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Who did the Orienteering Achievement of the Year 2014?


Suggest a nomination for the Orienteering Achievement of 2014 and win great prizes! Remember that we are not necessarily looking for the best orienteer/team of 2014 – but rather the best achievements. There is one class for men and one for women – juniors can also be suggested, the same goes for teams.

Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes (more about the prizes below in the sponsor section). The number of prizes drawn will depend on the number of nomination suggestions being posted. Many suggestions = more prizes drawn.

  • Write your nomination text at the World of O Facebook pageRemember to add a note about which sponsor prize you are interested in – it would be a pity to win a prize you are not interested in?! Check the sponsor section below for the details. Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2014 are Five+Five days Tuscany 2015 (Italy), Sun-o Barbate Training Camp 2015 (Spain), Riga Orienteering Week 2015 (Latvia), Scottish O-Week 2015 (Scotland), Bergen Sprint Camp 2015 (Norway), OOCup 2015 (Slovenia), Croatia Open 2015 (Croatia) and Sälen 3+3 2015 (Sweden).
  • As an alternative for non-Facebook users, write your nomination text as a comment below

To get you started, see the nominees for 2013 along with their stories/nomination texts here:

Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Prizes valued to nearly 4000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. We have 8 great sponsors from 8 different countries. The rules are as follows:

  1. A person can only vote once in each of the categories (if several people share one internet connection, only one can vote, as the IP address is used to identify the voter along with the email-address of the voter).
  2. Prizes from our sponsors will be drawn among all people voting.
  3. In addition some sponsor prizes will be drawn among the ones suggesting GOOD nomination texts. Among all really good nomination texts, we will draw one or two of the great sponsor prizes.
  4. The winners will be made public after the poll closes at World of O.

Event sponsor: Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015
  • Prize offered: 1 package for 2 people for one week (7 nights) with accommodation BB formula, entry to the races including transport from/to races/event centre for Five + Five Days Tuscany 2015. To be chosen between one of the 2 weeks: 28th Sept – 2nd Oct 2015 or 5th – 9th Oct 2015. Value about 1400 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Follow the Sun in Italy and make your summer longer. Five days of orienteering in beautiful Tuscany. Read more at www.orienteering.it,  www.facebook.com/pwtorienteering and www.pwt.no.

Training camp sponsor: Big Sun-o Barbate training package 2015
  • Prize offered: Training Package for 2 persons (transferable to other persons), worth ca. 500 Euro,including 7 nights in Apartamentos Canos de Meca / Barbate and a 16 map O-package, for endless training at the Barbate-O-Camp.
  • Sun-o offers orienteering camp packages in South of Europe, combining high quality terrains and varied O-maps, in regions with rich culture and sunny climate. More info at sun-o.com.

Event sponsor: Riga Orienteering week 2015. April 14th – 19th 2015.
  • Prize offered: Package for two people consisting of: Paid entry to Riga Cup model event, Riga Cup races, paid accommodation for two in hotel from Friday to Monday (3 nights). Value about 250 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Riga Orienteering Week will be a memorable event with 4 training events from Tuesday to Friday and two day competition Riga Cup on weekend. We offer you to combine Riga as an architectural, artistic and cultural destination with an unforgettable week-long orienteering adventure in an exclusive sand dune terrain, provided to you by a professional team of organizers of orienteering events “Magnets” with 45 years of experience. Behold, experience, enjoy! More information at magnets.lv

Event sponsor: Scottish 6 Days 2015 (Highland 2015). August 2nd – 8th 2015
  • Prize offered: A package of two free entries to the Scottish 6 Days (Highland 2015) along with O-tops from the merchandise range and a copy of the book A Few Surplus Maps. Value about 400 euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Highland 2015 will be staged over the period 2nd to 8th August 2015, with the opportunity to spectate at the World Orienteering Championships and run on the same terrain including Darnaway and Glen Affric. For further information visit www.scottish6days.com/2015 The event centre is in Inverness, a perfect base for exploring the lochs and mountains, beaches and castles that are a feature of this area.

Event sponsor: Croatia Open 2015. 27th July – 1st August 2015
  • Prize offered: Entry for Croatia open + accommodation at sport hall/camping + training maps for 4 persons! Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • This 5-day orienteering event will again bring you to the Croatian mountains around Delnice, while the sprint stage will take place at the island of Krk. See you in Croatia from 27th July – 1st August 2015! More information at crochallenge.net/croatia-open-2015

Event sponsor: Bergen Sprint Camp – January 30th – February 1st 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each consisting of 2 complete Bergen Sprint Camp packages: Entry for all 4 races + training Friday morning + Saturday evening program consisting of presentations and dinner. Value about 375 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • For the 6th time in a row, BSC is held in the city center of Bergen, Norway. We provide all participants with challenging courses, good maps and interesting analysis of the sessions – hoping to improve the sprint orienteering technique for everyone. See more at Sprint-Camp.blogspot.no – including all courses and analysis from previous editions of BSC.

Event sponsor: OOCup 2015. 25th – 29th July 2015
  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: The complete 5 days OOCup competition + small Slovenia training package consisting of up to 3 training maps. Value up to 300 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is a 5 Day orienteering event organized annually in Slovenia. The event is famous for its Karst orienteering and excellent combination of orienteering and holidays. More at oocup.com.

Event sponsor: 3+3 Training & Race package 2015
  • Prize offered: Big 6-person “3+3 Training & Race Package” (3 competitions and 5 training maps for each person). Value about 450 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • In the beautiful terrain of Sälen we offer great trainings with controls in the forest for all ages. Prepare for O-Ringen 2016! More info at www.malungsok.se/traningar-i-salen.

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  1. It’s gotta be Tim Robertson – Winner of JWOC sprint distance and then went on to win MTBO JWOC as well! And he is a New Zealander

  2. I nominate Gernot Kerschbaumer after his great season. Winning two qualification races at EOC, with his 8th place he broke the all-time-Austrian-record from long-time-ago over the long-distance at WOC, winning two medals at CISM and 5th place overall at Oringen. He is definitely one of the big orienteers of the last 10 or more years and best Austrian ever.

  3. Orienteering fan

    I nominate Edgars Bertuks,because he was hard working,although he did not succeed good in World Orienteering Championship 2014,he had traumatic season. After World Championship he started to training even more difficult.
    He won Latvian championship in middle distance.
    This is why I nominate him to this award.

    • The Latvian championship in middle distance this year won Martins Sirmais 2 min ahead Edgars Bertuks.

  4. Søren Bobach
    I nominate Søren Bobach for his impressive performance and gold medal at the WOC sprint. His gold medal was a result of many reasons. Many know of his huge talent, but fewer know of the huge amount of work and patience put into his recovery from a double stress fracture in both navicular bones. A path full of doubt, set-backs and frustration.
    Søren is also nominated for being a part of a very dedicated and specific preparation for the sprint and the many technical and physical aspects of sprint orienteering. A preparation not possible without strong support and a high level of corporation between all athletes in the Danish national team.
    Søren could not have done without, it was truely a gold medal in the spirit of the sport of orienteering and elite sports in general

  5. I nominate Piotrek Parfianowicz with his third JWOC medal, with a silver medal in sprint distance. He has shown that he is good in each discipline collecting three medals (2011 – relay gold (setting similiar to middle one, 2013 – long gold, and finally the race which shows that he is good in each discipline silver in sprint distance in Bulgaria.) He’s results are the best ever Juniors results in Polish History.