Month: June 2022

New WOC Development Project manager Post

With just an hour until the finals of the Sprint World Championships in Denmark (good luck to all the British athletes), we are already looking ahead to WOC 2024 with excitement. Do you want to be part of the success of WOC 2024 and capitalise on this opportunity for orienteering across the country? Come join our team and scope out the project plan on an initial 6 month contract. We are looking for a highly motivated individual, someone with fresh ideas and a sound background in project planning, marketing and delivery. This project will be all about partnerships! We are seeking an enthusastic person to work with Scottish Orienteering, British Orienteering, WOC 2024 organising committee and clubs.

Do you know how to make a project come to life? Can you raise the profile of WOC2024 and the sport? Can you work with clubs, schools and partners to deliver an exciting programme of events and activities to engage people in orienteering with all eyes towards the streets of Edinburgh in 2024? Apply before 25th July!

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High quality racing opportunity for aspiring performance athletes

The British Team selection races for the European Orienteering Championships (Estonia) and Word Cup Round 3 (Switzerland) will take place on the 9-10 July in Scotland. It is a good opportunity for Scottish performance and aspiring performance athletes to race on high quality maps and courses. Some great racing on offer in Culbin and Glendye

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Scotland Vets Selection Policy for VHI 2022

On her appointment as Performance Director Fanni Gyurko has raised the topic of selection criteria and team selection for all teams representing Scotland at Home Internationals, with support from the SOA Board of Director we are publishing here the selection policy for the VHI due to take place in October. Please read below and any questions can be sent to Veteran Team Manager Janice Nisbet.

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FVO work hard to claim the 2022 Jamie Stevenson Trophy

After missing a couple of years due to covid, it was great to see lots of smiling faces on Moncreiffe Hill yesterday for the 2022 Jamie Stevenson Trophy.

Twelve clubs from across Scotland brought teams along to enjoy this junior inter club competition.  The sun shone and there were smiles all round for the club parade started off the event.

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President’s Medal Winner: Judy Bell

The President’s Medal was introduced by Donald Grassie in 2001 to be awarded by President primarily for services to Scottish Orienteering. Since 2001 there have been many worthy recipients but never before have we had such consensus as to an individual winner on a given year. Richard Oxlade, President of Scottish Orienteering, announced that Judy Bell (ESOC) was the winner of the President’s Medal for 2021. Judy received several nominations and is a very worthy recipient of the award.

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Daisy Wins Young Orienteer of the Year Award

The winner of Young Orienteer of the Year 2021, sponsored by Tulloch Homes, was presented to Daisy McNamara. Daisy lives on Arran and is a member of Ayrshire Orienteering Club as well as a member of the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad (ScotJos).  She has initiated orienteering sessions on Arran, offering more young people an opportunity to enjoy and progress in the sport. She also successfully received grant funding from the Orienteering Foundation to buy orienteering equipment for use by the school and community. 

Daisy being Presented Young Orienteer of the Year by Anne Hickling (SOA Chair)
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Summer Orienteering on Kintyre and Arran

Looking for a holiday in Scotland this summer? Enjoy good quality orienteering? Then there is still space on the Coast and Islands Orienteering Week – 6 days of orienteering on Kintyre and Arran at the end of July.

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Welcome Keith Dawson as Chair of SOA

A warm welcome to our new Chair of Scottish Orienteering, Keith Dawson (INT). Keith was voted in at the AGM on 28th May and we look forward to working with him to realise the vision of our Mapping the Way Forward Strategy 2020-2024. Keith brings to the role over 48years experience in the sport of orienteering as well as coveted experience from the business and charity sectors. Keith is a well known face within the Edinburgh orienteering scene as well as a representative for mountain bike orienteering on the IOF. Welcome Keith to the SOA!

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SOA AGM 2022

The SOA AGM took place at Crathes Hall on Saturday 28th May. We would like to thank all those who attended the meeting and contributed to the discussions. We have published the minutes of the AGM and the finalised Accounts for 2021 below.

Before announcing the new incoming Directors we would like to say a sincere thank you to those that have participated in guiding the organisation forward this year and played an important role as Directors on the SOA Board, namely: Bridget Khursheed (RR), Neil Rankin and Peter Heffernan. Also to Anne Hickling who remains our Development Director and has been highly committed and done a tremendous job as our Chair for the past 3 years. Thank you to you all.

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Free to Run – Veteran Women’s Munro Relay

Some of you may be aware of an inspiring group of women including Fran Loots, our Development Officer and former staff member, Sarah Dunn as well as a number of orienteering club members are undertaking an amazing feat. The challenge to continuous self-propel round the munros in Scotland. You can follow the challenge on Facebook and read more about the project below.

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