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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Volunteer Week 2022

Lynne Walker

Lynne has been a mainstay of Scottish Orienteering for many years now.  As well as volunteering in BASOC both on the committee and as a coach, she has fulfilled many roles for the wider orienteering community in Scotland as well. 

Lynne in tutor mode expanding horizons
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Exciting new opportunity to join the team

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to join our SOA Development Team on a full time basis. This is an exciting time to join our team as we look forward to maximising the opportunity of hosting the Sprint World Championships 2024 in Edinburgh and raising the profile of our sport over the next few years. Closing date for application is Monday 27th June.

This post would suit a motivated individual passionate about driving forward development within the sport of orienteering. Should you have questions about the role please do contact Fiona@scottish-orienteering.org

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Orienteering Dundee

Despite being one of Scotland larger cities, Dundee has not seen much orienteering activity in recent years until now. Thanks to the Sprint Scotland team, the Scottish Sprint Champs in March at Balgay Park provided a springboard to encouraging wider participation in orienteering.

Enjoying MapRun at Camperdown Park Dundee

It has been great fun watching enthusiastic newcomers over the past couple of months. Now we need to see how we can support them to continue enjoying our sport.

When we mention we are going orienteering he jumps out of bed and is dressed just like that. He loves it

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Volunteer Week 2022

James Laird

James Laird has sometimes been referred to as “Mr. INVOC”. As well as being one of the Clubs top runners, with creditable showings in National events over many years, he has served two 3-year stints as club president, before moving on to become volunteer coordinator.

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