November Sportstar 2018 nominees

By Riverine Herald

Congratulations to swimmer Lara Judd and footballer Marty Hore who are the 2018 Sportstar of the Year November nominees.

It has been a year to remember for 16-year-old Lara Judd.

From carving up the Victorian Country Championships in January as part of a school-age swim team, to clocking two national qualifying times in the local pool, to winning statewide races, she has been there, done that, with nearly everything she has come across.

Part of the Echuca Swimming Club, Judd made seven out of seven finals in the country championships – and won two gold, a silver and a bronze medal for her troubles.

Needless to say, she was presented with the Outstanding Individual Award at the championships. But she didn’t stop there.

After a break over winter playing netball at a high level, Judd returned to the pool as the weather improved, and continued to topple competition left, right and centre.

At the local club’s annual carnival, Judd won all six of the events she entered, made the benchmark qualifying time for two national events, and set two new personal best times.

And at the Victorian Age Long Course Championships in the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre outdoor pool, where nearly 1000 of the best 12 to 18 year-olds gather and compete to represent the state, Judd secured a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke, dropping two and a half seconds off her entry time.

Marty Hore has finally achieved his footballing dream.

The Leitchville defender has scratched and clawed for every opportunity to prove his worth as an AFL calibre player.

Following two dominant seasons within Collingwood’s VFL system, which included team of the year honours, best and fairest awards, and a reputation as one of the best in Victoria in his position, Hore is finally getting his chance.

Hore was selected at pick 56 of the AFL Draft by the Melbourne Football Club, and within days was back in Melbourne meeting the members of the club, and beginning his AFL journey.

The 22-year-old spent draft day working on his family farm, not wanting to be overcome by the stress of the event.

But now Marty is an AFL player, and looking to make a major impact in the 2019 season.

“I think it is starting to sink in that I’m going to be an AFL player, and it’s fantastic that I get to be a part of the Melbourne Football Club.”