ENCOMPASSED: Simeon Burrill competes in Western Australia where he won a national silver medal.
ENCOMPASSED: Simeon Burrill competes in Western Australia where he won a national silver medal. Contributed

Silver for Simeon at national titles

WARWICK State High School student Simeon Burrill has won silver in the 16 years men's age group at the Australian Long Distance Championships for orienteering at Northam in Western Australia and earned a spot in the national honour team.

He was only 13 seconds behind the winner from Victoria in the 7.6km event on a course with a lot of technical detail.

His father Philip said there was a lot of rock and fallen timber on the course.

"You really had to navigate well or lose a lot of time for being in the wrong place," he said.

Simeon competed in seven events starting with the West Australian Championships then the national school championships and national orienteering championships.

Due to his consistency in all events, he was one of four boys named in the Australian school honour team and is a reserve for the Australian team for a competition against New Zealand in Tasmania in January.

In school competition, he was 11th in the senior boys' class at the Australian Schools Championships and his relay team came fourth. Queensland was second behind Tasmania.

His older sister, Lilian, was assistant coach of the Queensland Schools team and only competed on short courses herself where she recorded two firsts.

Sister Alison, who graduated from Warwick High in 2012 and is now at university studying exercise and nutrition science, had a best of fourth at the nationals.

She is now aiming to make the Australian junior team to compete overseas next year.

The trio and parents Philip and Marion, who also competed, are members of the Bullecourt Boulder Bounders Club.

The last club event for the year is on Sunday at Applethorpe.



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