Orienteering Victoria Award Winners

Services to Orienteering In Victoria Award Recipients

The Services award is selected annually by the OV Board. A shield engraved with the winners’ names is presented in recognition of outstanding service to Victorian orienteering, particularly over the preceding twelve months.

2004 Blake Gordon
2005 John & Jenny Sheahan
2006 Chris & Tom Norwood
2007 Peter Cusworth
2008 Peter Creely
2009 Jim Russell
2010 Peter Searle
2011 Neil Barr
2012 Kathy Liley
2013 Ian & Debbie Dodd
2014 Ruth Goddard
2015 Margi Freemantle & Ted van Geldermalsen
2016 Ray Howe
2017 Ian Dodd
2018 Stephen Bird
2019 Greg Tamblyn
2020 Lauris Stirling
2021 Debbie Dodd
2022 Laurie Niven

An award for services to School Orienteering was made in 2004 to Mandy Hennessy.

An award for services to Park Street promotion was made in 2010 to Ray Howe.

Orienteering Victoria Life Members

Life Membership is the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievement and service to the operation and growth of our sport.

Number Name Year Inducted
1 Robert (Bob) Millet (dec.) 1984
2 Alex Tarr 1984
3 Tom Andrews 1986
4 Ian Baker 1986
5 Barry McCrae 1990
6 Peta Whitford 1993
7 Kathy Liley 1994
8 Peter Searle 1994
9 Blake Gordon 1999
10 Walter (Wally) Cavill (dec.) 2001
11 Tom Norwood (dec.) 2004
12 Ken Moore 2004
13 Laurie Niven 2005 New benefits rules apply
14 Lindsay Thomas 2006 New benefits rules apply
15 Blair Trewin 2008 New benefits rules apply
16 John Sheahan 2013 New benefits rules apply
17 Jenny Sheahan 2013 New benefits rules apply
18 James (Jim) Russell 2016 New benefits rules apply
19 Debra (Debbie) Dodd 2017 New benefits rules apply
20 Ian Dodd 2017 New benefits rules apply

Orienteering Victoria Presidents

1970 - 1972 David Hogg
1972 - 1974 John Lewis
1974 - 1975 Lindsay Thomas
1975 - 1978 Hal Dalheim (Snr)
1978 - 1980 Lindsay Thomas
1980 - 1983 Tom Norwood
1983 - 1986 Barry McCrae
1986 - 1988 Sue Healy
1988 - 1990 Peter Searle
1990 - 1992 Dick Barker
1992 - 1994 Blake Gordon
1994 - 1995 Peter Jackson (dec.)
1995 - 1998 Hal Dalheim (Jnr)
1998 - 2003 Laurie Niven
2003 - 2006 Blair Trewin
2006 - 2010 Ian Dodd
2010 - 2017 Bruce Arthur
2017 Mark Hennessy
2018 - 2023 Carl Dalheim
2023 - David Jaffe

President’s Award

The President’s Award recognises an individual or group who, in the President’s opinion, has made a contribution during the last year that has not otherwise been noted.  It is usually announced at the OV AGM.

Year announced Year for  Recepient(s)
 2001  2000  Peter Creely
 2002  2001  Bruce Arthur; Tom Norwood
 2003  2002  David Hudson
 2004  2003  Mandy Hennessy; Ian Chennell
 2005  2004  Peter Creely; Stan Gurman
 2006  2005  Barry Hart; Geoff Hudson
 2007  2006  Dion Keech
 2008  2007  Barry Hart
 2009  2008  Warwick Williams
 2010  2009  The President’s Dream Team
 2011  2010  Ian Dodd
 2012  2011  Kathy Liley; Debbie Dodd

Australian Sports Medal

The Australian Sports Medal was awarded by the federal government  in 2000 (the year in which Sydney hosted the Olympic and Paralympic games).  It commemorates the efforts of Australians who have made our country a nation of sporting excellence.  The commemorative sports medal was introduced to acknowledge a range of Australians who, in different ways, contributed to the nation’s sporting success. These included former competitors, coaches, sports scientists, office holders, and people who maintain sporting facilities and services.

