was nominated by Active Schools for the School Sport Volunteer Award while Roo Hornby had been nominated by the club for the Diageo (another whisky company!) Club level Award.
All three individuals were beaten to the various awards by some very worthy opponents, but nobody else came close to the club for the Team award which was sponsored by the parent company for the Benromach Distillery in Forres which sponsored Moray 2013. Some of you will fondly remember the whisky tasting evenings held in Dyke in 2013 and Inverness this summer as part of the 6-Day Event social programmes.
Orienteering has enjoyed a huge profile in Moray as a result of recent 6 day events, the World Championships and a relentless publicity campaign by Moravian to support their regular diet of local events and schools programme. Moray Council's convener, Allan Wright, who was a guest at Darnaway during WOC, talked at length about the impact of WOC during his vote of thanks at the awards night while the compere for the evening, Moray Council's Corporate Director of Education and Social Care Laurence Findlay, spoke warmly about the impact of orienteering in local schools.
To quote the citation in the Awards Night Brochure:
Due to the significant volume of work that this team has undertaken in 2015, and how much it has impacted on Moray and raised the profile of the sport, it would have been unfair to shortlist any other team in this category, therefore an outright winner
Donald Grassie, Moravian's Chairman, received the engraved quaich from Neil Urquhart, G&M's Director of Human Resources and Compliance and was joined later on stage by club members Scott Hamilton, Hannah Kingham, Rosie Pye, Liz Barr and Kathryn Barr to celebrate the award which reflected well on the contribution made by a great many people in the club over the previous 12 months.