YOUNG guns from swimming, cycling, soccer and water polo are in the running for the Bendigo Sportsmen’s Association’s Junior Sports Star of the Year award.
The four finalists – Isabella Symons, Isaac Buckell, Tayla Vlaeminck and Lily Pridham – will be among the special guests at the BSA’s Christmas Dinner to be held on November 29 at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club.
Guest speaker at the function, which starts at 7pm, will be sports commentator Tony Charlton.
The fourth quarterly winner, Isaac Buckell excelled in the opening round of the National Junior Track Series in Sydney.
Racing in the under-15 division, Buckell, 13, was first in the match sprint final, 15-lap points race and elimination.
He was runner-up in the scratch race, 4000m points score and 500m sprint.
A great year on the soccer pitch for Strathdale striker Tayla Vlaeminck included representing Victoria at the Australian youth championships in Coffs Harbour.
The Blues’ ace was the only Bendigo girl selected in the under-14 state team.
In the water, Lily Pridham and Isabella Symons shone.
Pridham became the third member of her family to represent Victoria in water polo.
The grade six student at St Francis of the Fields Primary School was in Victoria’s under-14 team which contested the annual East Coast Challenge in Melbourne.
Whether it was sprints or longer distance, Isabella Symons racked up many medal wins and PBs.
Highs included gold and bronze in the 12-years backstroke and butterfly finals at the Victorian Sprint Championships.