Isaac breaks into big time

Orienteering enthusiast Isaac Ward has recovered from a broken collarbone and is representing WA in a national competition. Picture: Marcus Whisson
Orienteering enthusiast Isaac Ward has recovered from a broken collarbone and is representing WA in a national competition. Picture: Marcus Whisson

The 15-year-old was recently selected to represent WA in the School Sport Australia National Orienteering Championships after coming third in a local event.

Isaac took up the sport competitively last year but was forced sit on the sidelines for a few weeks after breaking his collarbone in a race.

‘I was working my way through dense undergrowth and tripped on a grasstree and then because of my momentum, crashed into a tree, breaking my collarbone,’ he said.

The sport requires competitors to navigate their path through bush settings with the help of a map and a compass, with racers required to use their knowledge as well as fitness to win.

‘I think that is why I enjoy the sport, because it is not just physical but also mentally challenging,’ he said.

Isaac will compete alongside 10 other WA racers in the event from September 26 to October 5 in Perth.