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FOOTBALL | SPORT
FOOTBALL | SPORT
Gippsland athletes received
graduation certificates from
the Gippsland Sports Academy
on Friday, May 20.
The function was held at the Pre-
mier Centre in Traralgon and recog-
nizes the achievements of the athletes
over the preceding 12 months.
The audience was treated to an
inspirational presentation by Jamin
Jamin has always been passionate
about health and fitness following in
his father’s footsteps.
Jamin has been in the fitness in-
dustry and leadership development
for six years and spent time as the
strength and conditioning coach of
the Essendon VFL team in 2012 and
founded the sports-based leadership
organisation Game Changers Austra-
lia in the same year.
Jamin is an intensely passionate
person who wants to see the success
of everyone he works with.
As always there are three major
awards presented on an annual basis:
The Rising Star Award is designed
to assist identified athletes from with-
in the Gippsland Sports Academy to
prepare effectively as they look to
take the next step in their sporting
As of 2015 the GSA will regard
this initiative as an underpinning
award to The Future Talent Program
facilitated by the Victorian Institute
Once identified, athletes will be
provided with funding through the
Gippsland Sports Academy to assist
them in their preparation.
This was awarded to Mikaela Cor-
The Phil Shelley award for sport
development within the Gippsland
Sports Academy was awarded to
Dean has really stepped up to the
senior swimming coaching role since
his appointment in 2015.
His planning of sessions and in-
clusive nature is just the right fit for
Academy swimmers who travel from
all parts of Gippsland to be part of the
A rare coach in the sport as he has
never competed as a swimmer, how-
ever, with a significant basketball
background his desire for excellence,
strategy and the right technique with
an underlying competitive drive for
improvement has assisted all swim-
mers and coaches in the program.
Dean’s work with Emily Bee-
croft to win a place in the Paralym-
pic squad for Rio completes what has
been an outstanding coaching year for
Dean both with the academy and his
The David Drane Award for en-
couragement was won by Ksenija
Ksenija’s outstanding commit-
ment and determination, along with
a passion and love of the game will
continue to drive her in the pursuit of
her long term goal of becoming a pro-
fessional tennis player.
She enthusiastically trains, prac-
tices, or plays matches six days a
For a young teenager living in the
country, leaving home at 5.30am to
travel to Melbourne for an 8.30am
match, playing a second match in the
afternoon, getting home at 8.00pm
and then repeating this day after day
during tournaments requires substan-
tial resolve and personal sacrifice.
Ksenija has worked very hard dur-
ing the past 12 months to improve her
She is ranked in the top 25 in the
state for her age group.
Ksenija has had many tournament
successes, both within her age group,
as well as open age events.
The Tim Forsyth Award for Sport-
ing Excellence was won by Emily
Emily has stepped up her training
and conditioning this season and the
results are there for all to see.
Emily dominated the country
championships, stepped up again at
state championships to win the multi
class swimmer of the meet, compet-
ed at national age and won 4 out of
4 events and finished off at Olympic
trials winning a silver in the 50 metre
More significantly, however, is
that she has been selected to the Aus-
tralian Paralympic Squad to compete
in Rio Paralympic games in Septem-
ber this year.
THE Leongatha Par-
rots’ Youth Girls
football team contin-
ues to grow in confi-
Despite a significant
loss against a slick Daly-
ston team on Sunday, the
endeavour and hard tack-
ling of the Parrots bodes
well for the future.
Early on it was How-
ard and Seanan who set
the tone, laying tackle af-
Howard was also
dominant in the ruck tap
outs, ably assisted by
Jones when they swapped
through the middle.
But the goals came
thick and fast for Daly-
ston, whose girls have
had a good two years to
While Whiteside was
solid in defence, the del-
uge continued as Daly-
ston found fast avenues
Casbolt was slick,
while Trewin continued
the trend of hard tackling.
Howard’s athletic dis-
play continued into the
turned defence into attack,
launching a forward foray.
THE Alberton Foot-
ball Netball League
has chosen young
Suckling as its April
The nomination says
Suckling has shown he
can play at a high level in
Under 18s and Seniors.
Due to necessity Hugh
has played a lot of Senior
football and is becoming
confident in many areas of
Hugh is in his final year
of under age football but
rarely plays for the Thirds
due to his commitment to
The Rising Star Award
is sponsored by Koru-
mburra Sports & Spinal
Rising Star: Russell Northe, the Member for Morwell with Traralgon Swimming Club cap-
tain, Leongatha’s Mikaela Cornelissen after she was named the Gippsland Sports Academy
Rising Star for 2015.
Passion for fitness: Jamin Heppell, founder of Game Changers Australia treated the audience
with a great presentation at the GSA annual awards dinner in Traralgon on Friday night.
Cornelissen honoured by GSA award
On ball: Parrot, Ainslee Logan was in the thick of it during a tough encounter with Dalyston on Sun-
Parrots beginning to shine
Good running from
Geary typified a Parrots
side that was prepared to
cover ground to make the
Dunn offered a cred-
ible target in the forward
Michael asserted her-
self across the half back
In the third quarter,
Dalyson opened with two
early goals to stretch their
However, the Parrot
girls kept persisting and
locked down the ball in
the forward line for min-
utes at a time.
They were achingly
close to scoring a major,
with Seanan, Howard,
Casbolt, Dunn and Logan
all involved in the play.
Ryan was hard at the
contest in the last quarter.
All the while Clarkson
began to shine.
In the end the contest
was beyond them, but the
Parrot girls will be a far
more formidable team in
the games and seasons to
April Rising Stars
A necessity: Hugh Suckling has shown great cour-
age as a youngster to play, of necessity, most of his
football at the Senior level.
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