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Annual Dinner 2018

OWA Dinner 2018 websiteThe Annual OWA Award and Volunteer Dinner on Saturday 29th October is a celebration of the year and a chance to acknowledge our champions, volunteers and achievements over the past year. And a chance to leave the gaiters off and put on the glad rags!

Once again, we had the chance to see the year in review with a wonderful photo show collated by Rob West. This year a “what were they thinking” game complimented the photos, making use of some of the fun photos over the year.

After dinner and onto the presentations with Lily MacFarlane and Luan Swart thanking Rob and Lois West and Daisy McCauley for their work as Team Coaches and Managers at the recent Schools and National Championships in South Australia.

We recognised our Volunteers of the Year who represent all the many others who do so much to keep the association running. Be it setting events, managing the equipment, running coaching courses, keeping on top of the finances and many more tasks everyone contributes. This year Volunteers of the Year were:

This year Volunteers of the Year were:

Mapping Paul Dowling For support of week to week map production. Setting up and creating maps, legends etc.
Event Technical Suport Dave Pass For his work as Equipment Officer, especially refurbishing control stands and flags, making a new set of Metro Controls, and dealing with other equipment and Shed issues in an efficient manner.
Coaching Rachel West • taken over the Nomads group and revived elite coaching
• together with Craig made a major contribution to the Juniors camp by organising both coaching and an excellent 'Camp Champs' event. She also delivered a much appreciated talk on pre-race planning and post-event recovery to the older juniors.
• contributed coaching sessions to the West of the city Summer coaching and training series.
Development John Toomey John Toomey was one of a small group that started the ADHOC club in 2014 and has been a driving force in its development. Although membership numbers are still relatively small, participation in events has grown substantially with recent events drawing numbers in the 40’s to 60’s. In addition, orienteering in schools in the orienteering area has thrived, in no small part due to John’s mapping of schools and training of teachers. John has mapped areas for orienteering, set and controlled events, mentored other setters and trained coaches. This year he has established a program to attract and develop young orienteers in the area, agreed to run another Level 0 coaches’ course for local teachers and supported the development of Anytime Orienteering courses in the area. Without John (and Jen), it is extremely likely that orienteering in Albany and Hinterland would not exist at all, let alone develop so well.

With a catered dinner complimented by desert from willing helpers the evening moved on to the presentation of trophies for individuals and clubs. This year the overall club trophy was taken home by LOST

ORIENTEERING ASSOCIATION OF WA TROPHIES AND AWARDS – 2018

Junior Female Orienteer of the Year

Amy Dufty

Kate Braid

Junior Male Orienteer of the Year

 Aldo Bosman

Female Orienteer of the Year

Anthea Feaver

Male Orienteer of the Year

Ian Fletcher

Jeff Whittam Rising Star Female

Lucy Jarrett

Jeff Whittam Rsising Star Male

Patrick Dufty

WA Female Long Distance Champion (Open)

 Rachel West

WA Male Long Distance Champion (Open)

Henry McNulty

WA Female Middle Distance Champion

Rachel West

WA Male Middle Distance Champion

Henry McNulty

WA Female Sprint  Distance Champion

Joanna Maynard

WA Male Sprint Distance Champion

Oliver Martin

Rutty Rock for Champion Club  - Relays

LOST

Bengtsson-Offrell Trophy -

Champion Club

LOST

MetrO Series Champion Club 2016/2017

KO

Mountain Bike Orienteering

Female Mountain Bike Orienteer of the Year

Debbie McKay

Male Mountain Bike Orienteer of the Year

Mason Eves

State Open Middle Distance Female Champion

Natasha Sparg

State Open Middle Distance Male Champion

Ricky Thackray

State Open Female Champion

Natasha Sparg

State Open Male Champion

Ricky Thackray

With a catered dinner complimented by desert from willing helpers the evening moved on to the presentation of trophies for individuals and clubs. This year the overall club trophy was taken home by LOST.

All importantly who got the Golden Gumnuts? For those of us being caught doing something rather silly or slightly embarrassing. our efforts were rewards in front of our fellow Orienteers. Memorable blunders focused on forgetfulness this year from forgetting where e-tags and compasses and events were, forgetting the right control descriptions and even forgetting to take team members to events!

As ever our thanks go to the Perth Weavers Society for the use of their Hall and to Sue Grieg and her helpers for setting up the venue. Helen Bailey and Carol Brownlie for overall organisation, Nicole for stocking and managing the bar, dessert and nibbles platters, Jan collecting the trophies and organising the engraving and the host of other willing hands to tidy up the hall.

See you all next year!

All the photos from the night on our Facebook page

See you all next year!



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