BUSY TIME: Simeon Burrill in action at Amiens.
BUSY TIME: Simeon Burrill in action at Amiens. Contributed

Southern Downs orienteers arrive in New Zealand

ORIENTEERING: Seven representatives of the Bullecourt Boulder Orienteering Club are in New Zealand for the Oceania Orienteering Championships.

The event is in the regular time slot for the Easter three-day event which is held each year in Australia. It was held on the Southern Downs in 2012.

Simeon Burrill is taking time out from his physiotherapy studies at the University of Queensland to compete for the Australian Bushrangers team against the New Zealand Pinestars.

He graduated from Warwick High in 2015 and has competed in the past two world junior championships in Norway and Switzerland and is aiming to make the Australian team again for a trip to Finland this year.

The event just north of Auckland at Easter is one of the selection events. He has already competed in events in Tasmania and the ACT this year and has some top-four placings so far.

His parents Phil and Marion will also compete in New Zealand along with Liz Bourne and the Fidge brothers, Jaiden and Cayleb, who have headed across the Tasman with their father Andrew Fidge. The first action is at Unitec Auckland today.

Before she returns home, Bourne will compete in the World Masters Orienteering Championships which will attract 2000 to New Zealand.



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