BASOC eNews July 2022

JST Lewis and Finley

JST Lewis and Finley
Credit: Clare Kemsley

Posted: Wed 6 Jul 2022

First of all, welcome to all our new members; thank you for joining BASOC and remember – ask if you have any questions about orienteering! We look forward to seeing you at training and events.

1. Jamie Stevenson Trophy

Here is a report from Alice:
It was great to have the Jamie Stevenson event back after two years missed due to Covid and myself, Finley and Lewis went down to Perth to run for BASOC. We started with the opening parade and then a communal warm up to music. Lewis was running yellow so got to look at his map in advance and Finley was great at helping him understand all the symbols. I came 3rd in W18, Finley came 6th in M12A and Lewis "absolutely smashed" M12B winning by 12 minutes!
Lewis had only done 2 taster sessions before running this event - so he's obviously picked things up really quickly.
Myself and the other juniors selected for GB this summer were asked to hand out the medals at the prize giving. Well done to FVO for winning the overall club trophy for the first time.

2. BASOC Taster sessions

Our taster sessions are complete! Thanks to everyone who helped out, collected controls or had a friendly conversation with our newbies; we now have several new members who are already running at (and winning!) competitions and loving being out in the forest. A huge success that we hope to see continuing into the future.
Lewis went to the Moravian event at Roseisle at the end of June and won the Orange course – well done!

3. Tuesday=O

In July our Tuesday sessions will be on the wonderful slopes of Creag Meagaidh, with exercises planned by Andy Llewellyn. Details of where to park and how to get the map are on the website, on the usual T=O page.
We're currently looking for someone to plan the Tuesday training sessions for August 16th, 23rd and 30th - if you'd like to do them, or just learn a bit about what's involved, please get in touch with Hilary Q ()

4. Orienteering events

During the summer, several BASOC members are competing at various events around the country – and abroad. Reports from these will be uploaded to the BASOC website; the first is a report from Lynne who went to WOC Tour (the races for all which are held alongside the World Orienteering Champs) in Denmark.
Alice is currently on the ScotJOS training camp in Sweden and hopefully a report of this will come on her return.
There should also be reports from the Lakes 5 Days, Coast & Islands, Alice's Junior European Cup selection (October, Germany) and any other orienteering exploits BASOC go to this summer / autumn!
INVOC and MOR hold some local events during August and September, keep an eye on their websites.

5. Coaching courses

There are 2 coach education courses currently scheduled to run this autumn.
Coaching Foundation 30 Aug - 20 Sep: this course is a ‘get you started’ course for anyone who would like some basic coaching skills.
Level 1 25th Oct - end Nov: this course qualifies you to lead coaching sessions in ‘easy’ areas. You have to have completed the Coaching Foundation course first of all.
For further information about these have a look on the Scottish Orienteering website.
A Young Leaders course will also be held this autumn. The plan at the moment is to hold 3 regional courses. These would be held as one day face-to-face courses with maybe an initial online session. It would be useful to have expressions of interest from clubs with rough numbers to inform our planning. Participants need to be 14 + and confident at TD3. Please let Lynne know if you are interested in this.

6. BASOC Board meeting

The minutes of the BASOC Board meeting on 9th May are available to read.

7. Honorary membership of British Orienteering

Congratulations to BASOC member Issie Inglis who was awarded Honorary Membership of British Orienteering at the recent AGM. This is to recognise her WOC SkiO Bronze relay Medal from 1975 (better late than never!).

Published by Lynne Walker