The following Victorian orienteers were awarded the medal:

  •  Kathy Liley
  • Hugh Cameron
  • Alex Tarr
  • Peta Whitford
  •  Barry McCrae

Event Management of the Year

The Event Management Award recognises the best organised event of the year, taking into consideration all factors other than the quality of the course setting.  It is selected by the State President.

Year Club/Team Event Lead Organiser(s)
2008 Melbourne Forest Racers 2008 Victorian Long Champs Nicola Dalheim
2009 Bendigo Orienteers 2009 Australian Long Champs Peter Searle
2010 Dandenong Ranges Orienteering Club WOC25 Debbie Dodd
2011 Orienteering Victoria 2011 Oceania Championships Darren Meeking
2012 Orienteering Victoria 2012 Xmas 5 Days Warwick Williams
2013 Eureka Orienteers Sprint Weekend Ballarat Blake Gordon & Jenny Bourne
2014 Bendigo Orienteers Bendigo Night Championships Christopher (Toph) Naunton
2015 Eureka Orienteers 2015 Australian Championships Carnival Mark Valentine & Mark Hennessy
2016 Orienteering Victoria Melbourne Sprint Weekend Margi Freemantle & Ted van Geldermalsen
2017 Melbourne Forest Racers Victorian Relays Nicola Dalheim and Natasha Key
2018 Bendigo Orienteers 2018 Victorian Middle Champs Andrew Wallace
2019 Orienteering Victoria 2019 Oceania Championships (Long/Middle) Leigh Privett
2020 No award made due to Covid-19
2021 Yarra Valley Orienteering Club Vic Shorts Ted van Geldermalsen
2022 Australian Schools Orienteering Championships Susan Guinane

Rockhopper Junior Award

The Rockhopper Junior Award comprises two awards of $250 for the best performing boy from M16, M18 or M20 and the best performing girl from W16, W18 or W20, as nominated by the Junior Squad Coach in consultation with the Coaching Committee.

 1998  Troy de Haas  Kathryn Ewels
 2000  Matthew Schepisi  Kathryn Ewels
 2004  Chris Naunton  Jasmine Neve
 2005  Chris Naunton  Jasmine Neve
 2006  Chris Naunton  Jasmine Neve
 2007  Morten Neve  Belinda Lawford
 2008  Bryan Keely  Aislinn Prendergast
 2009  Max Neve  Aislinn Prendergast
 2010  –  Rebecca Sunley
 2011  Max Neve  Mary Fleming
 2012  Todd Neve  Lanita Steer
 2013  Matt Doyle  Lanita Steer
 2014  Matt Doyle  Lanita Steer
 2015  Matt Doyle  Lanita Steer
 2016  Patrick Jaffe  Lanita Steer
 2017  Aston Key  Asha Steer
 2018  Aston Key  Asha Steer
 2019  Aston Key  Sophie Taverna
 2020  No awards made  due to Covid-19
 2021  Jensen Key  Sophie Taverna
 2022  Jensen Key  Sophie Taverna

Rockhopper Club Trophy

The former Rockhopper Orienteers club donated a trophy known as the Rockhopper Trophy.  This trophy is awarded annually to the Champion Club affiliated to Orienteering Victoria.

 1996  Nillumbik Emus
 1997  Nillumbik Emus
 1998  Nillumbik Emus
 1999  Nillumbik Emus
 2000  Nillumbik Emus
 2001 Yarra Valley Orienteering Club
 2002  Nillumbik Emus
 2003  Yarra Valley Orienteering Club
 2004  Nillumbik Emus
 2005  Nillumbik Emus
 2006  Nillumbik Emus
 2007  Nillumbik Emus
 2008  Nillumbik Emus
 2009  Bendigo Orienteers
 2010  Bendigo Orienteers
 2011  Bayside Kangaroos
 2012  Bendigo Orienteers
 2013  Bendigo Orienteers
 2014  Bendigo Orienteers
 2015  Bendigo Orienteers
 2016  Melbourne Forest  Racers
 2017  Bendigo Orienteers
 2018  Melbourne Forest Racers
 2019  Melbourne Forest Racers
 2020  No award made due to Covid-19
 2021  No award made due to Covid-19
 2022  Melbourne Forest Racers
 2023  Melbourne Forest Racers


