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CLUB DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

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Fleming Mary 
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Fleming

Mary Fleming has been appointed as CLOK's Club Development Officer.

A message from the CLOK Chair

I'm very pleased to welcome Mary Fleming as CLOK's new Club Development Officer (CDO).  Mary will start her active work for us in September, after the summer holidays – and hopefully after we've been able to enjoy the Scottish 6-Days! – although you may well notice her doing some preparation work before then.

As CDO, Mary's focus will be to build up our Klub membership – particularly of those in their 20s and 30s, including those with young families.  The CDO role is complementary to our School Development Officer, and Mary and Connor will work together to provide routes for people to get involved in our fun adventure sport of orienteering.  I'm confident that more people will enjoy our sport once they have more opportunities to be introduced to it and to enjoy taking part and improving their skill.

I'm also confident that CLOK members will respond enthusiastically when Mary puts on more activities for both current orienteers and 'newbies' to enjoy, and that there will be plenty of volunteers willing to help with both our main programme of events – including Sunday events and the Summer and Autumn series – and the additional events and activities that Mary will be arranging.

Appointing Mary now allows some thinking and preparation time before she moves to Leeds (from her current base in Sheffield) in September.  And to answer the obvious question, yes, Connor and Mary do know each other and already sharing ideas about how they can help us increase CLOK's membership.

I wish Mary every success in this key role.  There are some exciting times ahead for our Klub!

Caroline Mackenzie CLOK Chair

P.S. Thanks to the Orienteering Foundation for providing financial support to enable us to establish the CDO role.

Now over to Mary to introduce herself:-

I'm incredibly excited to take on the CDO role for CLOK and to work alongside Connor in developing some really exciting and refreshing opportunities to enable both current members and school students and prospective members to get involved in orienteering and to really feel a part of the club community.  I plan to work with the club to deliver weekly activities, to increase participation in the club's existing programme, and to promote the success of – and recruitment of members from – the schools league while, of course, further strengthening CLOK's reputation as a welcoming and adventurous community in the Cleveland area.  I think it's hugely important to do this with the input of club members, so from September please come and say hi, have a chat and let me know what you'd like to see more of in the club!

A bit about me.  I grew up orienteering in Australia and have been competing in the Australian National Squad since 2008.  I've lived in the UK for six years now, and in that time I've been able to really immerse myself in lots of different orienteering settings.  I've gone on to compete in several World Cups and World Orienteering Championship events, have had great relay success with SYO in the UK, taken a role on the SYO committee and have joined, competed and trained with Swedish club IFK Lidingo.  I've also coached at the Junior Regional Orienteering Squads' Stockholm tour and enjoyed many multi-day competitions around Europe.  Alongside this, I have a background in personal training and wellness coaching and I'm a UK distributor for orienteering equipment brands NVii, Str8 and Noname.  So, as you can see, orienteering and development of the sport is very important to me.  Courtesy of illness, injury and the pandemic I've made some lifestyle changes and decided to rekindle an old direction – so alongside this CDO role I'm going to be studying a masters in Biodiversity and Conservation.  I can't wait to get stuck into both of these exciting roles!

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