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Orienteering Achievement of 2017: Vote Now!


Read about the fantastic achievements of 16 athletes or teams from 10 nations which are nominated for The Orienteering Achievement of 2017. Then post your votes for your favourites – and be part of the drawing for prizes worth  5500 Euros!

Vote here by December 12th:

The stories behind the medals and the achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating

Winning a Gold medal at the World Championships is always a great achievement – but sometimes winning a Bronze medal can be an even bigger achievement, or even a Top 10 result – based on what your starting point was. The stories behind the medals and the great achievements  is what makes the sport truly fascinating! In “The Orienteering Achievement of the Year” these stories are highlighted – to make it possible to get a background for the amazing achievements.


The annual poll to find the best Orienteering Achievements of the year is organized by the major source for international orienteering news on the Internet – World of O.

Note that there were so many fantastic orienteering achievements this year – highlighted in the suggested nominations by World of O’s readers – that several who would have really deserved a nomination could not be included this year either.


Great Sponsorprizes for “Lucky voters”!

Sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2017 are Five + Five days of Vasto (Italy)EKG Swiss 5 Days/EOC 2018 (Switzerland)Cerkno Cup 2018 (Slovenia)Sprint Scotland 2018 (Scotland)Antalya Orienteering Festival (Turkey)Portugal O-Meeting 2018 (Portugal)Andalucia O-Meeting 2018 (Spain)OOCup (France) and Lipica Open (Slovenia). See all details about the sponsor in the sponsor section below (Hint: Scroll down and take a look to see which prize you want to win as you can mark it when you vote – there are again many great prizes this year!).

Prizes valued to more than 5500 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations. 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 (we had many good nomination texts this year – more than usual!).
  4. The winners will be made public after the poll closes at World of O.


On December 7th, all nominees are presented at World of O. The winner is decided in a vote amongst all the readers of World of O between December 7th and December 12th.

Spread the news

Help making the poll as representative for the international orienteering community as possible! Spread the news about the poll, by publishing an article about the election on your website, and encourage people participating. Please use this link:

Of all orienteering related websites with on average more than 50 visitors/day who link to the poll after it has been opened for voting, three websites will be drawn who will get a free “Sponsored Link” at World of O. Websites with on average more than 200 visitors/day will count triple when linking to the poll. Send an email to Jan@Kocbach.net or add a comment below with the sites address if you want to be part of this draw for free sponsored links. Sponsored links may be to any orienteering related page or product – must not necessarily be the website linking. [PS!Facebook pages linking to the poll will be considered on a per-case basis if they have significant likes/interaction related to the poll – please add a comment below with link to the Facebook page]

Selection of pages linking to “Orienteering Achievement of 2017″:

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Event sponsor: Five + Five days of Vasto, Italy, October 1st – 14th 2018

  • Prize offered: Package for 2 people consisting in accommodation in half pension and entry fee for the week 41 of Five + Five days of Vasto (Italy) – October 2018. Value 1500 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • 10 stages to discover in Vasto, Italy with its extraordinary beautiful sandy beaches! The Event centre is in the town of Vasto, on the seaside, where a program of 10 races in 2 weeks will be discovered, in the best Italian forests and in the nicest historical centres of Italy. Read more at www.orienteering.it and facebook.com/pwtorienteering (Bulletin available from December 15th).


Event sponsor: EOC 2018 + EGK Swiss 5-days, May 8th – 13th 2018

  • Prize offered: Competition package EGK Swiss 5-days for 2 persons (5 races: 2 long, 2 middle, 1 sprint), 5 nights accommodation in hotel  for 2 persons during European Orienteering Championships for (from 8th to 13th of May, 2018). Value about 1200 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • During your stay you can discover the beautiful region of Ticino, with all of its attractions (history, culture, gastronomics, leisure). You are invited as a spectator to watch the European Orienteering Championships 2018, which takes place in the same terrains and dates as the EKG 5-days courses! More information at www.eoc2018.ch.


