BENDIGO'S top junior orienteers showed outstanding navigational skills at the Victorian secondary schools championships, claiming podium finishes in seven age groups.
Leisha Maggs, from Bendigo Senior Secondary College, dominated the girls open A class, winning the event in bushland at Plenty Gorge in Melbourne last Friday by more than 12 minutes.
Creek Street Christian College student Karina Cherry took out the girls 13A title by a similar margin.
And Jimmy Cameron, from Bendigo South East College, led the way in the boys 15A division, working his way around the 3.9km course in under 28 minutes.
There were many other great performances from young Bendigo Orienteers club members, including:
Boys: Glenn James, Woodleigh School, 2nd in 14A; Michael Loughnan, Girton Grammar, 3rd in 14A; Lachlan Cherry, Creek Street CC, 2nd in 16A; Tavish Eenjes, Girton Grammar, 3rd in 16A; Louis Cameron, Bendigo SSC, 3rd in open A.
Girls: Caitlyn Steer, Crusoe College, 2nd in 14A.