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Orienteering NZ Annual Awards 2020
By Christo Peters - Mon 12 Apr 2021 10:29pm
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This year’s ONZ Awards took place at the National Championships in South Head, north of Auckland on Sunday 4th April 2021. Congratulations to all the award recipients:


Volunteer of the Year Awards

Jean Cory-Wright (PP)

Continued role with Junior Camp Coach Training, involvement in Coaching Working Group & work re-righting ONZ NCEA Standards.

Michael Croxford (NL)

For work behind the scenes organising the 2020 Junior and U23 Camps combined with his contribution to the Coaching Working Group.

Marquita Gelderman (NW)

Role as Technical Committee Convener, overseeing Rules Review.

Sally Lattimore (NL)

Role as Junior Camp Manager and leading Nelson in a period of extreme growth

Paul Teesdale-Spittle (WN)

Role as convenor of JDC (just retired to become WN President)

2020 Nationals Committee (WN)

For all the work running Nationals despite Covid-19 postponements, changes of conditions under which the event could take place.


MTBO of the Year Award

Pam & Len Rodenburg (TK)

This award has traditionally been given to the top performing competitor but in a year of no international competition and limited national events, the award has been given to represent the work done by Pam and Len in growing the discipline of MTBO.


Rogainer of the Year

Greig Hamilton (PP)

Top performing NZ Rogainer in 2020


Coach of the Year

Gene Beveridge (NW)

  • Leg by Leg Series in Gene interviews an orienteer about their experience on a specific course, checking their thinking behind route choices, challenges they faced during a race and how they handled or didn’t handle these.
  • Convening the Coaching Working Group that produced the ONZ Coaching Framework and Coaching Resource.

Brighouse Trophy

For best overall performance within age group category across the NZ, AK, WL and SI Championships Long Distance Events.

Carsten Joergensen (PP)

  • 1st Nationals M50A
  • 1st Auckland Championships M50
  • 1st Wellington Championships M21E
  • 2nd South Island Championships M50A

Innovation Award – New Award

Owen Means (NW)

  • Owen is the mastermind behind the Enter O software that provides an on-line entry facility for orienteering and other events.  Developed sometime before 2015 as an informal on-line entry platform, Enter O became the official entry system for Oceania in 2015. 
  • Since 2015, Owen has continued to refine and develop the system to enhance its suitability for managing event entries and also to enable it to sell event merchandise. Owen has also developed the capacity for Enter O to integrate with other sport software such as OE2010, OEScore, O-Lynx and NavLight.

President’s Award

Myles Thayer (DN)

  • A stalwart of the club for the last 25 years. Myles started orienteering in Dunedin in 1995, when his children were at school. A few years later he went straight into the Secretary role in his first year on Committee.
  • For more than 20 years he has been a Committee member, serving as President for multiple years. For the last 10 years he has been Treasurer; a steady hand on the club’s financial tiller.
  • He was the South Island rep on Council during the years of Stuart Payne and Rob Crawfords’s NZOF stewardship.
  • He is an A Level Controller. Every year without fail, he puts his hand up to be a Controller for several club, regional or national level events. His kind, patient nature makes him a wonderful choice of Controller to team up with beginner Planners. Myles is a very technically competent orienteer himself, and he and his wife Helen are keen and astute rogainers. Myles’s children, and grandchildren, come orienteering, too.
  • In 2020, Myles retired from 45 years with the Physics Department in the University of Otago. In 2021, he is seeking to finally retire from the Orienteering Committee, so he can enjoy his retirement with Helen, travelling around the South Island with their caravan, having adventures, grandparenting, and, of course, still orienteering

Administrator of the Year Award

Annemarie Hogenbirk (NW)

  • Club Secretary of North West OC since December 2017. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Annemarie and she continues to support the operation of our Club in many ways.
  • Sport Ident Manager responsible for managing all North West’s sport ident equipment. She has reorganised, renamed, renumbered and/or replaced various items so that our equipment is always ready for use and our processes for use of and tracking equipment are fail safe.
  • As well Annemarie has organised and presented several sport ident training workshops to encourage others to assist with this important task at events.
  • Event Director, New Zealand Secondary Schools Champs 2019, NZ Champs 2021 Annemarie took on this role when North West agreed with some reluctance to host the NZSS Champs in 2019 in conjunction with Auckland Orienteering Club. Our concerns about us undertaking this role had been around the financial viability of the event and a small team who were able to assist.
  • With Annemarie at the helm, she liaised between North West and Auckland and with other Clubs to learn from their experience around event logistics, budgets and marketing, meaning we delivered an event of high standard on budget. In all her roles, Annemarie demonstrates many attributes.
    She is:
    • Methodical
    • Meticulous
    • Well organised
    • Objective
    • Positive
    • Prompt
    • Personable
    • Reliable

Services to ONZ Award

Jane Harding (WN)

  • Two terms on ONZ Council, including one as President.
  • Responsible for the 2020 National Champs as well as numerous other events past and future that include the 2021 Junior Camp.

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