Orienteering USA Competitive Awards

Dear US Orienteering community,

It is my pleasure to announce the establishment of the Orienteering USA Annual Competitive Awards Program. The Program’s goals are to recognize and reward outstanding competitive accomplishments by US orienteers at the end of every year.

The Program has created a subcommittee that will solicit nominations from Orienteering USA membership for several different awards, listed below and will select a deserving winner of each award by the end of the year. The winners will be announced and receive prizes. Commemorative plaques will be awarded to the winners at a public ceremony at a major US orienteering event.

The awards are:

(a) Orienteer of the Year -- awarded to the best USA orienteer in 2010, based on results at national and international events.


(b) Junior Orienteer of the Year -- awarded to the best USA orienteer no older than 20 in 2010, based on results at national and international events.


(c) Comet of the Year -- awarded to the most improved USA orienteer in 2010, based on results at national and international events.


(d) Orienteering Team of the Year -- awarded to the best USA national or club orienteering team in 2010, 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 2010. 

To be selected for 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 subcommittee making final selections from among those nominated consists of:

  • Michael Eglinski (former US Team member, widely-read orienteering blogger)
  • Peter Gagarin (former US Team member, coach, ESC chairman)
  • Boris Granovskiy (US team member, frequent US JWOC team leader)
  • Linda Kohn (ESC chairwoman, former US Team member)
  • Peter Goodwin (Orienteering USA VP Competition), committee chair

Please send nominations (due December 22) for any or all of the awards, along with a brief discussion of why the nominee deserves to win, to the subcommittee chair, presently Peter Goodwin at pgwolfe66@gmail.com.