Event sponsor: Cerkno Cup – 5 days of Slovenia, August 22nd – August 26th 2018

  • Prizes offered:
    • Entry fee for 4 persons (5 days + TrailO Event + 3 trainings) and hard-floor accommodation. Value about 400 EUR. Transferable to other persons.
    • Entry fee for 2 persons (5 days + TrailO + 3 trainings) and hard-floor accommodation. Value about 200 EUR. Transferable to other persons.
  • Compete 5 days alongside the best runners at South East European Orienteering Championships and taste most of the orienteering flavours you can find in Slovenia – from alpine forests to stony karst! Lake Bled, Julian Alps, Postojna cave and Adriatic sea are just a short drive away … More at http://www.cerkno-cup.com or http://www.seeoc2018.si.

Event sponsor: Sprint Scotland, 19th-22nd July 2018

  • Prizes offered – 3 complete packages for 2 people each – 6 training sessions + 3 sprint races (WRE) + 3 evening talks + ceilidh + event t-shirt. Total value around 600 Euro (200 Euro per package). Transferable to other persons.
  • After successful events in 2016 and 2017, Sprint Scotland will again host 4 days of sprint orienteering in Perth and Stirling in Central Scotland. 2 training days followed by a weekend with 3 sprint races, as well as three evening talks and a ceilidh (Scottish traditional dancing). Short travel from Edinburgh and Glasgow. http://sprintscotland.co.uk/


Event sponsor: 4th Antalya Orienteering Festival 2018 – 28th October – 4th November

  • Prize offered: One Big Antalya O-Meeting package consisting of 1 complete Antalya Orienteering Festival package: Accommodation + Entry for all 6 races for one person. Value about 540 Euro. Transferable to other person.
  • Antalya Orienteering Festival will be held for the 3rd time in Side by the Mediterranean coast of Antalya, Turkey. We provide 5 different terrains and challenging courses, good maps and good weather for orienteering holiday. See more at www.antalyaofest.com


Event sponsor: PORTUGAL O’ MEETING (POM) 2018 – February 10th – 13th 2018 – WRE

  • Prize offered: 4 packages, each for 2 people of POM 2018 in famous Évora e Portel, consisting of entry fee for the 4 courses of the event (middle + long + middle + long) plus night sprint. Value about 360 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Expected to reach 3.000 entries, Portugal O Meeting is an huge winter orienteering event that this year the event takes place in Évora, in the the heart of the Alentejo mediterranean landscape, the competition will offer everyone a fantastic chance to do orienteering in UNESCO World Heritage Site and just one hour travel from Lisbon and many sandy beaches. Come and enjoy – it will give you an unforgettable social and human experience, in these lands of sun, history, memory, material and immaterial culture with outstanding mediterranean landscape, delicious regional cuisines, mediterranean tavern snacks and many regional wines. More information: WWW.POM.PT


Event sponsor: Andalucia O-Meeting 2018 Competition Package. March 1st – March 4th

  • Prize offered: AOM Competition Package for 2 persons – including entry to 5 events (night, prologue, middle, sprint, long), 3 nights in Hotel Barcelo for 2 persons, half board. Value about 350 Euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • 2 WRE’s in sweet terrains and maps, a friendly atmosphere and mild climate! More info at andaluciaomeeting.com


Event sponsor: OOCup 2018 – France. July 25th – July 29th 2018

  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry for the complete 5 days OOCup competition plus OOCup 2018 T-shirt for each competitor. Value 325 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • OOCup is an annual 5 Day orienteering event, traditionally organized in Slovenia, but in 2018 OOcup goes fully international and moves to France in 2018. There is good reason for that: Tricky terrain like what we found in the South Jura Mountains (AIN) in France is what OOcup always tries to deliver; ultimate orienteering challenge in beautiful natural surroundings. More at oocup.com.


Event sponsor: Lipica Open 2018. March 10th – 14th 2018

  • Prize offered: 2 packages – each for 2 people – consisting of: Entry to complete 5 Day Lipica Open competition + hard floor accommodation. Value about 320 euro. Transferable to other persons.
  • Lipica Open is a popular season starter, this time with two stages on brand new maps. Enjoy Slovenian karst terrain already in March. The Kras region offers also excellent conditions for quality training camps. More at www.lipicaopen.com


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Jan Kocbach is the founder of WorldofO.com - taking care of everything from site development to writing articles, photography and analysis.