On Friday 17th of May, 132 young Gippsland athletes received graduation certificates from the Gippsland Sports Academy.
The function was held at the Premiere Function Centre in Traralgon and recognizes the achievements of the athletes over the preceding 12 months. Over 200 guests celebrated the achievements of the graduating athletes and were inspired by this year’s guest speaker Chris Anstey, 3 time NBL Champion, 2 time Olympian and Latrobe Financial Company ambassador.
There were four major awards presented this year.
The Phil Shelley Award for service to the Gippsland Sports Academy and sport in Gippsland. This was awarded to Dave Jones (from Lakes Entrance). Dave Jones was the instigator and integral to the start of getting Shooting into the Gippsland Sports Academy. Dave’s passion for the sport drives him to find ways to improve the standard and depth of shooter’s. He realised that there was a lot of talented young people in the Gippsland region but they needed support to be able to pursue the sport further. Once he assisted in getting the program up and going, he ensured all the selection events and camps were organised and facilitated. He also attended every coaching day and competition with no direct reward. Dave has been involved in the sport of Clay Target Shooting for over 8 years and has also volunteered at National events as a referee and in a variety of other administration tasks.
The David Drane Award for encouragement was won by Molly Cargill (From Traralgon).
Molly Cargill has learned a lot this year. Not just about her sport, and her ability, but also about how much improvement is required to compete at the highest level in Australian Swimming. Achieving multiple National times in a year, saw Molly gain an opportunity to race at National’s in 2019. In doing so, Molly achieved a goal she set for herself 2 years ago working and dedicating herself towards this single goal.
Molly improved her best times in 80 % of her swims at Nationals and made 3 finals an amazing achievement for Molly and hopefully a great start to a long swimming career. Molly is extremely hard working and passionate about her Swimming.
She is dedicated and determined to do whatever it takes to improve, and has shown that, with her excellent change in mentality towards growth and stroke correction. This is all any coach can ask for, from their athletes.
The Darrell White Award is in recognition of high achievement in a team orientated sport and was awarded to Lily Kerrison-Male (from Port Albert). This is Lily’s second year in the program and she continued to display an exceptional work ethic in her chosen sport of netball which has seen her skill level on the court. Lily works hard on improving her skills and this isn’t going unnoticed with the young 14 year old playing her domestic netball in an age group above her eligibility and A Grade. Lily seeks feedback and is never satisfied until she has reached the best delivery. Lily displays a level of maturity beyond her years with her ability to understand the tactical and technical aspects of the game.
Lily currently represents Sale Netball Association in her representative netball and is a very strong prospect to take the next step in the Netball Victoria Player Pathway. Lily was a member of the Premiership team when representing Sale Netball Association in the Eastern Zone Premier Netball Competition. A quiet achiever, Lily has a simple philosophy, work hard and your dreams will come true.
Lily is a proud example of an Investment in Excellence and a very worthy winner of the Darrell White Award.
The Tim Forsyth Award for Sporting Excellence was won by Jack Stockdale. Jack (from Koonwarra) continues to demonstrate a high work ethic by setting realistic goals and training appropriately to achieve a high standard. He is also a good sportsperson, always encouraging and inspiring others. Jack’s record speaks for itself. He continues to shoot great scores under pressure and is always pushing himself to achieve his personal best. Some of his results:
Member of the 2019 Australian Glen Trophy Team for New Zealand – May 2018
1st – World 150 Target 12 Gauge Championship – 5 Man Team (October 2018)
1st – World 100 Target 20 Gauge Championship – 2 Man Family Team 198/200 (October 2018)
Runner-Up New Zealand National 12 Gauge 100 Target Skeet Champion – 100/100 (November 2018)
Overall and AAA Grade – NSSA 12 Gauge Champion – 100/100 (Caboolture, Qld – July 2018)
Overall and AAA Grade – NSSA 28 Gauge Champion – 99/100 (Caboolture, Qld – July 2018)
The youngest person (18 years old) to qualify for the Victorian Skeet Hall of Fame – June 2018
Overall South Australian High Gun Champion – 299/300 (March 2019)
Overall Tasmanian High Gun Champion – 246/250 (October 2018)
Overall –Tasmanian State 12 Gauge Skeet Champion – 167/167 (October 2018)
Overall – South Australian State 20 Gauge Skeet Champion – 64/64 (March 2019)
Overall – New South Wales State 20 Gauge Skeet Champion – 118/118 (October 2018)
Overall – South Australian State Skeet Doubles Champion – 49/50 (March 2019)
The Gippsland Sports Academy wishes all the athletes the best for their sporting future.
Overall Award Winners:
Phil Shelley Award:
From L – R: Dave Jones (Clay Target Shooting) & Darren Chester (Member for Gippsland)
David Drane Award:
From L – R: Russell Northe (Member for Morwell) & Molly Cargill (Swimming)
Darrell White Award:
From L – R: Darrell White (GSA Board Member) & Lily Kerrison-Male (Netball)
Tim Forsyth Award:
Above: Jack Stockdale (Clay Target Shooting (File photo) Jack was unable to attend the night due to competing at Nationals in Wagga Wagga . Award was presented by Harriet Shing Member for Eastern Victoria & Dave Jones (GSA Clay Target Shooting Program Manager) Pictured below:
This year’s Guest Speaker Chris Anstey with some members of the GSA Board:
From L – R: Jaqueline Madden, Sandra Timmer-Arends, Jim Vivian, Chris Anstey, Diane Blackwood, Darrell White & Shane Paynter