Students from La Salle have taken out top honours at orienteering championships

La Salle College captains Lily McFarlane and Joel McMullen being presented with championship trophy.
La Salle College captains Lily McFarlane and Joel McMullen being presented with championship trophy.

IF you’re lost in the bush you might want to have a couple of these La Salle students around.

A team of students from the College won the 2018 Secondary School Orienteering Championships held at Lake Leschenaultia on June 20.

Orienteering WA promotions officer Helen Post said it was the second year in a row the school had taken out top honours.

“There were over 500 students competing as individuals or pairs,” she said.

“Some of the students who helped La Salle to victory have been doing orienteering since they were nine years old, taught by Hovea resident Mike Sibbald, at St Brigids Primary in Midland.

“Some of them are also members of the state schools team and will head to South Australia in September to compete at the National Orienteering Championships in Renmark and the Barossa.”

Mrs Post said the sport was often nicknamed the “thought sport” or “cunning running”.

“Orienteering is a sport for all ages, which involves navigating your way around a course as fast as possible,” she said.

“A compass is used as an aid but is not essential, unlike the map.

“At competition level it is an individual sport but can be done in groups.”

Mrs Post said Orienteering WA ran events year round which were open to the public and no experience was necessary.

There are upcoming events at Walyunga on July 8 and at Jorgensen Park on July 22.

For more information go to www.wa.orienteering.asn.au