We are delighted to announce the appointment of Fanni Gyurko (FVO) as performance director for the Scottish Orienteering Association. The board has unanimously agreed to co-opt Fanni until this year’s AGM when she will stand for election by the membership.
This year’s coaching courses have now been added to the new look courses page of the website. Lead coaches and club development officers are reminded that Coaching Foundation courses can be run for individual clubs if you have 6-8 interested participants. These courses are not assessed, but provide beginners with the tools and confidence they need to get started on the coaching pathway. Get in touch with Suzanne if you feel this is the way forward for your club.
The 2022 Scottish Inter-Clubs Championship sped into full action as the majority of the clubs got their first scores on the board, following the EUOC Big Weekend.
The Big Weekend featured two scoring events, with an Urban race around the West End of the city, and then a Classic distance race on the iconic Arthur’s Seat. The Urban race also counted as the first event in the 2022 Scottish Orienteering Urban League, and both events were included in the UK Orienteering League programme, so there were a large number of visitors from over the border in attendance.
There is a new leader in the Large Clubs division of the SICC, as ESOC took full advantage of the races being in their home city to notch more than 40,000 points for the weekend and catapault themselves straight into the lead, with a 5000 point margin over FVO.
It was a good weekend for ELO in particular in the Small Clubs division, as, led by some impressive junior performances, they opened up a fairly comfortable lead over Roxburgh Reivers to head the table after the first scoring event for the smaller clubs.
MAROC continues to lead the Junior Inter-Club table, but has been closed down by both FVO and ESOC, with several lowland events to follow soon, while ELO’s juniors top the table for the Small clubs.
Full results from the weekend are with Robin Strain, and league tables after three events are here.
The next event in the Inter-Clubs Championship will be ESOC’s SOUL races on 6th February, followed by a Dark ‘n’ Dunes Weekend, as ESOC and Interlopers host the Scottish Night Championships and the first event in the 2022 Scottish Orienteering League the following weekend.
The Sprint World Orienteering Championships is coming to Edinburgh in July 2024!
Although it is still over 2 years away we are keen to ensure that we make the most of the opportunity from WOC to promote and develop our sport in Scotland. That means that we need to start putting some project plans in place now. The SOA staff team has come up with some proposals which we hope that clubs will want to buy into, and to that end we would like to get your feedback on them.
**** Don’t forget to give us your feedback by completing the survey by Mon 17th Jan! ****
The 2022 Scottish Inter-Club Championship kicked off on Sunday, with a regional event at Cambus o’May, Ballater, which was organised by MAROC.
This year’s SICC has a very different format to previous years, with results from the entire season, over a variety of formats, being tallied to produce the champion club, rather than from a single championship event.
Host club MAROC got their campaign off to an excellent start, with their competitors winning five of the seven classes, and they notched a most impressive 22409 points for the event. Neighbours GRAMP were also prominent, with Pete Lawrence’s win on the Green course garnering the most points of any athlete on the day.
Moravian, Interlopers and EUOC were also amongst the points, while the remaining clubs will take their chance to open their account at the EUOC Big Weekend in two weeks time.
Event results are on the MAROC website and championship standings after the first event are here.
The 2022 Scottish Inter-Club Championships kicks off this weekend with the first event, at Cambus o’May, Ballater, which will be hosted by MAROC.
The Inter-Club Championship takes on a vastly different look this year, with all five individual championship events (Long, Middle, Sprint, Night and Score) counting towards the total, as well as results from the Compass Point Scottish Orienteering League, the BTO Solicitors Scottish Urban Orienteering League, and regional events from around Scotland.
A briefing note has been prepared, giving more background on how the championships will operate, how scores are calculated and which clubs have been assigned to the “Large” and “Small” categories for 2022.
Good luck to all participants and all clubs – it promises to be an epic season of orienteering!