May 212007
 
Belinda Lawford gave herself an early 16th birthday present when she was named yesterday in the 12-member Australian Junior World Championship team. In July 2007 the World Junior Orienteering Championships will be staged in Dubbo, NSW, the first time the junior championships have been held outside of Europe. Lawford – along with a strong junior team which included two other Victorians, Morten Neve (Bullengarook) and Rob Fell (Melbourne) – moved straight into a week-long training camp at Orange, NSW to sharpen up their orienteering skills and fitness in preparation for the World Championships. She is first female member of Ballarat’s Eureka Orienteers since Els Campbell competed in Italy in 1993 to represent Australia in the Junior World Championships – and the youngest at age 15 (juniors can compete up to age 20 in these championships) ever to represent Australia at JWOC. Congratulations to Belinda – and to her family which already has two former Australian WOC team members – Jenny and Geoff!