April Sportstar 2019 nominees

By Riverine Herald

Congratulations to footballer Brodie Kemp and multi sporter Rebecca Cladingboel who are the 2019 Sportstar of the Year April nominees.

Brodie Kemp

Highly touted defender Brodie Kemp was a strong performer in the NAB AFL Australia under 18 side in their annual clash against a VFL team.

Kemp was selected to the side, along with other members of the AFL’s academy hubs, leading the side to a victory against Casey Football Club.

The selection, coupled with his performance on game day, has earned Kemp the April nomination for the Echuca Moama Sportstar of the Year.

Kemp, who spends his time between Geelong Grammar school football and the Bendigo Pioneers and is viewed by some as ‘‘arguably the most advanced defender from the 2019 crop’’ is doing his draft prospects no harm with recent performances against some of the top players in the country.

Kemp finished the match with 12 disposals out of the centre, as well as a mark and two tackles.

But his four clearances and one inside 50 were the most positive signs out of the match, with Kemp proving he could match it with the best midfielders in his draft class.

The under 18 side got the chocolates on the day, winning by 23 points.

Rebecca Cladingboel

Sometimes a sport can just come naturally as Bec Cladingboel discovered earlier this year after taking home the Buffalo Stampede.

In her first undertaking of the event, Bec was also crowned as the Oceania Skyrunning champion, enjoying the moment as she crossed the line with daughters Isla (aged 9) and Ivy (6).

She faced off against 150 competitors, with only 100 getting across the finish line.

It followed on from a successful year in which Bec finished third in one of the St Kilda 2XU Triathlon Series for women aged between 30 and 34.

While she also finished fourth in the Geelong half ironman for women aged 30-34, and 12th place for women overall.

Bec also won the Echuca aquathlon in January.