Golden year and sports award for Warwick East leader
AFTER winning the 2015 Queensland Schools Orienteering Championship long distance event in her first year of competition, 2016 was a big year for Warwick East State School student Madi Balloch in more ways than one.
The 12-year-old started the year with Darling Downs selection trials at Crows Nest, club events and hard training before backing up last year's effort with a bronze medal in the long distance event and gold in the sprint.
As well as her sporting achievements, Madi was a school captain last year and runner-up age champion in swimming.
She was school age champion for cross country and athletics and represented her school at Southern Downs and Darling Downs levels in both sports. She is a member of the Warwick Little Athletics Centre.
Madi's local club, Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club, hosted the Australian National Orienteering Championships with 750 competitors and she competed in middle and long distance events at Stanthorpe and the national sprint at Gold Coast University.
She is one of the 2016 monthly winners to be honoured at the annual awards night early in 2017.