Nominations for 2013 Orienteering USA Competitive Awards open

Orienteering USA Competitive Awards for 2013


The Competitive Awards Program’s goals are to recognize and reward outstanding competitive accomplishments by U.S. orienteers at the end of every year. The program committee solicits nominations from the Orienteering USA membership for several different awards and selects a deserving winner of each award by the end of the year. The winners will be announced and receive prizes. In certain cases, honorable mention will be made for deserving athletes.

The nominations are now open and will close on December 22, which is one week after the Relay and Night-O Championships which are being held December 13–15.  See below for the description of the awards, who is eligible, and where to send nominations.

The awards are:

(a) Orienteer of the Year -- awarded to the best USA orienteer in 2013, 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 2013, based on results at national and international events.

(c) Comet of the Year -- awarded to the most improved USA orienteer in 2013, 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 2013, 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 in good standing of Orienteering USA 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 2013. 

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 committee making final selections from the nominees consists of: Patrick Nuss, Peter Gagarin, Boris Granovskiy, Linda Kohn and Peter Goodwin (chair).

Please send nominations (due no later than December 22) for any or all of the awards, along with a brief supporting commentary of why the nominee deserves to win, to the subcommittee chair, presently Peter Goodwin (pgwolfe [at] gmail.com).


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