Eye on world titles

Warwick orienteer Lilian Burrill shows her style at Pratten in the Easter three-day carnival and is odds on to again make the Australian junior team.
Warwick orienteer Lilian Burrill shows her style at Pratten in the Easter three-day carnival and is odds on to again make the Australian junior team. Gerard Walsh

LILIAN Burrill had no trouble sleeping after each gruelling day of competition at the Australian Easter Three-day Orienteering Championship Carnival.

For the past five years, she has travelled across the nation for Easter competitions.

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The Warwick orienteer has been selected in the Australian junior team for the past three years to compete at the world championships and going on her performances at Ballarat last month and on the Southern Downs at the weekend, is odds on to be part of the girls' team of four which will be selected within the next week to compete in Slovakia between July 7-14.

"It is relaxing to stay at home, you don't have to worry about flights or how you get a lift from place to place," Lilian said.

"When I think about Easter, I think about flying to an event but not this year."

Before the long-course competition in the forest between Pratten and Thane's Creek on Sunday, Lilian said her hopes for Slovakia would all come down to that competition.

"If I make a mistake, I could lose a lot of time," Lilian said.

She didn't make a mistake but will not forget the lantana in the forest.

"There are thick hills covered in lantana so it is hard work to move quickly to the controls," Lilian said.

All orienteers are faced with the choice of going the short tough way or the longer faster way.

"I used the roads and tracks where I could," Lilian said.

"I was lucky I didn't meet any vehicles when I was crossing or running along Big Hill Rd."

Six members of the Burrill family have competed in the carnival.

While Lilian led after the first three days of competition in the women's 17-20 years elite class, her brother Simeon led the 14-years age group and mother Marion had a 13-second lead in the 45-54 A-short class with one event to go.

Lilian's sister Grace enjoyed a Sunday win in the women's 21 A-short class, but wasn't in contention for championship success.

Despite a navigational hiccup, yesterday provided another pleasing result for Lilian.

"I had a seven minute error on one of my controls but because I was 12 minutes ahead overall at the end of (Sunday) I still made it into the finish in first place overall," Lilian said.

"That was the last trial race before selection of the Australian junior team so now I am sitting in the best position I could be in for that."

Lilian's mother and siblings also finished with impressive results.

Grace placed second overall, Marion also experienced a navigational error and finished in the top six but unfortunately Simeon punched a control that was not his, which ruled him out of contention for placings.

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