Phil Basford, winner of the SILVA Award 2017

I am delighted to say that Phil Basford was honoured with the SILVA Award by British Orienteering at the 2018 AGM at Easter. The award is for a person who has made a very significant contribution to orienteering over a period of years, with an emphasis on 'field' activities rather than committee work. This is a tremendous achievement and well deserved for such dedication and commitment to orienteering by Phil over 40 years and continuing.

Silva Award

The Award was inaugurated in 1983 by SILVA (Sweden) AB to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the first Silva compass by establishing an annual award within each IOF member Federation. The list of past winners is impressive and includes several names familiar with those of us who have been orienteering for many years.

It was an easy submission for the Committee and others to develop. The list of Phil’s contributions and achievements grew and grew as further input was received. You only need to look at the website to see the exciting ongoing projects including Darenth Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme, Dartbord, The Niche and the emphasis on Juniors and Coaching. These are just a part of Phil’s current activities.

Phil commented

"What a surprise to receive notification from British Orienteering that not only had I been nominated for the SILVA Award 2017 but in fact been successful! To have been recognised by your sport peers for your efforts is not only very gratifying but rather humbling. So, a big thank you to my Klubb colleagues, past and present, for your support, very much appreciated. Very few of us work totally on our own and so a little bit of this trophy belongs to each one of you.

I have been orienteering since 1969/70 whilst in the forces. A member of BAOC and ROC (as it was at that time) and then DFOK when I moved to the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital around 1977. During that time I have orienteered in Germany, Denmark, Belgium and France as well as all countries UK with the exception of Northern Ireland. Too many events to account for but many JK's and Multiple Day events in Scotland and Wales. I have also enjoyed working with SEOA colleagues on a number of JK's in the SE over the years.

Orienteering is my sport and I am passionate about it enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of all I have run with. So thank you friends, I might not see you in the forest, but perhaps at a local event soon."

I am sure all club members will be delighted to see Phil recognised in this way …… and will wish him well for the next 40 years!

Andrew Evans