Standout Gippsland sporting stars recognised

Monica Harasimiuk was named February Gippstar open award winner after achieving national volleyball selection.

The Traralgon athlete had a series of selection trials, culminating in the National Junior Selection camp at Churchill in December last year.

She was selected as a member of the 2016 Australian National Junior Women’s Volleyball team.

The team will represent Australia in international events in Thailand and the United States later this year.

The February junior winner was Jordyn Cargill from Traralgon for swimming.

At the Gippsland Championships Jordyn was awarded the Alan Harlow Trophy as the most successful 14 years and under swimmer of the weekend.

Jordyn won all six age group events to achieve this award.

He was ranked sixth overall among all the boys – of all ages – in overall points.

Andrew Brady from Glengarry West was named March open Gippstar winner for his efforts in clay target shooting.

Brady recently achieved gold and currently holds the record for the most consecutive clay targets shot from the maximum distance of 25 metres at the Australian Clay Target Association National Championships (132).

He also holds records with the Australian Professional Trap Shooters Association Championships (131), as well as the Australian record (146).

Brady is the first person to hold all three marks at once, and all were achieved in the past six months.

The March Gippstar junior award winner was Benjamin Lang from Wurruk for athletics.

Benjamin recently competed in the finals of the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in Perth in the under 16 category and brought home a bronze medal with a personal best.

TRARALGON swimmer Emily Beecroft has been named April Gippstar open award winner.

Emily won four gold medals at the National Age Swimming Championships competing in the S9 Multi-Class category.

She took out the 50 metre and 100m freestyle and the 50m and 100m butterfly. Emily’s butterfly time of 31.93 seconds was only 0.23 off the world record time of 31.76.

The swimmer will now head to Rio as a member of the 2016 Australian Paralympic team.

The April Gippstar junior winner was Sophie Bennett from Tynong North for her efforts in equestrian.

Sophie competed in the Interschool Dressage Series, which is one of the three qualifiers in the Victorian Equestrian Interschool series.

Sophie won gold at the competition and was the overall champion in the secondary intermediate novice level.

May nominations for Gippstar are now open and will close on 16 June.

If you would like to recognise the sporting achievements of a Gippsland athlete, coach, administrator or official (amateur or professional), nomination forms can be downloaded from the Gippsland Sports Academy website