We’re delighted to introduce Chris Millard, our new Club Development Officer (CDO)! Earlier this year, the Orienteering Foundation awarded us funding for this post, to introduce new people to orienteering and enhance the experience of our existing members.
Chris has been a member of DVO since 2010, and before that was active in Oxford University Orienteering Club, where he took up the sport originally. Beginners normally start with an Orange course; Chris went straight to Brown and was immediately hooked! With his family, he has spent two separate years in Australia, running with Melbourne’s Bayside Kangaroos. One of these years was during the early days of Covid-19, when Chris completed over 120 MapRuns in the city.
We look forward to working with Chris to put his ideas into practise over the next year. The focus of activities will be north Derby, where we are planning to hold a 6-week beginners and improvers programme this autumn.
Chris qualified as a Level C Controller 2 years ago and will be tackling the Level 2 Orienteering Coach qualification while in post. He recently mapped Portway Junior School in Allestree, and ran four sessions with the Year 6 children. Here he is in action at our recent Alvaston Park event!