Venla and Heidi Salonen at the orienteering camp at Leslie Dam.
Venla and Heidi Salonen at the orienteering camp at Leslie Dam. Gerard Walsh

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AFTER winning some events in Europe, Heidi Salonen moved from Finland to Brisbane 12 months ago and is in Warwick this week for the annual orienteering camp at Leslie Dam.

The 35 junior participants are staying at the Leslie Dam Recreation Camp for three days of coaching and competition on the granite country around the dam.

The students are part of the 2012 Orienteering Queensland Mini Cyclones Training Camp.

Heidi was at the camp with her daughter Venla.

"This is my first time at Leslie Dam and I am enjoying it," Heidi said.

She will return to the Southern Downs for the Easter three-day event this year.

"I turn 40 this year and will be aiming to win my age group at Easter," she said.

Heidi's husband Mikko is also an accomplished orienteer and will also be competing in April.

Bundaberg parent John Pickard travelled the furthest with two children and said the camp was important in their development as orienteers.

"This is a strong area for orienteering with very good maps; we only have 12 in our club at Bundaberg."


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