Event Report: OWA Annual Celebration
Sunday, 13 November 2022
A pleasant morning greeted the nearly 90 orienteers who gathered at Whiteman Park on Sunday 13th November to celebrate a successful year of orienteering. The very attractive 2023 Carnival Banners promoting the National Orienteering Championships that WA is hosting here in late September next year made a very fine backdrop both to our perpetual trophies and yearly awards and for photos taken of trophy winners.
Our President, Anna Napier, was the MC. She thanked all the volunteers who made contributions to the smooth running of the many events that were held over the past year. Those who received awards were:
2022 Trophies: Foot Orienteering
Junior Female Orienteer of the Year Amy Dufty
Junior Male Orienteer of the Year Rohan Braid
Female Orienteer of the Year Anthea Feaver
Male Orienteer of the Year Tony Simpkins
Jeff Whittam Junior Award Female Ruby Phillips
Jeff Whittam Junior Award Male Lachlan Braid
WA Female Long Distance Champion Rachel West
WA Male Long Distance Champion Craig Dufty
WA Female Middle Distance Champion Not awarded
WA Male Middle Distance Champion Not awarded
WA Female Sprint Distance Champion Ceri Pass
WA Male Sprint Distance Champion Riley McFarlanes
Rutty Rock for Champion Club - Relays LOST
Bengtsson-Offrell Trophy - Champion Club LOST
MetrO Series Champion Club 2021/2022 KO
2022 Trophies: Mountain Bike Orienteering
Female Mountain Bike Orienteer of the Year Debbie McKay
Male Mountain Bike Orienteer of the Year Hadrien Devillepoix
State Open Middle Distance Female Champion Anthea Feaver
State Open Middle Distance Male Champion Hadrien Devillepoix
State Open Long Distance Female Champion Ellie Sansom
State Open Long Distance Male Champion Duncan Sullivan
Volunteer of the Year awards
2022 Golden Gumnuts
Awarded to those who “had distinguished themselves in orienteering in ways they would probably have preferred not to have done”! Read the stories here.
2022 Interstate Schools’ team
Presented with medallions to commemorate their achievements at the recent National carnival.
Noel Schoknecht’s contributions over many years as Mapping Convenor, past President and talented Christmas Novelty event organiser were recognised with the presentation of his certificate of life membership.
Participants enjoyed a picnic style lunch supplied by Elegant Touch. This was a very casual occasion and members were free to wander and mingle. The younger members enjoyed having the space to play games.
Success of the occasion was ensured thanks to all the contributors who came early to help set up, arranged provision of drinks, prepared sweets, provided ice and brought along an Engel to keep the ice cream frozen. Thanks to all those who lent a hand in packing up: within half an hour the only remaining signs of the event were small piles of melting ice on the grass.
Photos: Amy and Rohan, Junior Orienteers of the Year