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With a number of events coming up in the next couple of months where we would like to see you participate, either as competitors or as helpers, we have set up a poll for you to indicate your availability for these. It would be helpful if all club members could complete the poll - even if you are unavailable for all.
Due to the strong winds and heavy rain that was expected on Saturday morning the Rivers Wood SOG event was postponed. It is hoped that the event will take place later in the season once a suitable date has been identified.
We need some help to run the Sunny Sussex weekend this year. Each event needs an organiser who mainly takes care of setting up tents and signs, arranging the assembly area and distributing volunteers. The event is coordinated by Anna Chapman, so comprehensive assistance is provided and experience is not necessary - we just need to share the load. We also need a planner for the exciting urban event we plan to put on at Sovereign Harbour. The events are Sat 16th May Regional at Abbots Wood (Hailsham), Urban Regional at Sovereign Harbour (Eastbourne) and Sun 17th May National at Friston Forest (Eastbourne). Please contact Anna.
Don't forget to enter for British Orienteering Champs and JK2020 for cheaper entry prices. The British Champs is in our region this year and is open to all members of British Orienteering (every SO member is a member of British Orienteering). You'll find the same kind of courses, just with the addition of commentary, elite classes and a more exciting event arena. Well worth a go. JK2020 is an annual international event and is attended by lots of SO members - this year it is in the North-East.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is now available at SO events in the download tent.
It is very simple to use, you don’t need to be trained to use it. Just open the cover and it will give you clear instructions on how to attach the pads. It will then assess the heart rhythm and will only instruct you to deliver a shock if it’s needed. You cannot deliver a shock accidentally.
To find out more: view a short promotional/training video here or speak to Steve Blount the next time you're at a SO event.
The following Summer Sprint League 2019 medals are still held by the chairman and will be available at the following events at the SI tent.
A number of club members travelled down to the Forest of Dean at the end of November for the Southern Day and Night Championships. We came away with seven trophies with particular congratulations to Roger Maher (M80) and Ruth Rhodes (W75) who did the double. Also winning were Mike Gammon (M85 Day), Neil Crickmore (M55 Night) and Jonny Crickmore (M21 Night).
Volunteers are the heart of our club. Every event is run by volunteer club members and all are encouraged to get involved. It's a great way to learn new skills and get to know your fellow Southdowners a little better.
Our Volunteer Coordinator Di Turner is responsible for finding Planners, Organisers and Controllers for events. The Event Planners usually find their own volunteers for the 'on the day’ tasks such as map sales, newcomer assistance, first aid, car parking and control collecting, however, Di will also help find volunteers for these positions if required. In addition to this our IT team, responsible for registration and download, is always keen to train up new helpers and Di will happily put you in touch with them.