This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Army Sports Awards honours a man who has dedicated many years of service to his chosen sport of Orienteering.
Major Colin Dixon stood head and shoulders above a shortlist of very strong nominees for this year’s highly-coveted award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is not a given. There are many candidates worthy of nomination and the process to find the most deserving of the award can be full of challenging decisions and considerations among such a range of talented sportsmen and sportswomen in the British Army.
Maj Dixon retired from the Army in 2012, after 42 years of service, during which time he made an unparalleled contribution to Army Orienteering.
Despite retiring, he still continues to deliver significant organisational and planning support to the sport.
He has always participated successfully at Army and Service level and is a seven times British Orienteering Champion.
In addition to competing, he was the Army Orienteering Coaching Officer for eight years, where he developed, coordinated and delivered more than 80 training courses.
This included everything from introductory to advanced levels and he delivered more than a hundred Army orienteering events in that time.
He was also the Mapping Officer to the Army Orienteering Association (AOA), overseeing the mapping of new areas for military orienteering and ensuring all existing mapping was maintained and up to date.
In what spare time he has, Maj Dixon is a Race Director for Brutal, a running company, delivering off road challenges across the toughest courses in the country.
This year’s nominee is a most worthy recipient, given several decades of dedication and success, but more importantly for the unparalleled benefit to Army Orienteering for many years to come.