Warwick orienteer to worlds for the third time
ORIENTEERING: A top-30 finish is the aim for Warwick star Simeon Burrill who leaves on Saturday for his third Junior World Orienteering Championships in Tampere, Finland, on July 9-16.
Two years ago, he competed in Norway and last year had his best finish with 54th in the sprint in Switzerland.
The Australian team will go into camp in Finland to prepare for the world championships.
He will compete at three different distances at JWOC, middle distance (4-5km), sprint (3.5km) and long distance (12km) as well as relays.
The Australian team includes six men and Burrill is aiming to be in the A relay team this year after competing in the B relay in the past two years.
After graduating from Warwick High in 2015, he had a gap year in 2016 and has now finished the first six months of a physiotherapy degree at the University of Queensland.
Burrill said studying for his degree had taken its toll on his training.
"I am still running 70 to 80 kilometres a week, mostly around St Lucia,” he said.
His first aim in Finland will be to better his performance from last year.
"Top 30 would be great,” he said.
After JWOC, he will compete in five events in Fin 5, a totally separate competition.
Burrill recognises the strength of the sport in Europe.
"There was an event north of Tampere which attracted more than 10,000 competitors, our biggest are around 1000,” he said.
He plans to do some training at Stanthorpe today in terrain similar to what he expects in Tampere. "It is a lot wetter and softer under- foot in Finland,” he said.