Lilian ranks among world's best
LILIAN Burrill has celebrated her birthday in Europe for the past three years with members of the Australian junior orienteering team.
The 2009 Warwick State High School graduate took last year off to concentrate on her orienteering and worked in Warwick to fund her sport and the start of her studies this year at the Queensland University of Technology.
She turned 19 on Sunday and was awoken by her family with an early birthday call from Australia.
In successive years, she has represented Australia in junior world championships in Italy, Denmark and this week in Poland.
The championships are at Wejherowa in the north of Poland.
Burrill was the second of the six Australian girls in the first event of the championships, the sprint, on Sunday.
She competed in the long distance on Monday, but was unplaced and had a rest day overnight.
Tonight (Australian time) and tomorrow night, Burrill will compete in her favourite middle distance events and then the relays on Friday.
Her mother, Marion Burrill, said Lilian's goal this year was not to be too tired by the time of the relays.
“In the past two years, she has felt fatigued in the relay and wants to perform strongly in this year's relay,” Marion said.
“It is good to see the Australian boys doing so well with a top 50 finish; they are competing against European teams with many more orienteers to choose from.
“Most of the top 50 in the boys and girls events are from Europe, it is a bonus if someone from Australia or New Zealand is in the top 50.”
Her best performance last year was ninth in the world middle distance B final.
At age 19, Burrill has the chance to again compete for selection in the Australian team for the 2012 championships in Eastern Europe.
The Australian junior team for 2012 will be selected at the Easter three-day event, which will be held in the Warwick area.
While Warwick is the three-day event centre, some of the competitions will be held on maps at Talgai west of Allora and on the Granite Belt.
Burrill will spend a week of touring in Europe after the world championships.