I don't like to write here when I'm feeling really negative. I do,
occasionally, but try to avoid it. That is why there has been nothing
here in a while, and why there probably won't be much here for awhile
further. I'm upset at missing the trot again this year, and upset
about what orienteering is becoming for me. Below is my latest letter,
in frustration, to the VP of Comp. I have no choice because our
volunteer meet staff needs to press on. This is my orienteering life
now. At one point it was about running thru the woods, that woodsy, leafy
smell, the slant of the early morning sun, crashing thru spider webs
and seeing odd wildlife, the absolute joy of seeing reentrants where
you expect them, training to try to make the team, no matter how much
of a longshot that seemed. All that makes you feel really good inside.
Now its this -- and the sad thing is I don't see why it need be like
this. I wish it wasn't like this for me. Well, for whomever has been
reading, I think my next race of any consequence is Feb '04, so don't
expect much here in the meantime. Hopefully my mood will improve.
Another skill needed ... don't let it get to you ...
We continue to receive no response from the official USOF sanctioning address.
The last response I received was 8/23, for a sanctioning request submitted
7/24, for an A meet proposed for Oct 2/3, 2004, in Harriman, NY. We have
world class maps, an excellent meet staff, and a commitment to quality.
We had originally kicked it around as a possible WRE candidate, but the
delay in sanctioning has cost us and USOF that opportunity. We are kicking
around small elite event travel grant money for the M/F21 winners under the
team ESC's 2002 travel grant guidelines. We feel it will be an excellent
meet, one that DVOA and USOF will be proud of.
Now, we need to commit to the park, and reserve park facilities. The course
setter has identified good facilities that will work well for the meet,
and we don't want to lose them. We may not be the only group who will be
competing for park resources, and feel nothing positive is being accomplished
by this long delay, without the courtesy of a response, in the sanctioning
I'm not here to grind axes with the sanctioning process, though I personally
feel a critical look is warranted. I would simply like the meet sanctioned
for the volunteers who have already put alot of work into it, or an
explanation as to why it cannot be. Word off the record has it that the meet
has the sanctioning committee votes to be sanctioned, and has had them since
So, I am simply asking you, in your capacity as VP of Competition, if this is
possible, to grant the meet official sanctioned status, or to explain where
we are in the process, so our meet staff can get on with it.
Thanks for you consideration,
DVOA A Meet Coordinator