Australian appointments on IOF commissions

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Four Australians are currently serving on IOF commissions; two on discipline commissions, and two on support commissions. The discipline commission members are Mike Dowling (Foot Orienteering Commission), and Blake Gordon (MTB Orienteering Commission).

The support commission members are David Hogg (Environment Commission), and Barry McCrae (Rules Commission).

Blake Gordon’s efforts have been in formulating guidelines for the organisation of MTBO events, as well as managing the staging of the inaugural Oceania MTB-O Championships in the Albury NSW area on 23-25 March 2007 (helping Blake will be Kathy Liley (Event Adviser) and Rick Armstrong  (Event Organiser)).

The Rules Commission is responsible for maintaining the competition rules for the various forms of orienteering (foot, ski, mountain bike, and trail), and for the education and appointment of IOF event advisers. Barry McCrae has been re-appointed as member of the IOF Rules Commission for 2007-8, continuing a series of appointments that began with membership of the IOF Technical Committee in the late 1980s. He has held a number of positions in the IOF, and was Controller of the 2001 World Championships in Finland.

The IOF Environment Commission consists of orienteers with professional experience in environmental management and research.  It is responsible for promoting good environmental practice among orienteers and event organisers, and compiling and publicising technical information on environmental issues relevant to orienteering.  Several  reports prepared on behalf of the Commission are being made available on the IOF website.  The Commission is chaired by Brian Parker of Great Britain.

Australia is represented on the IOF Environment Commission by David Hogg, who has an environmental consulting practice based in Canberra.  He has been involved with environmental aspects of orienteering since the 1970s, and is currently working on a handbook for natural resource managers which summarises current knowledge of the environmental impacts of orienteering (in most respects, very low) and develops guidelines for addressing matters of possible environmental concern.  He has recently been conducting studies of the potential impacts of orienteering on Aboriginal archaeological sites.

The role of the Foot Orienteering Commission is to maintain the quality of this fundamental aspect of the sport, and explore future development of the sport (see detailed summary)