Home run a special event for ex-local

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
Nicki Rehn, right, will be joined by sister Linda Kilpatrick for this week’s carnival.
Camera IconNicki Rehn, right, will be joined by sister Linda Kilpatrick for this week’s carnival. Credit: Michael Traill

Five hundred people are expected to flock to Narrogin this week for Orienteering Australia’s 2019 Easter Carnival.

Three of the carnival’s events, including the Australian Sprint and Middle Distance Championships, will take place in the region between today and Saturday offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for one international competitor with a local connection.

Canadian competitor and former Narrogin resident Nicki Rehn extended her annual Easter trip home to compete in the carnival and realise a lifelong dream.

“I was in Italy for the Italian meet when an American couple told me that Narrogin would be hosting the Australian Championships,” she said. “I didn’t believe them and said ‘I think you’ve made a mistake’.

“I normally would be back in Canada by now, but it was an opportunity of a lifetime to race on my high school and also in Foxes Lair where I grew up exploring every nook and cranny.

“I’ve run in Foxes Lair for years and years and always said it would make a great orienteering map — and then the universe listened.”

Dryandra Woodlands will host the Wandoo Wander today before Narrogin Senior High School sets the stage for the Australian Sprint Championships on Friday and Foxes Lair wraps up the carnival with the Australian Middle Distance Championships.

“I think any time orienteering gets moved around and people get to see it, it gets a boost because not many know what it is,” she said.

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