OL-Shop was founded 1977 and is ever since run by the Austrian orienteering pioneer Erich Simkovics.

Here’s a short summary of functions during his long orienteering career:

  • International Orienteering Federation: member of the Development Commission, promoting orienteering in South Europe, Technical Delegate at major international competitions, European Working Group, ...
  • Austrian Orienteering Federation (since 1968): President (2007-2009), Vice President (-2005), Head of various commissions, Jury, …
  • Founder of the first pure orienteering club in Austria (OLC, now OLC Wienerwald)
  • Orienteering Instructor at the University Sports Institute
  • Mapper of some of the first orienteering maps in Austria (Seefeld, Igls, …)

Organiser of following events:

  • IOF Congress and 3 Days Orienteering 1976 in Innsbruck
  • Ski-O World Meeting Karlstift 1978
  • Junior European Match 1984 in Hartberg
  • (Unofficial) Junior World Championships 1989 in Kufstein
  • IOF World Cup in Baden 1992
  • Countless local, regional, national competitions
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