Awards for Garingal club members for 2021 were announced at the Christmas Party last weekend. Many Garingal orienteers received ONSW Badges for overall performance during 2021; Gold/silver/bronze Orienteering Australia Badges for performance at designated Badge Events during the last two years (see here for details); and ONSW Junior Waratah Badges and certificates for participation. Congratulations to you all - the spirit of orienteering resides in us all coming together to give it a go. Without each of you, orienteering would not be as much fun.
Importanly, Garingal runs its own tally room under the excellent scrutiny of Jim Merchant. It does not matter what class you run, you simply have to be in it to win it. For the 2021 Garingal Club Champion, Ross Barr (M75) came out on top with 877 points, followed by Cooper Horley (M16) second on 846 points with dad Adam Horley (M35AS) third on 760 points. Great achievement you guys. See the next Newsletter for the full leaderboard. There are also two special awards for juniors: the Garingal Encouragement Award which went to Anneka Corry, and the Most Improved Junior Award which went to Nick Stanley. Congratulations!
However, although the competing side of orienteering is fun, without our club volunteers there would be no events! Garingal's 2021 Silver Hare Award donated around forty years ago by Moira Whiteside for the purpose of recognising a person who has given generously of their time to the club has been awarded to Johnny Petersen. Johnny is a very talented club member and has been the man behind the club website for many years and a critical SI Team member for many years. Johnny has also been event Organiser for events, including a major event at Hill End. Great work Johnny, the Silver Hare is well deserved.