Students heading in right direction in Orienteering Championships

St Brigid’s students Sinjani Masaninga, Elysha Cooper and Jerome Salcedo competing. Picture: David Baylis           d439518
St Brigid’s students Sinjani Masaninga, Elysha Cooper and Jerome Salcedo competing. Picture: David Baylis         d439518

THE WA Schools Orienteering Championships was held at Fred Jacoby Park in Mundaring on Tuesday.

More than 1100 primary and secondary school students took part.

Students competed as individuals or in pairs to find their way around and through the park, surrounded by stunning State Forest and landscaped gardens.

There were courses for different age groups, ranging from 2km for Year 3 up to 5km for Year 12.

Orienteering WA president Jennifer Binns said local schools were well-represented and included students from St Brigid’s Primary School, Bakers Hill Primary School, Ellenbrook Secondary College, Holy Cross College and La Salle College.

St Brigid’s had won the champion primary school shield for three consecutive years (2011, 2012 and 2013).

Star St Brigid’s performer Joanna Maynard (15) has been selected for the National Orienteering Talented Athlete squad, the feeder group into the Junior Elite Orienteering Squad.

“Joanna certainly has the potential to represent Australia in international competition and will be aiming to be part of the Australian Junior World Championship in future years,” Ms Binns said.

Joanna began orienteering at primary school and quickly excelled, drawing on her success in cross-country running.