The Annual OUSA Orienteering Awards are given to American orienteers in several categories for outstanding competitive performance over the course of the past year. The Awards Committee members are Susan Grandjean, Boris Granovskiy, Linda Kohn, Patrick Nuss, and Ken Walker Sr. This is the seventh year for these awards, and the second year that Orienteering USA members had the opportunity to vote for the candidates. The committee thanks all those who submitted nominations and who took the time to vote for your top OUSA athletes. The vote totals were used as the main component in final award selection.
The Orienteer, Junior and Comet of the Year award winners each receive a $500 travel grant to help them continue to improve their skills. The Awards Committee would like to thank the following clubs for their generous contributions to the travel grants:
Green Mountain Orienteering Club
Quantico Orienteering Club
Rochester Orienteering Club
Western Connecticut Orienteering Club
Lists of past winners are here
And here are your 2016 winners and recipients of honorable mentions (HM). Go to the OUSA website
for a full description of these athletes’ 2016 accomplishments.
Orienteer of the Year - awarded to the best U.S. orienteer in 2016, based on results at national and international events.
Winner: Greg Ahlswede (DVOA and Escondite Nature Sport, Spain)
HM: Sharon Crawford (RMOC)
Junior Orienteer of the Year - awarded to the best U.S. orienteer in 2016 under the age of 21, based on results at national and international events.
Winner: Michael Laraia (MNOC)
HM: Anton Salmenkylä (CSU)
HM: Kestrel Owens (GMOC)
HM: Åsne Skram Tromborg (Kongsberg OL, Norway)
Comet of the Year – awarded to the US orienteer who has made the most progress in their orienteering results during the 2016 season.
Winner: Will Enger (COC)
HM: Abra McNair (CROC)
Team of the Year - awarded for the best team competitive performance during the 2016 season.
Winner: US Junior National Team
HM: Henry County (GA) High School Warhawks