Simeon, Alison, Philip and Marion Burrill can’t wait for the start of the Australian Easter Three-day Championships on the Southern Downs on Friday.
Simeon, Alison, Philip and Marion Burrill can’t wait for the start of the Australian Easter Three-day Championships on the Southern Downs on Friday. Gerard Walsh

Family maps winning style

SIX Burrill family members will take part in this weekend's Australian Easter Three-day Orienteering Event on the Southern Downs.

Philip and Marion Burrill have always camped as a family so were attracted to a sport which combined the bush, fitness, maps and a compass.

The only member of the family missing this weekend will be daughter Ruth who is heading to Fiji on a cruise with six friends.

While Philip and Marion compete for fun, Warwick State High School students Alison and Simeon will use the weekend to improve their competition fitness for the mid-year state school orienteering championships.

Both won their cross country races at Warwick High last week.

Ruth and Grace were the first two of the five siblings to represent Queensland.

Grace will compete this weekend along with the middle sibling, Lilian.

Lilian has competed in the Easter Three-day for five years, an event used as a selection trial for national selection.

For the past three years, Lilian has represented Australia in the World Junior Orienteering Championships and wants to make it to a fourth this year with a top performance on familiar country this weekend.

Philip runs 3km most days and rides a bike from Warwick to his workplace at The Hermitage Research Station.

"My main aim at the weekend is to do a good job of navigation," he said.

"I am in one of the most competitive age groups and would be happy to finish midfield.

"This is the main national selection event for elite competitors."

Marion will compete in the 45-54 years age group in a field of 21 from all around Australia.

There are 660 nominations from six countries, including 23 from New Caledonia and 10 from Finland.


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