16 athletes from 10 countries are nominated for the annual poll to find the most impressive achievements in international orienteering. The poll is organized by World of O – the major internet presence for international orienteering news. Voting is open until December 12th.
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 – 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.
It is great for the sport to see excellent nominations for athletes from nations which are traditionally not on top of the result lists in international orienteering, like Belarus, Canada, Moldova and New Zealand. All these athletes have done exceptional orienteering achievements in 2016 - along with the nominated athletes from the more established top nations in orienteering Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Russia.
Voting is open from December 7th until December 12th using the following links:
In the women's class Maja Alm (Denmark), Anastasia Denisova (Belarus), Tove Alexandersson (Sweden), Simona Aebersold (Switzerland), Emily Kemp (Canada), Natalia Gemperle (Russia), Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg (Norway) and the Russian and Finnish relay teams are nominated. In the men's class Jerker Lysell (Sweden), Joey Hadorn (Switzerland), Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland), Tim Robertson (New Zealand), Olav Lundanes (Norway), Roman Ciobanu (Moldova) and the Norwegian relay team are nominated.
The international sponsors for the Orienteering Achievement of 2016 are Five + Five days of Sicily (Italy), Scottish 6 Days (Scotland), Durmitor Orienteering Challenge (Montenegro), Aguiar da Beira “O” Meeting (Portugal), Antalya Orienteering Festival (Turkey), OOCup (Slovenia), Wawel Cup (Poland), Lipica Open (Slovenia) and Danish Spring (Denmark). Prizes valued to more than 5000 Euro are drawn among lucky voters & the ones suggesting nominations.
More info: http://poll.worldofo.com/2016/
[Press Release: Orienteering Achievement of 2016 / Jan Kocbach]