Orienteering Australia is pleased to welcome Clare Hawthorne to the OA Board as Director (High Performance).
Clare grew up in Tasmania, where she spent many long hours travelling to orienteering events in the back of the family Kingswood. After several years of enforced participation – during which she memorized every lyric of Glenn Campbell’s Greatest Hits from the one cassette tape on high rotation – she surprised everyone in her family by winning W12A at the Australian Championships at Stockton Dunes. Spurred on by this complete fluke, she went on to represent Australia at many international competitions, including the first ever JWOC, held in northern Sweden. She still counts the train trip from Malmö to the Älvsbyn with all the other JWOC teams as one of her best orienteering memories.
Professionally, Clare has an economics background and currently works as a policy advisor for the Australian Government. After living interstate and overseas for many years, she returned to Tasmania where she has been involved in all aspects of orienteering organization and administration. She was Director of Performance on the Board of Orienteering Tasmania before leaving to take up a Director’s role on the OA Board. She is looking forward to working with state and national coaches, board members and athletes to strengthen and expand OA’s high-performance program.