Congratulations to shooter Kiara Dean, netballer Claudia Mawson, footballer Brodie Kemp and triathletes Steve Gray and Christie Peters who are 2019 Sportstar of the Year November nominees.
Kiara Dean just keeps on winning at whatever shooting discipline she takes on.
The reigning junior Sportstar winner has added yet another accolade to her shooting career.
The 17-year-old dominated at the Victorian State shooting titles, taking first place in the ladies 50 target double barrel.
Dean shot a perfect 50 for 50 in the discipline, easily claiming the victory.
It was another success in a year which had seen Dean have success at the International Shooting Sport Federation Victorian titles, before heading to the ISSF World Championships and the Junior World Cup.
Dean was nominated in March of the 2018 awards, before going on to beat a strong field to claim her first Sportstar award.
It’s been a big few months for young local netballer Claudia Mawson.
After a dominant season in the GVL, which saw her claim the A grade best and fairest award for the Echuca Football Netball Club and fourth place in the competition’s best and fairest award, she was signed to the Melbourne University Lightning in the Victorian Netball League.
In November, Mawson would add yet another accolade to her season, when she was selected to 2020 Victorian Under 19 state side, officially making her one of the 12 best netballers of her age in the state.
Brodie Kemp has joined the list of AFL footballers from Echuca-Moama after he was selected by Carlton in last month’s national draft.
The 18-year-old joined the Blues via pick 17 after a strong season with Geelong Grammar and the Bendigo Pioneers, although he had his season cruelly ended by a knee injury.
Kemp’s talent was on show for all to see during the national under 18 championships earlier in the year, where he starred in several positions – most notably as a midfielder which saw his draft stocks rise.
His highlight came in the dying stages against South Australia at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium where Kemp took a contested mark before going back and slotting the match winning goal.
At the conclusion of the carnival, he was selected as a member of the All Australian side.
Brodie has been handed the number 17 guernsey by the Blues.
Some dream of just one chance to represent their country, but next year Steve Gray will have his third.
Following a strong display at the Western Sydney 70.3 Ironman, Gray will travel to New Zealand next year to compete in the World Championships.
“It has always been a goal to get back on the Australian team for a third time,” Gray said.
“As a kid you always dream of representing your country and to have that honour is something I’ll never forget.
“By the time I compete, I’ll be 49 so I’ll have a point to prove against some of the younger guys in my category.”
During the race, Gray endured a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride and 21km run as he finished 10th in the males aged 45-49 category and 90th overall out of 976 competitors.
The World Championships will be held over November 28 and 29 2020.
The green and gold is calling for Christie Peters.
Peters is set to travel to Taupo, New Zealand next year for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in November after being selected as an Australian representative.
The Echuca-Moama resident earned selection after finishing eighth in the women aged 40-44 division at the Western Sydney 70.3 Ironman event held last month.
A member of the i4 Coaching team, Peters’ effort also saw her cross the line as the 39th woman overall, among over 300 competitors.
This year has been a successful one for Peters who also competed in the Ironman Geelong 70.3 and the Ironman 140.6 Port Macquarie.
There, she finished eighth in the women aged 40-44 category and 45th out of her gender overall.
She also was involved in the Ironman 140.6 Busselton race held in Western Australia earlier this month.