IOA Annual Awards

The Irish orienteering Association presents  a number of annual awards. These awards are of equal status and reflect the Irish orienteering community’s recognition of an individual’s contribution to the sport.

This award is given to one person each year. It is in recognition of outstanding service or performance in the sport, either for exceptional efforts in a single year or for a long term contribution that makes a lasting impact on the sport.

Nomination process

The IOA executive nominate candidates for this award. The support of two members of the executive are required for a successful nomination, and in the event of more than one nomination a vote will decide the winner, with the Chairperson having the casting vote in the event of a tie.

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Performance Excellence Award

Introduced in 2012, this award is given when an athlete performs to a high level in an International Event

Performance Excellence Award

The 2012 awards were given retrospectively.

 

Year of Award Event
Aislinn Austin 2011, 2001 WOC 2011, JWOC 2001
Alex Simonin 2010 EYOC 2010
Andrew Quin 2006 WOC 2006
Aonghus O'Cleirigh 1988, 1987 WOC 1987, JK 1988
David Healy 2010, 2003 JWOC 2003, WOC 2010
John Feehan 2001, 1999, 1992, 1991 JK 1999, JWOC 1991, WOC2001, JWOC 1992
Marcus Pinker 1999, 1997, 1993 WOC 1999, WOC 1997,JWOC 1993
Niamh O'Boyle 2010, 2009,2003 JK 2009, JK 2010, WOC 2010,JWOC 2003
Niamh Corbett 2010 EYOC 2010
Nicolas Simonin 2010, 2009, 2007 WOC 2010, JWOC 2009, JK2010, JWOC 2007
Sarah Browne 2003 JWOC 2003
Toni O'Donovan 1999 WOC 1999
Una May 1995, 1994, 1993 JK 1993, JK 1994, JK 1995
Wally Young 1978, 1981 WOC 1978, WOC 1981
Wilbert Hollinger 2011 WTOC 2011

Criteria for IOA Performance Award

Below are the criteria that were developed and used in 2012 to select recipients for the Performance Excellence Awards. Some of the Criteria may seem overly complicated but the reason is that it was to reflect the performance that is now required to qualify for a WOC Final.

Seniors:
World Orienteering Championships

Reaching the final of the World Orienteering Championships;

In the years where there was no qualification races then being in a top 45 place of all competitors, but top 50%  if there are less than 90 competitors, for years when the best runner from each country qualified then as above counting all competitors in the qualifying races

European Orienteering Championships

Achieving a top 30 place and if less than 90 runners then in top 30% of race.

Jan Kjellstrom

Achieving a Top 10 place in W21E or M21E    – or top 20% if field size  is less than 40

World Cup

Top 40% place in the overall results of the World Cup.

World Military Orienteering Championships

Reaching the final of the World Military Orienteering Championships;

In the years where there is no qualification races then being in a top 45 place of all competitors, but top 50%  if there are less than 90 competitors, for years when the best runner from each country qualified then as above counting all competitors in the qualifying races

 

World University Orienteering Championships

Reaching the final of the World University Orienteering Championships;

In the years where there is no qualification races then being in a top 45 place of all competitors, but top 50%  if there are less than 90 competitors, for years when the best runner from each country qualified then as above counting all competitors in the qualifying races

 

World Trail O/Mountain Bike O/Ski O Championships

Top 33% of field

World Masters Orienteering Championship

Achieving a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in the Final

 

Juniors:
European Youth Orienteering Championships

Achieving a Top 20 place, or top 40% of the field  if less than 40 runners.

Junior World Orienteering Championships

Reaching the final of the Junior World Orienteering Championships;

In the years where there is no qualification races then being in a top 60 place of all competitors, but top 50%  if there are less than 60 competitors, for years when the best runner from each country qualified then as above counting all competitors in the qualifying races

 Other Criteria:

Recipients should be members of IOA affiliated clubs or non-members competing for Ireland.

It is possible to receive more than one medal in a single year.

 



Mactire Trophy

Awarded for the Development of the Sport of Orienteering

Mac Tire Award: for the development of orienteering – achieving something that will grow the sport. Some examples are: a new map;  a new technology; bringing orienteering to a new part of the country; introducing a new group to the sport; revitalising a neglected area of the sport; enhancing the social aspects of the sport, staging a major event.

Eligibility:
- Once five years have passed a person is again eligible to win an award that they have won before
- Serving IOA committee members cannot receive the Mac Tire Award.
Nominations:
- must be from an IOA affiliated club or a member of an IOA affiliated club and they do not need to be seconded
- must contain a short description of why the nominee should receive the award - typically this will be two or three sentences.

- should indicate if the person was nominated unsuccessfully in a previous year
- must be submitted by the closing date
- should be for an individual – group nominations are discouraged
- will be published on orienteering.ie in advance of the award ceremony
- cannot be from a current Judge or from a current member of the IOA Executive committee

Judges:
- the previous year's award winners will form a committee with three equal votes and will select the winners of this year's three awards

 

- The award will be judged by the previous three recipients of the award. (In 2014, this will be the three people who received the Silva Award, Silva, Trophy and Mac Tire Trophy in 2013, in 2015 this will be the recipient in 2014 plus those who received the Silva Award and Trophy in 2013. In 2016,the judges will be the recipients of the award in 2014, 2015 and the last recipient of the Mac Tire Trophy in 2013. Subsequent years it will be the previous three recipients of the Mac Tire Award.)
- if committee members are unavailable then the IOA chairman will nominate alternative members
- the judges' decision is final
- group awards are discouraged – the judges should strive to select individual winners
- if there are no nominations, or if the Judges feel that the nominees are not of the required standard, then an award may not be given.

Awards:
- will be publicised on orienteering.ie and elsewhere
- should be given out at the AGM of the IOA, unless there is a good logistical reason for choosing another occasion
- will be kept safe by the winners and returned to the IOA administrative assistant in good time for the next award ceremony.

 

Past Winners

IOA Awards Archive

Awrds at 2011 AGM

Awards at 2012 AGM