Call for 2017 Competitive Award Nominations

Nominations Open for 2017 Orienteer of the Year Competitive Awards

The Competitive Award Program’s goals are to recognize and reward outstanding competitive accomplishments by U.S. orienteers at the end of every year.

The Program Committee is currently soliciting nominations from Orienteering USA membership for athletes and teams who demonstrated outstanding performance during the 2017 national and international orienteering season. As usual, the Committee is looking for nominees in several different award categories, listed below. The winners will be selected by the Committee and will receive prizes and recognition. In certain cases, honorable mention will be made for deserving athletes. A list of past winners is included at the end of this announcement.

This year, once again, there will be voting by you, members of Orienteering USA, for the athletes who have been nominated. After the nominations are received, the Committee will select several finalists in each award category.  Each member of Orienteering USA will then be able to vote online for one nominee in each category. The committee will then use the results of the voting to help determine the winners of the awards. It is expected that the voting will be a dominant factor in the committee’s decision.

In addition to public recognition, the winner of each of the individual awards will receive a $500 stipend to be used on orienteering expenses during 2018. The 2017 stipends have been made possible thanks to a very generous donation.

Nominations are open now and will close on Monday, December 18th. See below for the description of the awards, eligibility rules, and where to send nominations.  Nominate an outstanding athlete or team and, in a few sentences, state why your nominee deserves the award.

The awards:

  1. Orienteer of the Year is awarded to the best USA orienteer in 2017, based on results at national and international events.
  2. Junior Orienteer of the Year is awarded to the best USA orienteer no older than 20 in 2017, based on results at national and international events.
  3. Comet of the Year is awarded to the most improved USA orienteer in 2017, based on results at national and international events.
  4. Orienteering Team of the Year is awarded to the best USA national or club orienteering team in 2017, based on results at national and international events.

Eligibility rules:

To be awarded any of the individual awards a nominee has to be a USA citizen and must be a member of Orienteering USA in good standing during the current calendar year. Additionally, for the Junior Orienteer of the Year award, the nominee must be no older than 20 at the end of 2017. To be selected to the Orienteering Team of the Year award, all team members have to be Orienteering USA members and represent the U.S. or an Orienteering USA member club in competition. Competitors in any forms of orienteering are eligible, including Foot-O, Ski-O, Mt.Bike-O, Trail-O, and ROGAINE.

The committee making final selections from among those who are nominated includes Ken Walker Sr, Patrick Nuss, Sue Grandjean, Linda Kohn and Boris Granovskiy (chair).

Please send nominations (due December 18th) for any or all of the awards, along with a brief discussion of why the nominee deserves to win, to Boris Granovskiy.


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posted 29 Nov 2017