2022 Silva Award

The South African Orienteering Federation has awarded the 2022 Silva Trophy to Warnell Engelbrecht.

Warnell Engelbrecht at the Long-O at Modderfontein

Motivation for Silva Award 2022 – Rand Orienteering Club

Over the last year, Warnell has been highly active in spreading orienteering in South Africa to new regions of the country, primarily in provinces with no existing orienteering clubs. He has actively been promoting the sport he loves to various communities and schools in smaller towns and rural areas around the country, as well as a few larger centres. He has made extensive use of the SAOF’s toolbox kit of training exercises to encourage children in map reading and navigation and has further developed it where necessary. What makes his dedication to orienteering so remarkable is that he is still relatively inexperienced at a competitive level in the sport, and has never been a member of an affiliated SAOF club as he hails from Concordia near Springbok in the Northern Cape and has only been involved in orienteering over the last handful of years.

The list of areas he has promoted orienteering in the last year through various courses is extensive and the below list is almost certainly not complete.

Gauteng : Tembisa in Midrand and Garstfontein, Pretoria

KwaZulu Natal: Verulam, Durban and Waterloo, Umhlanga (in conjunction with members of the Polokwane Orienteering Club)

Northern Cape: Namaqualand region, Upington and Alexander Bay

ROC believes that Warnell is truly worthy of the Silva Award.