Nominations Open for 2015 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 2015 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, there will be voting by you, members of Orienteering USA, for the athletes who have been nominated. After the nominations are received, each member of Orienteering USA will be able to vote online for one nominee in each award 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. This voting will occur starting on or about the 20th of November and will end in early December. The actual dates will be published when the voting starts.

Nominations are open now and will close on Sunday, November 15th. 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 2015, 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 2015, based on results at national and international events.
  3. Comet of the Year is awarded to the most improved USA orienteer in 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015. 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 15th) 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


PREVIOUS AWARDEES

YearCategoryAwardee
2014Orienteer of the Year Samantha Saeger, NEOC / OK Linné
 Junior Orienteer of the Year Ethan Childs, GMOC
 Comet of the YearMatej Sebo, BAOC
 Orienteering Team of the YearU.S. Women’s Senior Team

2013Orienteer of the Year Alison Crocker, CSU / SMOC
 Junior Orienteer of the Year Ethan Childs, GMOC
 Comet of the YearTom Puzak , MNOC
 Orienteering Team of the YearU.S. Team to the World Games

2012Orienteer of the Year Alison Crocker, CSU
 Junior Orienteer of the Year Andrew Childs, GMOC
 Comet of the YearGiacomo Barbone, CSU
 Orienteering Team of the YearSenior USA Orienteering Team

2011Orienteer of the Year Alison Crocker, CSU
 Junior Orienteer of the Year Andrew Childs, GMOC
 Comet of the YearAlexandra Jospe, CSU
 Orienteering Team of the YearU.S. Ski Orienteering Team

2010Orienteer of the Year Samantha Saeger, NEOC
 Junior Orienteer of the Year Hannah Burgess, USMAOC
 Comet of the YearAlison Crocker, CSU
 Orienteering Team of the YearTeam USA at the North American Orienteering Championships

9 Nov 2015