President’s medal awarded to Claire Ward
The President’s Medal is awarded to someone the SOA President considers to have made a significant contribution to Scottish Orienteering. In my time as President, the recipients have all been people who have generously given their time and talent to Scottish Orienteering – people who have put service to fellow orienteers before their own performance.
However, in 2012 it is with great pleasure that I award the President’s Medal to someone who has come back from adversity, to become the top orienteer in the UK.
The 2012 President’s Medal is awarded to Claire Ward.
In an ESOC “O-Zone” magazine from about 9 years ago – Claire was asked “How long have you been orienteering” – her response was “Ever since I was born” She was also asked “Ambitions?” and responded “To do well in the World Champs”.
2012 has been a very successful year for Claire. At the European Champs in Sweden in May 2012, Claire finished top Briton in Sprint (11th), Middle (20th) and Long (21st), so hopefully her ambition is not far away from being achieved on the World stage.
Claire first achieved International success with JWOC from 1995 to 1997. However, an injury following an accident set her progress back, and after the birth of her two children in 2007 and 2010, and some hard training, is now back up there at the top – at the recent JK2012 she won the Woman’s Elite competition.
Claire holds down a full time job as a Tax Advisor, but she also has a young family to look after… and then find some time to squeeze in training.
Claire, you are an inspiration to all of us, and it gives me great pleasure to award you with the President’s Medal for 2012.