Patrons of Scottish Orienteering

Scottish Orienteering are delighted to announce that three very high calibre individuals have agreed to become Patrons of Scottish Orienteering.
Jamie Stevenson: Former elite orienteer and double world gold medallist.
Karen Darke: London 2012 Paralympic handcycling silver medallist, Rio 2016 handcycling gold medallist and Trail orienteer.
Cameron McNeish: Mountaineer, walker, author, broadcaster and editor.

27th May 13

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This has been made possible since the move of the Scottish Orienteering Association to charitable status in 2012.

I'm delighted we have the support of three such impressive and enthusiastic individuals as Karen, Cameron and Jamie, leading up to the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland in 2015. I'm convinced with their support, we will continue to  attract more and more people to experience the challenge and thrill of competitive orienteering.
SOA Marketing & Communications Director, Andy Paterson

Jamie Stevenson, SOA patron
Jamie Stevenson

Jamie Stevenson needs no introduction to Scottish orienteers, since he remains the only British male winner of an Individual gold medal at the World Orienteering Championships (2003). Jamie also won gold in the relay (with Graeme Gristwood and Jon Duncan) in 2008, and has a couple of bronze medals too. Now retired from elite orienteering and living in Denmark, Jamie has already leant his name to the premier junior inter-club orienteering competition in Scotland, run every June in Perthshire.

I am very happy to be a patron for Scottish Orienteering, and to lend my experiences with elite orienteering to assist with any publicity work that the SOA may have. It sounds like a great project, and I hope that the SOA reaps the benefits heading towards the World Orienteering Championships in Scotland in 2015.
Jamie Stevenson, May 2013

Karen Darke, SOA patron
Karen Darke

Karen Darke is best known to most people as an elite Paralympian, having won a handcycling silver medal in London 2012 and a gold in Rio 2016. But there is so much more to her than that! Prior to a serious back injury at age 21, she was a keen runner, climber and adventurer and had also taken up orienteering.

Karen hasn’t let her disability dampen her enthusiasm for adventure,  having since completed a 600km traverse of the Greenland ice cap, climbed El Capitan and crossed the Indian Himalaya on a handcycle.  She also managed to keep up with orienteering through Trail-O, a branch of the sport which is accessible to people with physical disabilities. You can read more about Karen’s amazing story on

It's my honour to be a Patron for Scottish Orienteering. Whilst my orienteering days have been limited since training with the British Paracycling Team, my enthusiasm about orienteering isn't any less. Since I discovered the sport as a student and enjoyed running and navigating in Britain's countryside, it was great after I became paralysed that Trail-O could offer a way to continue map-reading and enjoying woodlands in Scotland and overseas. The fun, friendship and adventure it offers, not to mention the physical and mental challenge, impress on me that orienteering is a fantastic sport and a sport for all.
Karen Darke, May 2013

Cameron McNeish, SOA patron
Cameron McNeish

Cameron is a mountaineer, journalist, broadcaster and author of 20+ books on hill walking and backpacking. Although he has never been a competitive orienteer, his knowledge of orienteering comes from the very top, through a friendship with the late Chris Brasher, the “father” of orienteering in the UK.

Cameron’s books reflect a passion for the Scottish countryside, something all Scottish orienteers share, and he has always been a strong proponent of the value of key navigational skills. You can read more about Cameron’s work here:

I'm delighted to become involved with Scottish Orienteering especially at a time when many of us want to encourage young people in particular to take up a healthy and active lifestyle. I've had many years of fulfilment from being able to navigate successfully over Scotland's mountains with a map and compass and I'm keen to encourage others to discover the skills of successful navigation.
Cameron McNeish, April 2013

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by Pat Squire