A HALSTEAD teen is set to represent her country at orienteering.

Chloe Cracknell, 15, has been selected to represent England in her age group.

The youngster will travel to Belgium next month to participate in an international event, where she will compete against orienteers from the Netherlands, France and Belgium.

Armed with just a map and a compass, she will have to traverse unfamiliar terrain at high speed to reach the finish line first.

Chloe, a Year 11 student at Hedingham School, was inspired to take up orienteering by her PE teacher at St Andrew’s Primary School, and has not looked back since. This early involvement developed her map reading skills at a young age, allowing her to go from strength-to-strength.

Chloe said: “I was so happy to hear I had been selected to represent England as I had been trying for a while and it really was a dream come true.”

A school spokesman said: “It is really impressive that Chloe manages to combine a hard training regime with studying for her GCSE exams which will take place in the summer. She has high target grades to aim for and with her determined attitude to all she does, we are sure she will do well.

Chloe’s parents drive her around the country at weekends to events which always take part in hilly regions, as Chloe says there aren’t many hills or mountains in East Anglia.”

Chloe trains with Braintree Athletics Club, and will compete in the British Championships in May.

And alongside Chloe, Year 10 Abbie Kerr is proving girls rule the roost in terms of sport at Hedingham school.

Abbie participates in cross-country during winter and triathlons during the summer and is preparing for the Triathlon Super Series, which she hopes will lead to qualifying for N European events.