Trent finds gold on his map
TRENT Blinco is mapping a bright future for himself – when it comes to orienteering he sure is.
The 16-year-old St Mary’s College student now has an Australian gold medal to go alongside the Queensland one he won in August.
Not a bad effort when you consider Blinco started doing the sport as a hobby about four years ago before making the decision to race competitively last year.
Now he’s making tracks to becoming one of the rising young stars of the sport.
Blinco won his national title after helping Queensland win the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in South Australia – Queensland were crowned champions for the third consecutive year.
Not a bad way for Blinco to make his state debut.
The Australian Orienteering Championships also formed part of the event in South Australia and Blinco, a member of the Fraser Coast Orienteering Group, was in action in them.
His best runs were in the Australian Middle Distance M16 (3.5km+) in which he finished 8th and the Distance M16 (7.3km+) in which he finished 9th.
He also was in the winning relay team in the M21AS class.
Blinco earned his chance to shine on the national stage after a couple of impressive performances in the Queensland Schools Orienteering Championships.
He won the 16-19 age division in the sprint event at Leslie Dam and backed that up by finishing second in the Long Distance championships.
Blinco said he had thoroughly enjoyed the experience of his first nationals.
“I just loved it,” said Blinco, who is also a member of the Bundaberg United Scrub Harriers Club,” said.
“Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to do it again.”