Kirra Marshall (WCU) and junior sports star monthly winner Madi Balloch.
Kirra Marshall (WCU) and junior sports star monthly winner Madi Balloch. Gerard Walsh

Madi's an orienteering star

WARWICK East State School student Madi Balloch loves all sport, but it is in orienteering where she is starring.

A Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Month winner for 2015, Madi will be one of 11 monthly winners honoured at the annual awards night early this year.

She won gold and bronze medals in individual events at the state championships in Ipswich and at Wivenhoe Dam.

Madi said she liked orienteering because it involved using her brain (to locate controls) as well as the running side of the sport.

"I like the longer distance events," she said.

She competes each fortnight at a Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Orienteering Club event, and is aiming to make a state team this year and compete in the nationals.

Last year, her 11 years age group was too young to be considered for Queensland selection. She was encouraged to try orienteering by PE teacher Marion Burrill.

As well as orienteering, Madi won age championships in athletics and cross country at her school and qualified for the Darling Downs championships in cross country, where she came 34th.

She competes in Warwick Little Athletics Centre days and is aiming to qualify for state championships.

Photo: Kirra Marshall (WCU) with Madi Balloch and her state medals.



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