Alan Gartside (County Antrim)- Nominated by Northern Ireland Orienteers
“Alan was one of the founders of orienteering in Northern Ireland and has been actively involved in all aspects of the development of the sport for over 40 years. From committee member to acting as an official in all capacities, he’s been an ever-present and reliable member.
Alan’s knowledge and passion for the sport saw him appointed the team manager for the Irish team. This role led him to undertake extensive mapping projects as well as officiate in all the major events held in Northern Ireland, including the British Championships and the JK International.
Through his dedication and commitment to making orienteering accessible to all, Alan has, over the past decade, become one of the leading experts in the UK and Ireland for Trail O. This is an adaption of the sport to provide for those who are physically challenged. He has staged every Irish Trail O championship since 2004.
When not actively organising or overseeing events, Alan prints all the maps required by Lagan Valley Orienteers even successfully negotiating with a sponsors to supply the printer. He has carried out this duty, in his spare time, from his home for over ten years.
A quiet and unassuming man, Alan’s work never goes unnoticed and is appreciated by all who are privileged to work with and know him.”