Happy September! It is starting to get a little cooler, a lot of clubs are having camp-out weekends and National Orienteering Week happens this month. Let’s head to the woods!
It’s so big; it’s more than a day…more than a week! National Orienteering Week is a great way to get new folks to try our sport and join your club. Many thanks to our 35 clubs that are hosting events this month.
World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships
They're back from Estonia and ready to help grow the sport - congratulations to the first full (men & women) US MTBO Team. The US now has both male and female MTBO athletes ranked in the Top 100 worldwide. In addition to being the type of orienteering conducted at the fastest speeds, MTBO is fast growing and has the youngest average participant age. Contact MTBO Chief Greg Lennon
if your club would like help making MTBO maps or organizing events.
Thanks again to the donors and sponsors (AutoPilot
map boards, Swiftwick
Socks, and Showers Pass
) who made this possible! OUSA hopes to expand the Team next year to include Juniors in the fun - after all, in the words of Team USA member/manager Joe Brautigam (who took the Gold in his age class in the Men's Long Distance Open race in Estonia), "it's just such a blast!"
World Military Orienteering Championships
Congratulations also to our team that just competed in the World Military Orienteering Championships in Sweden. Representing our country and our sport were: 1LT Joshua Wang (Army), LTC Liam Collins (Army), 1LT Kevin Culberg (Army), 2LT Hannah Culberg (Army), CDR Grant Staats (Navy), LCDR Jeremy Debons (Navy), LT Virginia Debons (Navy), MAJ Maiya Anderson (Air Force), MAJ Joseph Burkhead (Air Force).
Junior Team News
A full article on the World Military Orienteering Championships can be found in an upcoming print issue of Orienteering North America magazine.
U.S. Junior Team Coach, Erin Schirm, will be attending most Fall A-events. So, if you are going to any, be sure to check event information for planned junior activities. In September we are planning to post a Request for Proposals for clubs to apply for junior development grants of up to $500.
Updated Insurance Waivers
To get the latest waivers be sure to visit http://www.us.orienteering.org/documents/forms/waivers-orienteering-usa-sponsored-events
and click on either of the formats.
Welcome Charlie Bleau as Vice President, Competition
OUSA welcome’s Charlie Bleau as our Vice President, Competition. Charlie has been on the board of directors since 2011 in a variety of capacities. In addition he serves as the President of the Georgia Orienteering Club. Our current Executive Committee is:
President – Peter Goodwin (UNO)
Secretary – Donna Fluegel (WCOC)
Vice President, Clubs – Greg Lennon (QOC)
Vice President, Competition – Charlie Bleau (GAOC)
Vice President, Finance – Lou Pataki (WCOC)
If you are interested in joining the board of directors, we have up to three seats coming open in the summer of 2014. Contact Donna Fluegel at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
How to Save on Choice and Hertz?
It's Annual Fund Time
There seems to be some confusion on how to save with Choice Hotels and Hertz…and how OUSA can benefit.
Go to www.orienteeringusa.org
Click on the appropriate logo linking you to the company
If you go straight to the hotel or the rental facility, you may not get the discounted rate and OUSA will not get any benefit. And when you're redeeming your Choice Privilege
loyalty points, don't forget there's a very wide range of products and services to choose from in addition to free hotel nights.
If you have any questions, email Glen at email@example.com
Be on the look-out for envelopes in the next two issues of Orienteering North America
magazine. Thanks for remembering OUSA.
Digital ONA Is Coming Soon
The annual digital version of ONA will be coming out this month with LOTS of pictures and information about the WOC events this past summer. Regular members (not associate or day members) of Orienteering USA members get access to this a week or so before it is available to the rest of the world. There will articles and pictures from the Mountain Bike Team, the Junior Team, the Senior Team and the Trail-O Team. We hope that you will enjoy it.
2013 Orienteering USA National Event Calendar
September 21-29: OUSA National Orienteering Week (Nationwide)
October 18-20: OUSA Classic Champs & Boulder Dash (UNO – Allenstown, NH)
October 19: OUSA Board of Directors Meeting (UNO – Allenstown, NH)
November 9-10: O in the Oaks (BAOC – Hollister, CA)
November 16-17: French Creek Fall O Festival (DVOA – Douglassville, PA)
December 6-8: Sprint the Golden Gate (Get Lost!! – San Francisco, CA)
For the latest calendar visit www.orienteeringusa.org
and click on “Find a National Event.” Don’t forget to check all of the sports…especially Mountain Bike Orienteering for upcoming events.
We’ll see you in the woods.
Peter Goodwin – President
Glen Schorr – Executive Director
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