Weekend sessions for Improvers!
Some exciting news to start off our club orienteering in 2016! Following our successful Family Coaching sessions last Autumn, we have been busy planning more coaching for TAY members. We now have dates for a four-week block - Saturday 19 March, Saturday 16 April, Sunday 1 May and Saturday 7 May.
More than 50 club members compete in revived club league
The moment you've been waiting for - final positions at the end of the Club Championship series! Big congratulations to Amber Gillies, one of our newer members, who has triumphed and finishes top of the table. Top marks too to promising junior Finn Duguid, whilst one of our senior members comes in in sixth place.
Regular meetings in Perth
We're delighted to announce that, starting on Wednesday 7 October, the club will be meeting once a month in Perth.
The date for this year's AGM has been set for Wednesday 28 October in Perth and will incorporate food and a chance to catch up.
A new Club Development Officer and Level 2 Club Coach!
A couple of great developments for the club to report this weekend—firstly, Mel Nicoll has been appointed as Club Development Officer, a role that will see her work on a number of projects to develop orienteering in the Tayside area over the next year and a half.
Also, after several months' practical and theory work, club coach Moira Laws passed her Level 2 Coach assessment. This qualification means that Moira can now deliver more advanced coaching sessions up to Technical Difficult 5, which allows her to offer coaching for seniors as well as juniors.
Congratulations to Mel and Moira on their achievements, and we look forward to working with them in the coming year!
It's with the greatest sadness that Tayside Orienteers share the news that our friend and clubmate Dave Prentice died earlier this week whilst hiking in Uganda. Dave contributed hugely to the club over many years as mapper, event co-ordinator, planner, organiser, controller. His energy and enthusiasm were the drivers behind so many of our activities, from the Perth and Kinross Schools Championships to countless local, regional and national events, and his generosity in sharing ideas, skills and encouragement with other club members helped us grow collectively as a club.
Dave leaves a huge hole in our club, but also a legacy of a commitment to providing high quality and fun orienteering to people of all ages in Tayside and further afield. We'll miss him greatly, and our thoughts and sympathies are with his wife Liz, and children Roland, Rowena and Laura at this very sad time. Dave's funeral will take place on Monday February 9th at 3pm at Perth Crematorium.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to help grow the sport of orienteering in Tayside! The Scottish Orienteering Association is seeking to appoint a highly motivated person who can work in collaboration with Tayside Orienteers and independently to develop orienteering in Tayside through a series of development projects. This post is funded at one day per week to the end of August 2016, and closing date for applications is 31 December 2014. A similar position is open to work with Mar Orienteering Club.
The SOA website provides more information and details on how to apply.
A reminder that the club AGM and social takes place this evening, at the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) office in Perth, beside the Mercure Hotel in West Mill Street. All welcome - come along at 6.45, ready for a 7.30pm meeting start, and bring something edible to share!
8 club members travelled to the Falkirk Wheel to represent Tayside Orienteers in the annual Scottish Inter-Club Relay yesterday. Matthew led off the TAY team and tagged Fran, Davie and Laura for the second leg followed by Moira, Grant and John on the third and Elaine on the final. We didn't win, but the team ran well, and agreed that it was an excellent event - and fantastic to see our new tops en masse. Special mention to Dug the mascot who made his first official appearance on club duty with his new name!
Our excellent new club top, manufactured by Siven, was launched at last week's social. If you didn't order one, but would like to, contact Elaine Gillies with your details, as another order will be going in very soon (and if you miss that one, don't worry - we hope to place another order later in the year or whenever demand is sufficient). For sizing information, our neighbouring club BASOC have a useful page to help you decide which size to go for.