Buckell claims Sports Star gong

ISAAC Buckell has joined an elite club by winning his second Bendigo Sportsmen's Association Junior Sports Star of the Year award.

The gun cyclist backed-up last year's victory in the prestigious award after another outstanding 12 months on the bike.

Buckell was crowned a dual-winner at a function at the Kangaroo Flat Sports Club last week.

He won the award ahead of other quarterly winners Abby Rowley (diving), Cooper Saunders (football and athletics) and Flynn Perez (soccer and football).

This year, Buckell excelled in road, track and mountain bike events.

Highlights included breaking the Australian record in the under-15 2000m individual pursuit at the Cycling Australia Junior Track National in Adelaide in February.

Buckell also took out the 500m time trial title in Adelaide, won silver in the sprint and was third in the scratch race.

He was crowned the national mountain bike cross country champion in February and won numerous Victorian titles on road, track and mountain bikes.

Abby Rowley enjoyed another standout year in the pool. She was named the Diving Victoria Age Diver of the Year and earned elite status to compete in meets only for recognised and top-quality divers.

Football and athletics prospect Cooper Saunders was the third-quarterly winner for 2013.

His highlights included playing the state's victorious under-12s football team and finishing second in the state athletics triple jump.

Perez captained Victoria to second in the national schools soccer titles in Brisbane and skippered the BJFL's under-12 inter-league team to victory over Ballarat.

Perez also won the BJFL's under-12 best and fairest.

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