2015 IWA: Christopherson and Childs Win Travel Grants


Philadelphia, PA -- The Wilson Family, in partnership with Orienteering USA, is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award. The award honors the memory of Iain Wilson by recognizing young athletes whose efforts demonstrate character through their commitment to growth and improvement in the sport as well as their contribution to the orienteering community through service and teamwork. This year’s winners, Tyra Christopherson of the Cascade Orienteering Club and Ethan Childs of the Green Mountain Orienteering Club, will each receive a $1,000 travel grant.



Christopherson, a native of Renton, Washington, is recognized for her commitment to building her local orienteering community. She has introduced numerous individuals to the sport and demonstrates a clear commitment to service. At the same time, Christopherson has worked with coaches and peers to develop her orienteering skills and fitness, winning multiple events in the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League. Most recently, she was selected for the U.S. Junior National Team.

(pictured left: Tyra Christopherson receiving a recognition plaque from Iain's father, Graeme at the 2015 Interscholastics Championships award ceremony; photo credit--James McGrath)

Childs, a native of Williston, Vermont, is an accomplished athlete, having been the top U.S. finisher at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in both 2013 and 2014. He is recognized for his diligence and humility as a leading voice for youth development in orienteering. Childs has both coached and captained numerous teams while helping his peers pursue and achieve their goals. (pictured right: Ethan Childs)

Christopherson and Childs were recognized at the U.S. Interscholastic Championship, held March 21–22 at Ridley Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

Glen Schorr, Executive Director of Orienteering USA, writes, “The coast-to-coast nature of this year’s winners demonstrates the reach that orienteering has achieved throughout the United States. Tyra and Ethan are wonderful role models for the next generation of U.S. athletes.”  

Awardees are selected through a competitive application and review process. Iain’s father Graeme writes, “One of the pleasures of this award is seeing just how many talented young people are attracted to orienteering.  It is only through the support of Iain’s friends and family that the award is possible.”

About Orienteering USA

As the sport’s national federation, Orienteering USA represents thousands of orienteers throughout the country.  For more information or to join, visit www.orienteeringusa.org.

About The Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award

The Iain Wilson Award was established in 2013 to support the efforts of young U.S. orienteers. Learn more about the award at www.orienteeringusa.com/wilsonaward, or write to iainwilsonaward@comcast.net.

February 17, 2015