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)

The National award for Tulloch Homes Young Orienteer of the Year was created in 2018 to recognise the significant contribution young people are making within their clubs and to the sport of orienteering. Every year Scottish Orienteering are impressed by the incredible nominations we receive and the considerable level of volunteering being undertaken across the country by the amazing young people in our sport. This year was no exception, it was clear that young people rose to overcome the challenge presented by the pandemic and found innovative ways in which to continue to offer orienteering int heir schools, clubs and communities.

“It has been very pleasing to see such a strong group of nominations for this year’s Young Orienteer of the Year award.  Young people are the key to the future strength of our sport and these nominations can give us confidence that the future is in good hands.” Anne Hickling, Chair Scottish Orienteering

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of sportscotland said:

“Congratulations to Daisy McNamara on winning the prestigious Young Orienteer of the Year Award.

“Daisy has shown real commitment to her sport, not only as an athlete, but also as a coach. She has demonstrated the passion and enthusiasm required to encourage more young people to take part in sport and physical activity through the sessions she delivers at her home club on Arran.

“These have been very difficult times for everyone, so it is particularly rewarding to hear of people like Daisy who have risen to the challenge and given so much back to the sport that they love. Daisy is a very deserving winner of this award.”

Daisy was presented the Tulloch Homes Young Orienteer of the Year trophy as well a voucher kindly donated by Go Ape for a fun family adventure when she is back from a summer orienteering overseas with the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad. Daisy was presented the trophy at Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships taking place on 1st June at Scone Palace in June by Anne Hickling (Development Director).