2013 Golden Troll Award Recipients

The Orienteering USA Golden Troll Award is designed to recognize those individuals who have provided exceptional service to the sport of orienteering that extends beyond the local club level. Each club may recognize only one member each year.

Dick Arnett (OCIN)

Dick has been a member of OCIN for many years, and he has been essential to the success of OCIN's Flying Pig events for over ten years, including several national orienteering championship events, U.S. Team Trials, and at least three Interscholastic Championships. His contributions have included running SportIdent download computers, and providing, setting up, and operating generators and public address systems. He is always involved with setting up and tearing down the daily event center and finish corridors as well as the daily packing, transporting, and unpacking equipment into the rented vans or box trucks. His personal workshop is an essential part of Orienteering Cincinnati's success because it is used for the design, fabrication, and maintenance of much of our equipment. He is a regular course setter for local events, and as an early arrival to most local events, he often helps to set up the event center and to assist in whatever needs to be done. As a former scoutmaster and an active amateur radio operator, he has a diverse set of practical, technical, and organizational skills. He is an active orienteer and is a current member of the U.S. ARDF Team. He is proactive and hard-working. Dick Arnett's volunteerism, work ethic, and service reflect great credit upon himself, Orienteering Cincinnati, Orienteering USA, and the entire orienteering community in the United States.

Clare Durand (LAOC)

Clare Durand has been a reliable and enthusiastic supporter and practitioner of the sport of orienteering both locally in Los Angeles, and nationally throughout her adult life. At various times she has served as president for LAOC, president of Orienteering USA, on the Rules Committee and as Pacific Region representative. Clare has been significantly involved in all A-meets that LAOC has held since our first in 1999. She is the genius and workhorse of a highly successful Annual Youth Meet in Los Angeles that was held for the 17th time this year. She has organized weekend training camps for LAOC for multiple years. She has and continues to mentor juniors. She managed the first youth league for LAOC this past year. She has shared her training experiences with others memorably including the Compass Hokey Pokey and Coaching certification. She's one of the few people in the country who know how to set appropriate Trail-O courses. LAOC and Orienteering USA are fortunate to have her support.

Vladimir Stemkovski (BOK)

Vladimir has been one of the mainstays of Backwoods Orienteering Klub over the past 10 years and has volunteered much of his time to Orienteering. Soon after joining BOK, Vladimir began setting courses, directing events, and mapping. When changes are needed on our existing maps, Vladimir jumps in. Vladimir was in charge of control setting and vetting for our last A-meet in 2012, The Birkhead Wilderness Classic Championship. He did major updating of areas on that map for our championship event. Vladimir also assisted in our past three A-meets as a team leader.

Vladimir is an important asset to our club, and without Vladimir's help, BOK would not be as solid as it is today.

Gavin Wyatt-Mair (BAOC)

In 2013, BAOC will hold its twenty-first annual Scout O'. Gavin Wyatt-Mair has been the event director for all of them. For many of them, he also set the courses. The Scout O' is three events in one day: a morning point-to-point event for teams of boys, girls, and adult leaders; an afternoon score-o for individual Scouts; and a B-meet for club members and others. Gavin directs it all with calm, cheerfulness, and fairness. The Scout O' has become BAOC's largest event, with more than 500 Scouts and leaders from 50 units, and is a major occasion on the Northern California Scouting calendars.

In the national arena, Gavin was a leader in BAOC's 2009 JWOC bid, and co-directed our 2011 U.S. Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Championships.

6 Dec 2013