Young Career of the Year Award for Daisy McNamara of Arran

AN Arran orienteering expert is on track to succeed in the sport after winning a prestigious award.

Daisy McNamara, who is a member of the Ayrshire Orienteering Club, recently won the Young Orienteer of the Year award from the sport’s governing body, the Scottish Orienteering Association (SOA).

The national award, sponsored by Tulloch Homes, was created in 2018 to recognize the significant contribution of young people within their clubs.

Daisy, who is also a member of the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad, has started Orienteering sessions on Arran, giving more young people the opportunity to have fun and progress in the sport.

She also successfully received a grant from the Guidance Foundation to purchase guidance materials for school and community use.

Stewart Harris, Managing Director of sportscotland, said: “Congratulations to Daisy McNamara on winning the prestigious Young Orienteer of the Year award.

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“Daisy has shown a real commitment to her sport, not only as an athlete, but also as a coach. She has demonstrated the passion and enthusiasm to encourage more young people to participate in sport and physical activity through the sessions she leads at her home club in Arran.

“It was a very difficult time for everyone, so it is especially gratifying to hear from people like Daisy who have risen to the challenge and given so much to the sport they love. Daisy is a very deserving winner of this award.

Anne Hickling, President of the SOA, said: “It has been great to see such a strong group of nominations for this year’s Young Caregiver of the Year award.

“Young people are key to the future strength of our sport and these appointments can give us confidence that the future is in good hands.”

Daisy received the Tulloch Homes Young Orienteer of the Year trophy – along with a voucher donated by Go Ape – at the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships which took place at Scone Palace on June 1.

Orienteering is an outdoor activity where you walk or run a course through a series of checkpoints, using a map and compass to guide you. For more information, visit scottish-orienteering.org.

Dino J. Dotson