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Discussion: Orienteering Awards 2015 Voting Now Part of the Process!

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Nov 10, 2015 3:00 AM # 
PGoodwin:
Nominations for 2015 Orienteer of the Year Competitive Awards Open

The Competitive Award Program’s goals are to recognize and reward outstanding competitive accomplishments by U.S. orienteers at the end of every year.
The Program Committee is currently soliciting nominations from Orienteering USA membership for athletes and teams who demonstrated outstanding performance during the 2015 national and international orienteering season. As usual, the Committee is looking for nominees in several different award categories, listed below. The winners will be selected by the Committee and will receive prizes and recognition. In certain cases, honorable mention will be made for deserving athletes. A list of past winners is included at the end of this announcement.
This year, there will be voting by you, members of Orienteering USA, for the athletes who have been nominated. After the nominations are received, each member of Orienteering USA will be able to vote online for one nominee in each award category. The committee will then use the results of the voting to help determine the winners of the awards. It is expected that the voting will be a dominant factor in the committee’s decision. This voting will occur starting on or about the 20th of November and will end in early December. The actual dates will be published when the voting starts.
Nominations are open now and will close on Sunday, November 15th. See below for the description of the awards, eligibility rules, and where to send nominations. Nominate an outstanding athlete or team and, in a few sentences, state why your nominee deserves the award.
The awards:
a. Orienteer of the Year is awarded to the best USA orienteer in 2015, based on results at national and international events.
b. Junior Orienteer of the Year is awarded to the best USA orienteer no older than 20 in 2015, based on results at national and international events.
c. Comet of the Year is awarded to the most improved USA orienteer in 2015, based on results at national and international events.
d. Orienteering Team of the Year is awarded to the best USA national or club orienteering team in 2015, based on results at national and international events.
Eligibility rules:
To be awarded any of the individual awards a nominee has to be a USA citizen and must be a member of Orienteering USA in good standing during the current calendar year. Additionally, for the Junior Orienteer of the Year award, the nominee must be no older than 20 at the end of 2015. To be selected to the Orienteering Team of the Year award, all team members have to be Orienteering USA members and represent the U.S. or an Orienteering USA member club in competition.
Competitors in any forms of orienteering are eligible, including Foot-O, Ski-O, Mt.Bike-O, Trail-O, and ROGAINE.
The committee making final selections from among those who are nominated consists of:
Patrick Nuss, Peter Gagarin, Boris Granovskiy, Linda Kohn and Peter Goodwin (chair).
Please send nominations (due November 15th) for any or all of the awards, along with a brief discussion of why the nominee deserves to win, to the committee chair, presently Peter Goodwin at pgwolfe66 [at] gmail [dot] com
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Past Winners
2014

Orienteer of the Year Samantha Saeger NEOC
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Junior Orienteer of the Year Ethan Childs, GMOC
Comet of the Year Matej Sebo BAOC
Orienteering Team of the Year U.S. Women’s Senior Team

2013

Orienteer of the Year Alison Crocker CSU/SMOC
Junior Orienteer of the Year Ethan Childs, GMOC
Comet of the Year Tom Puzak , MNOC
Orienteering Team of the Year U.S. Team to the World Games

2012
Orienteer of the Year Alison Crocker CSU
Junior Orienteer of the Year Andrew Childs GMOC
Comet of the Year Giacomo Barbone CSU
Orienteering Team of the Year Senior USA Orienteering Team

2011
Orienteer of the Year Alison Crocker CSU
Junior Orienteer of the Year Andrew Childs GMOC
Comet of the Year Alexandra Jospe CSU
Orienteering Team of the Year U.S. Ski Orienteering Team

2010
Orienteer of the Year: Samantha Saeger
Junior of the Year: Hannah Burgess
Comet of the Year: Alison Crocker
Team of the Year: Team USA at the North American Orienteering Championships
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