The 2021 OUSA Silva Award is posthumously awarded to Ed Hicks, who sadly passed away on New Year’s Eve, 2020. Ed was an active and invaluable member of the US orienteering community for over 40 years and his extensive contributions to the sport of orienteering in the US were far reaching and span decades of devoted service. Orienteering USA is honored to remember him with this years 2021 Silva Award.
Read the Full Announcement here
Link to attackpoint thread remembering Ed
, which also includes a link to his published obituary.
Unfortunately late for Ed, since I know this would mean the world to him, but good for our collective consciences, and hopefully his family as well.
From the referenced thread above, thank you for honoring the last line, in the last post, from Mark Frank /Orienteer7. (Mark, I hope I'm not betraying your AP anonymity)
Excellent choice. Definitely too bad he didn't get it while he was still with us, but I'm glad he's being honored now.
Truly one of the most well-deserved awards OUSA has bestowed. Ed was a Johnny Appleseed of American Orienteering; his legacy will long endure.
That is a great and deserving award.
I think the reason that Ed did not receive the award in his lifetime was that a lot of what Ed did for orienteering was not as a volunteer but as a business.
But of course just like some other winners who 'wore two hats' Ed's support for orienteering outreached way beyond what dollars he earned.
I like the analogy to Johnny Appleseed. But his mapping seeds were planted beyond the borders of the US. An OCAD clinic he put on in Nova Scotia has paid off in a lot more maps in that province and beyond.
Wonderful, truly well deserved. Ed was one of the best "seeders" of orienteeing in the US.