Eric Andrews (right) receives his medal from ACT orienteer David Hogg.
Eric Andrews (right) receives his medal from ACT orienteer David Hogg.

National recognition for orienteer

STANTHORPE orienteer Eric Andrews has been awarded the 2010 David Hogg Medal for services to event management by Orienteering Australia.

The award was announced at the annual general meeting held during the Australian three-day championships contested in the ACT over Easter.

Andrews, a member of the Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club on the Southern Downs, has been involved with orienteering for more than 30 years, as a competitor, administrator, selector, technical director, event organiser and mapper.

Few other Australian orienteers have made a greater contribution to the sport in so many areas.

Apart from his many contributions to orienteering, Eric has also played a major role in event management during the past 26 years.

As well as organising hundreds of local and state events, he has also made a significant contribution to the conduct of many major national events.

He was the main organiser of the 1982 Military Orienteering Championships in Queensland, an organiser of the family relays at the Australian three-days at Cherrabah in 1987 and technical co-ordinator for the 1991 Top State Carnival which comprised six events, including the Queensland and Australian championships at Stanthorpe.

Andrews was also the technical director and course setter for the 1995 Australian Three-Days Orienteering Championships staged at Crows Nest.

He undertook the role of event co-ordinator and technical director of the Asia-Pacific Orienteering Championships Carnival on the Southern Downs in 2000, which comprised nine events, including the Australian and Asia-Pacific Championships.

In 2004, he was event co-ordinator for the Australian Three-Days Orienteering Championships at Ipswich, which was part of an extended carnival that also included the Australian MTBO Championships, the Australian Middle Distance Championships and the Southern Downs Championships held outside Stanthorpe.

More recently, he undertook more than four years work to co-ordinate the Australian Orienteering Championships Carnival that were held at Maryborough in September/October 2008.

The carnival comprised 15 separate events during a 12-day period, including all disciplines of the Australian championships – sprint, middle, long and relay – as well as the sprint, middle and long-distance events for the Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.

In its nomination for the award, Orienteering Queensland said Andrews’ voluntary work during decades as an event organiser had been characterised by a high standard of professionalism and the ability to bring together a large number of volunteers from many clubs to work effectively as a team.

The nomination also stated that his skills in strategic planning, leadership, knowledge of, and attention to technical details had proven invaluable in delivering major carnivals of a high standard that have been well received by the orienteering community.



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