The bankmecu Gippstar Awards acknowledge outstanding sporting achievements by Gippslanders. They have been running since 1960.
Monthly awards are made in senior and junior categories, with annual awards to the most outstanding achievers for the year.
bankmecu Gippstar July honours
Eleanor Patterson's high jump win at the World Youth Championships secured her the bankmecu Gippstar Senior Award for July. Passing in the early Championship rounds until the bar was 1.79 metres, Patterson was the the dominant jumper on the day with a 1.88 metres final clearance, 6 cm better than second place.
The Junior Award winner was tennis player Petar Jovic, who has impressed with his string of recent tournament finals in events around Victoria.
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Monthly winners who are eligible for the 2012-13 Annual bankmecu Gippstar Awards are:
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Public nominations of worthy Gippsland sportsmen and women are welcome. Details are on our Nominations page.
Annual bankmecu Gippstar Awards
Judo competitor Aoife Coughlan has competed at the sport's highest leveland won numerous medals and titles at National and International events. She was the deserving winner of the Junior bankmecu Award.
Aoife Coughlan and Lisa McConnell (representing brother Daniel)
with Amanda McMahon from bankmecu
The senior bankmecu Gippstar Award went to dual Olympian Daniel McConnell. Daniel is a cross country mountain bike competitor and was the winner of the first round of the International Cycling Union World Cup Event at Albstadt Germany earlier this year.
Teams & Club Awards
Traralgon Judo Club took out the award for Club of the Year with its president David Nabulsi being generous in his praise to those who came before him setting the foundations on which this proud and strong Club is based.
In a strong field of nominations for Team of the Year, Alberton Football/Netball Association Open Netball Team was successful. The Team is the current Premiers of the Eastern Region State League Netball Competition.
Also recognised at the ceremony were three special achievers, an award that acknowledges service to sport in Gippsland in a variety of roles.
Those recognised were Danny Anderson for his long and distinguished involvement with volleyball, Victorian Life Guard of the Year Daniel Sullivan, and Buln Buln Football Club Life Member Rick Gray for over 30 years of service to Australian Rules Football.
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