The Silvastipendiet Care More for environment, inclusion & gender equality in orienteering.

Every autumn, Silva, together with the Swedish Orienteering Federation, awards the Silvastipendiet Care More scholarship to an individual or association that has done something extraordinary for the environment, inclusion, or gender equality within the sport of orienteering.

Previously, Silvastipendiet was linked to performance and results, but in 2019, the focus shifted from elite to "Care more," which is in line with Silva's long-term sustainability strategy. Nowadays, those who work to protect fellow human beings and our planet in the sport of orienteering are rewarded. By highlighting good role models, we hope to inspire and motivate more people in the sport of orienteering to focus on these areas.

Anyone can nominate a person or organization that has done something extra for the environment, inclusion, or gender equality in orienteering at the beginning of the autumn. At the end of the autumn, the Silvastiftelsens board selects who will receive the scholarship of SEK 25,000.

Year 2022SILVA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: Marie Ohlsson

The Silvastipendiet Care More 2022 is awarded to Marie Ohlsson, from OK Storsjön - a driving force in orienteering in the Jämtland region. Marie has been instrumental in building up her club's youth activities from scratch. Moreover, she has opened up the orienteering community to even more inclusivity by welcoming people with intellectual disabilities into the club's activities and taking the initiative to create a new class for them at the O-Ringen event.

Marie Ohlsson

OK Storsjön

How did you manage to build up your youth program in such a short time? - Several of us felt that the club lacked a youth program four years ago. We started small by offering four training sessions in the fall and built up the leadership group by contacting people who had previously orienteered. Then we collaborated with other clubs and the district to create a youth series and camp activities. Today we have 70-80 children/youth in the youth program and 12 leaders, which is great! The key has been to not only focus on the technical aspects of orienteering but to incorporate play and movement understanding, for example through obstacle courses. And to create a context around the sport through camps.

Can you tell us about your initiative to create a new class for people with intellectual disabilities at O-Ringen? - Despite orienteering being a fantastic sport, the participants are a fairly homogeneous group. I want more people to experience nature through orienteering and for it to become more of a "we together" experience. When an adult guy with an intellectual disability wanted to start orienteering, I thought "let's try it." For people with intellectual disabilities, it takes longer to understand, but it has worked so well because children and parents help each other in the forest. We have all been able to learn from each other, and it has created a stronger sense of community.

When the two individuals with intellectual disabilities wondered which class to participate in at O-Ringen, I thought that it shouldn't be so difficult to create a class for them. I have received great help from the Swedish Orienteering Federation and O-Ringen, and I hope that the new class will provide these individuals with a sense of community with each other.

How did you get started with orienteering? My dad took me and my older brother to orienteering training when I was 8 years old, and ever since then I have loved orienteering and ski orienteering. I have done a lot of training on my own and also competed at an elite level, and I feel strongly about giving others the opportunity to experience orienteering as the amazing community and adventure it is.

Do you still compete in orienteering? - Yes, I love to challenge myself. Since I have two children aged 10 and 13, we have mostly competed locally around Östersund in recent years, but we have also gone to O-Ringen, the Northland Coast, and Norway.

What do you love about orienteering? - Because it's a treasure hunt and a nature experience in one. And because it's a constant challenge regardless of physical fitness. Anyone can do it at their own level, regardless of age or how long they've been doing it.

What do you do when you're not training or working with orienteering? - I have worked with education and research, largely on parasports, which has taught me to see the opportunities with parasports and the importance of inclusion.

Tidigare vinnare av Silva care more stipendiet

2021

David Hector, Snättringe SK

2020

Jefta Langerak, Järfälla OK and Anna-Lena Svensson & Lars Melander, Lidköpings Vintersportklubb

2019

Klara Mandahl, OK Linné and Ungdomssektionen i Halmstads OK