Year Long Distance Middle Distance Sprint Distance Park and Street
2016 Todd Neve and Sue Key, Creswick Darren Eenjes/Daryl Fleay, Mt Korong Philippa Lohmeyer-Collins and Stephen Collins, Kardinia International College Kristian Ruuska, Waterford Valley, Monday Summer Series
2017 Roch Prendergast, Petticoat Gully Sarah Davies, YVGS Race 1 Rick Bailes - Waverley Woods, Monday Summer Series
2018 David Brownridge & Stephen Collins, Tipperary Jim Russell, Yorkshire Hill Dion Keech, Caulfield Grammar, Wheelers Hill Graham Wallis - Kingsclere, Monday Summer Series
2019 Warren Key, Kangaroo Crossing Patrick Jaffe, Nerrina Callum White, Eltham College Martine Barrott, Waterford Valley, Monday Summer Series
2020 No award made due to Covid-19 No award made due to Covid-19 No award made due to Covid-19 Suzanne O'Callaghan, Glenhuntly Gallop, Monday Summer Series
2021 Ted van Geldermalsen, Vic Shorts, Granite Hills Mark Valentine, Bristol Hill MTBO Don Fell, outstanding contribution to the Western Summer Series
2022 Neil Barr, Blackwood; John Gavens, Nerrina MTBO Bruce Arthur, Manor Lakes Michael Hubbert - Inaugural winner of the MICHAEL HUBBERT AWARD FOR PARK STREET COURSE SETTER OF THE YEAR, for his outstanding contribution to Park Street Orienteering in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula

Course Setter of the Year Awards to 2015

Course Setter of the Year – Bush

 Year  Winner(s)  Map  Event/Series
 2004  Peter Creely
 2005  Peter Searle
 2006  Peter Galvin  Korong Spur  Australian Middle Champs
 2007  Geoff Lawford  Nerrina  Eureka Challenge
 2008  Warren Key  Chewton  2008 Victorian Long Champs
 2009  Warren Key  Chewton  2009 Australian Middle Champs
 2010  John Chellew  Sedgwick  Bendigo local
 2011  Geoff Adams  Deadman’s Flat  Bayside Kangaroos Mayhem Weekend
 2012  Stephen Peacock  Rowdy Flat  Victorian Middle Distance Championships
 2013  Daryl Fleay  Yorkshire Hill  Australian Easter 3-Days
 2014  Geoff Lawford  Glenluce South  Eureka Challenge
 2015  Neil Barr  Bird’s Reef  State Series #6

Course Setter of the Year – MTBO

 Year  Winner(s)  Map  Event/Series
 2004  Keith Wade & Derek Morris
 2005  Ray Sheldon
 2006  Carolyn & Adrian Jackson  Old Quartz Hill  State MTBO Series
 2007  Toby Cooper  Creswick Forest  State MTBO Series
 2008  Geoff Armstrong  Muckleford Diggings  2008 Long Champs
 2009  Keith Wade  Woodend  2009 Champs

Course Setter of the Year – Park and Street

 Year  Winner(s)  Map/Event  Series
 2005  Phil Torode  Loughnans Park Quandary  Enduro
 2006  Russell Bulman  Research/St Helena  Enduro
 2007  Phil Poulton  Bundoora  Northern Summer
 2008  Rebecca Lalor & Peter Hobbs  Dandenong Creek  Eastern Summer
 2009  Katherine Dent & Kristian Halbert  Camelot Rise  Eastern Summer
 2010  Tina Smith  Mt Eagle  Saturday Winter
 2011  Warwick Davis  Kensington Banks  Western Summer
 2012  Peter Beggs  Footscray  Western Summer
 2013  Sandy Burgoyne  Cremorne  Saturday
 2014  Judi Herkes  Glengala  Western Summer
 2015  Ted van Geldermalsen  Port Melbourne  Western Summer

Coach of the Year Award

The Coach of the Year Award was instigated in 1994 to recognise the contributions of coaches to orienteering in Victoria.
1994 Peta Whitford
1995 Russell Blatchford & Tony Perrott
1998 Carolyn Jackson
2001 Peta Whitford
2011 Steven Bird
2012 Roch Prendergast
2013 Junior Squad Coaching Crew

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