Published on April 27th, 2017 | by nioa-sec0
Anthony McGonigle wins Silva Award
The winner of the 2017 Silva Award was announced as Anthony McGonigle of North West Orienteering Club at the British Orienteering AGM.
In 1983 SILVA (Sweden) AB decided to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation. The awards were to enable Federations to honour those who have contributed in a special way to the development of orienteering. With the assistance of SILVA (UK) Ltd this was interpreted, within the UK, as being a person or persons who have made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on ‘field’ activities rather than committee work.
Anthony has been at the forefront of orienteering in Northern Ireland for over 40 years. As a pupil then teacher at Limavady Grammar School he has nurtured young orienteers at the school to compete at numerous competitions. He produced the first 5 colour map in NI back in 1977 and is still an active surveyor and cartographer to this day. He is someone who goes about his obvious love of orienteering with humility, always keen to provide help and guidance to less experienced planners, controllers, organisers and fledgling mappers.
Many congratulations Anthony!