Nominations for 2014 Orienteer of the Year Competitive Awards open

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 solicits nominations from Orienteering USA membership for several different awards, listed below, and selects a deserving winner of each award by the end of the year. The winners will be announced and will receive prizes. In certain cases, honorable mention will be made for deserving athletes. A list of past winners is included at the end of this announcement.

The nominations are now open and will close on Nov. 20th, which is one week after the Relay and Night-O Championships held November 14–16. See below for the description of the awards, who is eligible, and where to send nominations. Honorable mentions are also noted where appropriate.

The awards:

  1. Orienteer of the Year is awarded to the best USA orienteer in 2014, 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 2014, based on results at national and international events.
  3. Comet of the Year is awarded to the most improved USA orienteer in 2014, 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 2014, 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 2014. 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 consists of:

Patrick Nuss, Peter Gagarin, Boris Granovskiy, Linda Kohn and Peter Goodwin (chair).

Please send nominations (due November 20th) for any or all of the awards, along with a brief discussion of why the nominee deserves to win, to the committee chair, presently Peter Goodwin at pgwolfe66 [at] gmail [dot] com


Past Winners

2013

  • Orienteer of the Year                          Alison Crocker CSU/SMOC
  • Junior Orienteer of the Year              Ethan Childs, GMOC
  • Comet of the Year                              Tom Puzak , MNOC
  • Orienteering Team of the Year         U.S. Team to the World Games

2012

  • Orienteer of the Year                          Alison Crocker  CSU
  • Junior Orienteer of the Year              Andrew Childs GMOC
  • Comet of the Year                              Giacomo Barbone  CSU
  • Orienteering Team of the Year         Senior USA Orienteering Team        

2011

  • Orienteer of the Year                          Alison Crocker  CSU
  • Junior Orienteer of the Year              Andrew Childs  GMOC
  • Comet of the Year                              Alexandra Jospe   CSU
  • Orienteering Team of the Year         U.S. Ski Orienteering Team