2008 SILVA National Orienteering League
Cash and Prizes up for Grabs, and not just for the Elite!
The National Orienteering League will move into an exciting near era for 2008, after securing a naming rights sponsorship from SILVA. The Swedish company is synonymous with compasses and Orienteering throughout the world. Recently SILVA was acquired by Fiskars Brands, which also includes companies such as Gerber, Brunton, and of course FISKARS Garden and Craft. SILVA has grown to produce many other items including high-quality head lights, trekking poles, GPS units, and watches.
The SILVA National Orienteering League will continue to provide quality competitions where the state based teams compete for the Men’s and Women’s trophy, as well as the growing Junior SILVA National Orienteering League. The sponsorship will enable cash and prizes to be presented to individual events and overall series winners. But there will be also be random draw prizes for other age categories following the prize giving ceremony at selected events. The series consists of 18 races from March to September and is a truly National competition taking place in 5 states.
SILVA hopes their involvement will raise the profile of the SILVA National Orienteering League and help increase the overall popularity of Orienteering in Australia. Orienteering Australia is looking forward to building a strong and successful partnership with SILVA throughout 2008 and into the future.
“We hope we can create an improved atmosphere at these races. SILVA’s support has enabled us, for the first time to offer those extra things at events that will get everyone just a little more excited about the event. It is more than a win for the elite, it’s a win for everyone in the sport.” claimed Ben Rattray, Director Development.
The sponsorship also allows another exciting new initiative, a video competition for budding reporters. In a similar format to the popular short film “Tropfest” carnival, the competition aims to reward short video reports that highlight the SILVA National Orienteering League. Competition details can be found here.