Jan Kjellström

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Jan Kjellström
Born 1940
Died 1967
United Kingdom
Nationality Swedish
Known for Orienteering

Jan Kjellström (born 1940,[1] died 1967) was an orienteer from Sweden who played an important role in the development of the sport of orienteering in Great Britain. Kjellström, a son of Silva compass founder Alvar Kjellström, travelled to Great Britain to promote the sport. There, he helped to accelerate developments in orienteering competition, mapping and coaching. Kjellström died in a road accident early in the year of 1967.[2]

Jan Kjellström International Orienteering Festival[edit]

1967 saw the first Jan Kjellström International Orienteering Festival or "JK", held in memory of Kjellström. The annual JK moved to Easter in 1969, and now regularly attracts a field of four thousand or more. The 1974 JK was the first British event to attract more than one thousand entrants.[2]

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  1. ^ The Orienteer, Jan 1970, Vol. 2, No. 4, page 9.
  2. ^ a b "How orienteering began". Retrieved 2008-10-14.