Cassie Heaslip with her medal for third place in the state championships.
Cassie Heaslip with her medal for third place in the state championships. Gerard Walsh

Cassie finds way to state team

AFTER representing Darling Downs at four state championships in cross country, Cassie Heaslip is over the moon to make her first state team in a new sport, orienteering.

The Scots PGC College boarder is from Yelarbon and gives a lot of the credit for her success to the help of fellow Scots PGC student Jess Hoey who made a state team last year.

She is joined in the Queensland team by Warwick State High School student Alison Burrill who will represent her state for a second successive year.

Both recorded third placings in the state championships in Brisbane last weekend, performances which helped Darling Downs win the trophy for top region in school orienteering.

Heaslip was third in the individual 14/15 years age group.

She said running was her greatest strength in orienteering.

“I need to improve my map reading a bit,” she said.

After first making a cross country team in year 7 at Yelarbon State School, Heaslip has made three teams since boarding at Scots PGC.

Her best cross country performance at state level is 20th in 2010.

Burrill is the fourth member of her family to compete for Queensland.

She was Darling Downs joint captain at the championships and was third in the 4.4km senior A event.

Last year, she finished in the top five in medium distance at the nationals in South Australia.

Her greatest thrill this year was securing a medal for her third placing.

“I have been orienteering for eight years and have only received certificates previously,” she said.

Burrill said 4.5km was her best distance.

Earlier this month, her sister Lilian competed in her third world junior championships and Alison would love to follow suit.

“I need a bit more training so will probably aim to make the Australian team next year,” Alison said.

Stanthorpe State High School student Amarina Nhaynes is a reserve but will travel with the team.

This year’s nationals start in Canberra but events will also be held in NSW and Victoria.



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