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Meet the SOA Board – June 2024

After the June 2024 AGM, we thought now was a pertinent time to give you a bit of background about your current board and a quick summary of what their jobs involve. You will have seen from the 2024 AGM Booklet that some of the board ( Chair, President, interim Operations Director and Finance Director) have indicated they will step down from their posts in September when an EGM is being held as part of the Club Networking Day in Perth on 14th September (more to follow on this later).

Chair – Keith Dawson

The role of SOA Chair is an interesting and varied one, including Charing the Board to ensure it provides a clear strategic direction to SOA, through ensuring the Board meets it’s financial duties to maintain the health of SOA, to an ambassadorial role with stakeholders. This leads onto ensuring good governance practices are maintained. All this, working with a committed group of like minded individuals working to make sure the sport is a thriving one. 

The last two years have been particularly challenging and interesting. Highlights were ensuring that WOC24 eventually took place amidst major financing challenges, successfully applying for the World Masters MTBO Champs in 2026 and helping shape SOA strategy for the next four years with our major funder Sport Scotland. Sadly my increased responsibilities to Ukraine and recovering from a major injury preclude me continuing. I know my successor will find it an interesting role and much less challenging with WOC24 behind us.


27th June, 2024

Silver medal at European Youth Orienteering Championships

Scottish runners enjoyed some success in Poland at the weekend, with James Hammond (Forth Valley Orienteers) taking a silver medal in the M18 long distance – apparently GB’s first ever forest medal in EYOC history! He was only 6 seconds from the gold.

James Hammond with his silver medal Photo Credit: Judith Bell

25th June, 2024

Embargos announced for the 2026 World Masters MTBO Championships

The 2026 World Master Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (MTBO) are being held in Moray between 3-7 June.

The embargoes areas for the event have been announced and are shown on the following map.

If competitors run in Foot Orienteering events within the embargo areas they can still enter the 2026 event but will be classed as non competitive for the 2026 event.

20th June, 2024

SOA Accounts to 31st December 2023 available to view before AGM on Monday 24th June

The SOA accounts for the year to 31st December 2023 have now been finalised and approved. They are available to view before the online AGM on Monday 24th June at 7pm.

SOA Accounts 2023 - final


20th June, 2024

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