Daisy named young orienteer of the year

Daisy is a member of the Scottish Junior Orienteering Squad and has helped to promote and advance the sport on Arran.

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Arran’s Daisy McNamara has been named Scotland’s young orienteer of the year.

Daisy, from Whiting Bay, was presented with the Tulloch Homes trophy at the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships and a voucher donated by Go Ape for a fun family adventure when she is back from a summer orienteering overseas.

Daisy, who will be 17 the day before she flies out, has two training tours to Sweden this summer, one with the Scottish junior squad and one with the British junior squad. She will be training on some of the best orienteering terrain in the world, near Gothenburg, and near Stockholm, for four weeks.

The national award Daisy has won was created in 2018 to recognise the significant contribution young people are making within their clubs and to the sport of orienteering. Daisy received it because of her local and international work and contributions which have helped to advance the sport.

A member of Ayrshire Orienteering Club, Daisy has initiated orienteering sessions on Arran, offering more young people an opportunity to enjoy and progress in the sport. And she has also successfully received grant funding from the Orienteering Foundation to buy orienteering equipment for use by her school and community.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: ‘Congratulations to Daisy on winning the prestigious young orienteer of the year award.

‘Daisy has shown real commitment to her sport, not only as an athlete but also as a coach. She has demonstrated the passion and enthusiasm required to encourage more young people to take part in sport and physical activity through the sessions she delivers at her home club on Arran.

‘These have been very difficult times for everyone, so it is particularly rewarding to hear of people like Daisy who have risen to the challenge and given so much back to the sport they love. Daisy is a deserving winner of this award.’

The Scottish Orienteering Association is the governing body for the sport of orienteering and is responsible for the governance, development and promotion of the sport in Scotland through the network of clubs, support of junior and elite squads, the staging of events and the training of coaches.


Daisy McNamara is presented with the Tulloch Homes Young Orienteer of the Year trophy at the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships.

Daisy McNamara is presented with the Tulloch Homes young orienteer of the year trophy. No_B25Daisy01

Daisy has helped to promote and advance the sport on Arran. No_B25Daisy02