World Orienteering Day (WOD) will become an increasingly important activity for the future of orienteering. The interest from many countries is huge and it’s growing even in the Nordic countries. As you maybe know, Turkey was outstanding last year with almost 50 000 participants. We are now getting ready for this year’s WOD on May 24th, and as Project Manager I have the responsibility to inspire and implement WOD in such a way that we reach the target 500,000 participants at 5,000 locations in 100 countries by WOD 2018.
An important part of this work is to promote WOD, which we will do in many different ways. The WOD ambassadors is one of these. We will contact many national team runners in several countries and therefore we are asking you if you are interested in becoming a WOD ambassador.
We are proud to present our WOD ambassadors:
Thierry Gueorgiou, Ida Bobach, Jerker Lysell and Jonas Leandersson
What does this mean?
- Always have a positive approach when you are discussing WOD with other athletes, coaches, organisers and of course media. Tell them that WOD is important for the future of orienteering. Tell them that we want to use WOD as a fun promotion activity of orienteering. We believe that WOD can make the feeling of orienteering more cool and exciting for kids and young people. We want to make orienteering more visible and more accessible so we can attract more people to the great sport of orienteering.
- If you have the possibility, please be proactive and ask orienteers where they are going to carry a WOD event and if they have registered on the WOD website: worldorienteeringday.com
- If you have one, please use your website or blog to promote WOD. You can also use e.g. a slide when you are doing speeches for youngsters at seminars. We will provide you with WOD-logos for this purpose.
- We would also like to feature you in connection with the WOD newsletter, where we would be happy to quote you what you think of WOD. For this purpose I will be happy if you can send me a photo of you.
To be available May 24, 2017 (if possible) for local event or some of the National Federation’s event. Maybe running with the students and writing autographs.
As you can imagine, it’s a volunteer assignment, but when you line up on various events organised by the club or National Federation you should charge for your participation. Our ambition is to develop appropriate ambassador clothes / -accessories that you can use in different contexts.
Orienteering is Cool and Awesome!
Will you join us?