Scottish Orienteering President’s Medal 2013
Anne Hickling (GRAMP) was awarded the President’s medal by SOA President Roger Scrutton at the AGM on Saturday 25 May, following a fantastic day’s orienteering in beautiful sunny weather at the Scottish Orienteering Championships at Loch Doon, Ayrshire.
The President's Medal for 2013 has been awarded to Anne Hickling (GRAMP), primarily in recognition of her recent successful organisation of the World Trail Orienteering Championships in the Dundee area in 2012 and her current work as Chair of the Scottish 6-Days Company, which includes the delivery of the 6-Days Festival in conjunction with the World Orienteering Championships in 2015. The level of external collaboration involved in both these enterprises has required a cool head, a steady hand and excellent organisational skills, and with WOC, will continue to do so until the event is complete. Scotland's reputation as an venue for international orienteering has, without doubt, been enhanced by Anne's good work.
However, 2013 is also the 40th Anniversary of Anne becoming an orienteer and almost immediately becoming involved as a volunteer helper and organiser. This started at the University of Durham and then continued in her local club in Essex, HAVOC, of which she was Chairman. In 1995, she and Rob moved to Scotland and joined GRAMP. Anne has been Chairman of GRAMP twice, the second time in 2006-2009, leading up to GRAMP being awarded the BOF "Club-of-the Year Award" in 2009. Anne herself was awarded a BOF "Services to Orienteering Award" in 2010 for "her commitment to the development of the sport in and around Aberdeen". On top of all of this she was SCORE Editor 2001-2005, and is now pushing hard for a higher profile for TrailO in Scotland and working as a Club Coach.
Thank you, Anne, and please keep up the good work!