2017 IWA: Siri Christopherson Wins Wilson Award


Philadelphia, PA -- The Wilson Family, in partnership with Orienteering USA, is pleased to announce the winner of the fourth annual Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award.  This 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 winner, Siri Christopherson of the Cascade Orienteering Club will receive a $1,000 travel grant.


Siri, a native of Renton, Washington, is recognized by peers, coaches, and community leaders for sharing her love of orienteering with others. One of her coaches, Michael Schuh, writes, “She eagerly steps forward to help others with exercises or to offer explanations of techniques.” This contribution extends throughout her community. She is the youngest member of Serving Our Society, a local youth organization, and offers her talents as a ski instructor for 4-6 year olds each winter.

Siri was a member of the 2016 Junior National Team and the first alternate for Junior World Orienteering Congress (JWOC). She will use the grant to support travel as she works to earn a spot at JWOC 2017 in Tampere, Finland.

Iain’s friend and college cross-country teammate Anthony Belber writes, “Siri's application caught my attention when she spoke of how learning from her mistakes and making adjustments on a course teaches her about more than just orienteering." Belber continues, “I am reminded of how Iain saw the world differently thanks to his experiences as an orienteer, and am excited by all the wonderful young people who are also growing from their connections to the sport."

Siri is the sister of 2015 Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award winner Tyra Christopherson, who has continued her orienteering career upon entering college at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall of 2016.

Writes Kris Beecroft, President of Orienteering USA, "The Wilson Awards have supported our growing community by recognizing eight athletes over the last four years. As our community of young athletes grows, the resources provided by the Awards help athletes gain experience and amplify the impact of Orienteering USA's programs."

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/membership

About The Iain Wilson Character Through Competition Award

The Iain Wilson Awards were established in 2013 to support the efforts of young U.S. orienteers. Awardees are selected through a competitive application and review process. Learn more about the award at www.orienteeringusa.com/wilsonaward or write to iainwilsonaward@comcast.net.

posted 23 March 2017