Thursday, December 7, 2023

Christmas and the President's Cup

Uringa Orienteers tradition is to end the year with a Christmas celebration and social, including The President's Cup, more wonderful food than anyone can eat, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The President's Cup

Set by the Club President or his representative, the Cup offers some physical exertion in preparation for a wonderful meal and some mental exertion which is usually more than just navigation. This year's course set by Matt Peters was a challenge with a little extra.

Named 'Remembering Dick O' in memory of  Dick Ogilvie,, it was a black-and-white map...that's what the maps were like when Dick (and Matt) started orienteering.  (Dick and Maureen's presence was missed.)

Then, the course. Score format with a question to answer. for each had to be there.

How the results are determined is up to the course setter and never straightforward. Traditionally,a large, a medium and a small mug are presented; due to technical difficulties the Uringa mugs were not available.

Winner of the large cup: Sherry Zhou. (No photo as Sherry had to leave before the presentations.)

Winner of the medium cup: Karen Shaw (No photo because she was so excited the photos were blurry.)

Winner of the small cup: Linda Sesta

Thanks to Helen and Matt Peters

Over the past 20 years or so most of Uringa's end of year/Christmas festivities have been held at the Peters' home. They  offer a home complete with marqee, barbecue and other necessities, including a warm welcome. Helen's cheerful greetings and quiet organisation calm the noisy chaos of multiple generations of orienteers, partners, children and granchildren. Access to the grounds of St. Joseph's College for swimming is also appreciated.

Santa Claus Always Comes

And There's Plenty More to Enjoy

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