Friday, December 09, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...

1. Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the University of Valencia, through the Chair Divina Pastora of Adapted Sport, promoted a three-day journey where the Trail Orienteering was the main subject. Pointed to teachers of sports physical activities, teachers of physical education, sports technicians related to the natural environment, specialists, persons particularly interested in Trail orienteering, interested in the training of trainers, the Clinic was held on the 2nd and 3rd December having a total of 44 participants. To prepare the participants to design, plan and organize a TrailO event, such was the goal of the Clinic, which had in Joaquim Margarido, assisted by Niclas Gil Nieminen, the responsible for the theoretical and practical panels. In addition to the Clinic, there was also a colloquium under the motto “Inclusive vocation: physical activity and sport in the University", on the 1st December and, in the following day, a workshop of initiation to the TrailO, whose proposal was to disclose to the 118 participants the basic principles and goals of the preparation and development of a TrailO event.

2. To recognize the notation of Orienteering maps, to train your memory, to develop the visual perception, attention and reaction, to improve your concentration levels and to create spacial imagination. All of it at home or in a short break during a competition or a training camp, or while travelling on bus, train, car, ferry or even airplane. Such is the Orient-games' offer when Christmas is approaching. There are four games translated to English: Quartet, Memory, Double and a cardboard game called “Orienteering”. “Quartet” is a legendary game that can be interesting for children as well as for adults. Children get an utterly fascinating process of perceiving the notation of orienteering maps and adults can check their knowledge. “Double” is a fast fun game that develops visual perception, attention and reaction. Undoubtedly suitable for all ages, is recommended for children from 6 years old. “Memory” is a fascinating search for the pair of cards, which promotes the development of concentration and visual memory. The game is suitable for all ages, as the children can play with adults as equals, having a great chance to win. Finally, “Orienteering” is a game for the whole family. Translated in six languages, it's suitable for both athletes and those who are simply interested in Orienteering. The game is presented in the versions “classic”, “night orienteering”, “sprint” and “hunt for the KP”. By playing “Orienteering”, you can also judge distances by planning it for the other participants. Several playing fields allow you to create a huge number of different variants of the terrain and distances. Interested in knowing some more? Please find extra information at or send a letter to

3. The organization of a World Orienteering Championships (WOC) has grown significantly over the past years. The requirements and expectations of national teams, athletes, TV, on-line and print media, spectators, sponsors and partners, have raised the standards for quality at the most prestigious of orienteering events. This has increased the requirements not only on the organizing committee, but also upon the IOFs event advising and controlling resources. Traditionally, a WOC has had an appointed Senior Event Advisor (SEA) responsible for advising on and controlling all aspects of the event. As organizational complexity has grew, the appointed SEA became a part-time professional position and an Assistant SEA role was added to control certain aspects. But with the introduction of annual live TV productions, a constantly higher IT content and increased commercialization there is a need to further strengthen the quality controlling organization. The SEA role has evolved into a Project Management role, which involves coordination with the Event Director and the local organizer, and management of an event advising and controlling team. A general description of the team can be found here: New WOC Event Advising structure. As the current WOC SEA, Jørn Sundby, will be taking on the role of event advising focused on TV and Arena aspects, the IOF is now looking for a new Senior Event Adviser/Project Manager for the World Orienteering Championships. The position is part-time and preferably on a contract basis. A description of the SEA/Project Manager position can be found here: Work description WOC SEA/Project manager. Questions about the position can be answered by IOF CEO Tom Hollowell. If you are interested in applying for this role, show interest by mailing a brief personal letter and CV to by Sunday December 18, 2016.

Joaquim Margarido

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