Congratulations to Lt Col Charles Bromley Gardner on receiving an Army Sports Control Board Lifetime Achievement Award for his Services to Army Sports.
Col Charles has had an active role across skiing, rugby, athletics and of course, orienteering throughout his regular and reserve service both in terms of personal performance and officiating.
The awards ceremony will take place at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Thursday 21st November 2019, to celebrate with the winners and sportsmen and women from across the British Army.
The Cyprus International Orienteering Festival participants will have exclusive use of the HylatioHoliday Village during the dates 10-15 March 2020. This will also be the Event Centre.
Events at: Kourion, Lophou Village, Kouris Dam, Melanda North and Melanda South
Flyer available from the Coaching Officer facebook page
Unless otherwise stated all Army orienteering events have a no dogs on the course policy.
Competitors are discouraged from bringing dogs, but they are allowed in the carparks when on a lead. Dogs are not welcome at Registration, on courses, or at the catering stand.
This is to comply with Range Standing Orders and the DIO Licence for non-entitled civilians.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
The planners course that was on this week but cancelled due to low numbers has beem re-scheduled for 11-14 Nov 19.
This is an ideal opportunity to learn/refresh your skills and knowledge to put on fair but challenging courses for your units/contingents/leagues.
See the events page for appplication details
Army competitors claimed podium places at the British Sprint and the Middle Distance Orienteering Championships over the weekend of Sat 14 and Sun 15 Sep 19. Congratulations to double Silver medallist Maj Rob Ashton (M35) and Bronze Medallists, SSgt Vicky McCreadie (W35) in the Sprint and Lt Col Rich Mawer (M45) in the Middle distance. Commiserations to Maj Rich Barrett (M45) who was on route to a medal in the Sprint before injury struck.
Note the RLC Corps Champs will be held as below, this is the weekend before the Inter Corps Champs at Caerwent/FOD:
Sat 23 Nov RLC Champs (DFOK, South East Night Champs) – AI & Entries Sec (tbc)
Sun 24 Nov RLC Champs (SLOW, Regional, Hankley) – AI Entries Sec (tbc)
The Entries Instruction for these events is now on this web site (see the Event details)
With the start of a new season I thought that this is a good opportunity to request Units to volunteer to Organise an event. There are still a number of dates available this year.
Besides the League points being awarded to the Organiser, Planner, Controller and Unit it helps to ensure that we can get as many possible events on throughout the year.
Any volunteers or questions regarding organising an event please contact myself.
SSgt Dickinson (MLS Secretary)
The Army Orienteering Association (AOA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lt Col Richard Mawer AAC as Captain of the Men’s Army Orienteering Team. He takes on the role from Maj Emmit Andrews who we thank for his sterling contribution to the Men’s Team and maintaining our unbeaten record at InterService level.
AOA has agreed to include a Veteran category in future Inter Corps Competitions and the attached draft document is enclosed for consultation.
Should you wish to comment, please forward any observations to Maj Andy Johnson, AOA Secretary (Via the link on the AOA page) by the end of October 2019.
Is this the year to miss the JK? - No, as the event is now in 2021, and after the JK!
It will be mandatory for all competitors to carry a whistle from the start of the 2019/2020 MLS Season. The competitor will not be allowed to start without a whistle. For those who do not have a whistle they will be available for purchase at registration for a £1.
SSgt Dickinson (MLS Secretary)
The Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall operates to support wounded, injured and sick personnel. The centre's goal is to help these people to achieve the best possible recovery so that, they can either return to service duty or to help with the transition back into a civilian life. The Battle Back centre is part of the MoD Recovery Capability Programme which helps to provide sports and adventurous activities for injured and sick personnel across the armed forces.
The Orienteering Foundation is pleased to announce support for another coaching day in the Lakes on Saturday 23rd November 2019. They are particularly keen to promote coaching of adult orienteers, who are often under-served, but also welcome groups with their own coaches. There will be a limit of 120 individual and group participants, given the limited size of the area, and to preserve a quality coaching experience. First come, first served.
Date – Saturday 23rd Nov 2019.
With immediate effect no AOA sponsored orienteering event and or activity utilising the AOA DIO Licence has authority for Mountain Bike Orienteering:
- That no Service Person is to organise or participate in Mountain Bike Orienteering under the banner of an AOA event or activity; and,
- That the AOA considered Mountain Bike Orienteering to be an adventure training activity outwith its remit to organise or govern.
The Army Orienteering Association presented a cloth plaque to recognise the support of Brig James Woodham CBE MC in his role as AOA President between 2013 and 2019 outside Main Building, Whitehall recently.
We wish Brig James many more years of successful cunning running as he hands over the AOA reins to Col Ed Heal.
In the photograph, Brig Woodham receives his plaque from AOA Secretary, Maj Andy Johnson.
The Adventure Show broadcasted this year’s JOK Chasing Sprint on BBC Scotland.The show is now available to view ...
Anyone who is acting as a planner/organiser/controller at an event or running a coaching session for a club (unless they are a licenced coach) need to have attended an Event Safety Workshop in order for them to be covered by the BOF insurance. It is a one-time 4 hour interactive session. Katy Stubbs (BKO) runs these within SCOA, as and when required by sufficient people. Contact BAOC Secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your details to be passed on.
Lt Col Charles Bromley Gardner has been competing for the British Trail Orienteering team this week in the World Championships near Monsanto in Portugal. (You may remember that he planned both days of TrailO at JK19.) After a disastrous start in the individual competition, he was still selected for the British team of three in the Relay Championship (with John Kewley MDOC and Tom Dobra BOK). All came good on the day, with none making any errors (one of only two of the 21 Open teams so do to) in the PreO stage; a steady TempO stage allowed Spain to come past to take the Silver medal...Read more...
We are yet to have a volunteer come forward to act as MLS Secretary. We think we have someone lined up to take over next summer, but to we NEED someone to cover the next 12 months. A Regular/ Reservist/ FTRS individual above the rank of Sgt is what we are looking for.
Please volunteer if you can, the committee roles are vital to keep the league running and moving forward; a league that is enjoyed by more than 1000 runners each year.
Get in touch as soon as possible,
Mon 8 July- Further update on Ian's 500 Mile “Battle Back” Grand Prix 3-7 July 2019
Ian has now completed the ride and done over 500 miles, although he had to walk the last 100m as he got a puncture as he came around the last corner. He is now up to £6005 on his Just Giving page, so thanks to all who have donated. You can still give, just go to the page from the flyer. Ian travels hundreds of miles to attend MLS and other military events, and even though he is ex-RAF, we still look forward to seeing his tents at O events.