The Orienteering Tasmania Annual Awards Night recognised outstanding voluntary contributions as well as sporting achievements, particularly in the open age class.
Cathy and Jon McComb (pictured) not only organised everything to do with the Night, they and their children Zali and Jett, managed to take home a swag of awards, medallions and certificates between them.
Their successes were warmly received by all. Both Jon and Cathy have done an enormous amount of voluntary work over the years - often behind the scenes involving timing, course planning and many other technical tasks. Cathy is also often sought after for her wise and professional advice on all things orienteering.
This year also, in his new dual roles as State Coaching Coordinator and Schools Team Coach, Jon has played a huge part in helping the rest of us improve our skills. Jon has organised many Technical Training Sessions as well as the Orford Training Weekend and the Junior Camp. He also supported Mark Purkis, our British Coach in Residence, deliver coaching in Hobart over our long summer.
In recognition of Jon's motivating efforts and corresponding incredible fitness (setting up exercises, joining in and retrieving tapes on top of his own endurance running program) Jon was named both Coach of the Year and winner of the Vice President's Award.
Other notable award winners on the Night were Bert Elson (pictured left with OT President Ian Rathbone) and Miriam Whittington. Bert was awarded a Service Medallion for his Outstanding Achievement of running the successful Easter Tasmania 2018 Orienteering Carnival. And Miriam was presented with the President's Award for her efforts in helping Bert out with marketing and communications.
In addition to volunteering achievements, the Annual Awards Night also highlighted winners in the Men's and Women's 21A (open age class) in the Sprint, Middle and Long Championships.
Cathy and Jon both won the Middle Championships held at Calvert's Beach early in the season. The Sprint Championships held in Devonport recently were won by Jed Flemming and Clare Hawthorne. And on the day of the Awards Night Jon won the Long Title with Quinn Bissett taking out the Women's Title.
In an award which reflects strong performances in all three disciplines, Jon won the Men's Orienteer of the Year competition and Quinn Bissett the Women's.
Also on the Night, Jon and Cathy's daughter Zali McComb was announced winner of the John Brammall Perpetual Trophy for Individual Excellence in Orienteering. There is a separate article with the final points for both this Excellence Competition and the Orienteering Series Tasmania (OST) Competition.