Trent Blinco in action during the Queensland Schools Orienteering Championships.
Trent Blinco in action during the Queensland Schools Orienteering Championships.

Trent maps way to being champ

GETTING lost is something Trent Blinco is not keen on.

You see, having no navigational skills would be a real concern for a rising young orienteering star like him.

Fortunately the 16-year-old is good at reading maps and running – that's why Queensland selectors have named him in their line-up to contest the nationals next month.

The St Mary's College student will race into action for the Queensland senior boys team in the Australian Schools Orienteering Championships in South Australia.

Blinco, a member of the recently established Fraser Coast Orienteering Group, earned his call-up following 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 the following day.

Not a bad effort when you consider Blinco started the sport just as a hobby about four years ago before making the decision to race competitively last year.

He said it had proved to be the right decision.

“I just love it,” said Blinco, also a member of the Bundaberg United Scrub Harriers Club.

“You cannot beat it as far as I'm concerned.

“My performances in the state titles were my best by far.

“I hope to carry that form into the nationals – that would be great.”

With Queensland selection now on his resume, Blinco is already setting his sights even higher.

“I'd love to represent Australia – who wouldn't in their chosen sport?” asked Blinco, who competes in two events a month (one in the Brisbane region and one in Wide Bay).

Anyone interested in seeing some of the best in the orienteering business in action will have a great opportunity shortly when the Fraser Coast Orienteering Group hosts the Queensland State Championships near Aramara off the Biggenden Road on August 21 and 22.



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