Superb efforts in many arenas

NATIONAL champions in a variety of disciplines are among the first nominees for the Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Star of the Year for 2014-15.

The judging panel for the awards, which are proudly sponsored by Bendigo Bank and now in their 50th year, will meet at the Bendigo Advertiser on Tuesday evening.

Superb feats across February and March will be evaluated.

Highlights in February included 20-year-old Nathan Wilson win the open singles final at the Bowls Australia national championships at Darebin.

Susan Howes teamed with Judy Stainton to win the over-60 pairs at the Australian Open lawn bowls titles.

Jack Haig was third in the Jayco Herald-Sun Tour cycling classic.

Bendigo Spirit centre Gabe Richards was selected in the Women's National Basketball League All-Star Five for the second year running.

Adam Beattie won the Australian Formula 18 catamaran title.

Yachting ace Glenn Ashby won the A-Class catamaran world title for the eighth time.

Gun cyclist Glenn O'Shea won his third world track title in the teams pursuit.

Ashby and O'Shea are mutliple yearly winners of Sports Star and ineligible for the award.

In March, Bendigo Spirit achieved consecutive WNBL championships when it beat Townsville Fire by 11 points in the grand final at Bendigo Stadium.

Just hours after Spirit's victory and Sam Crome teamed with Dutch ace Roy Pieters to win the McCaig Airconditioning and Daikin-backed Bendigo International Madison track cycling classic.

Kyabram sprinter Emily Lawson qualified for the world junior track and field titles to be run in the US after winning gold in the under-20 200m at the national junior championships in Sydney.

Sports Star of the Year for 2012-13, Matthew Dellavedova scored a career-high 21 points as Cleveland Cavaliers won the National Basketball Association clash with Detroit by a point.

Shooter Terry Boucher was second in the national ball trap titles in Waikato, New Zealand.

Premiership winners included Bendigo United Cricket Club's first XI, United Cricket Club's division one team, and Spring Gully Brougham Arms in the Bendigo Tennis Association's premier league.

On the bowls green, Golden Square was division one champion in Saturday and midweek pennant. 

Golden anniversary for awards kicks off

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