DIVING champion Abby Rowley is the first quarterly winner in the Bendigo Sportsmen's Association's Junior Sports Star of the Year award for 2014.
The Australian Diver of the Year in the 12-13 years class, Abby was in hot form at this year's Australian Age Group diving titles.
The young star from Bendigo Divers won gold in the 3m, bronze in the platform and 1m finals at the championships in Adelaide.
The talented diver put in many hours training with the Heather Tyter-coached squad at Bendigo Aquatic Centre.
Abby, 12, has competed at the Australian Age Group titles the past four years.
She is a grade six student at St Joseph's Primary School in Bendigl.
Abby was junior captain of Victorian team at the Australian Schools Diving Titles held in Adelaide last year.
The Junior Sports Star finalist receives $200 and will be in the running for more funding should she win the overall award.
The Junior Sports Star of the Year award is sponsored by Coca-Cola, Bendigo Bank and the Bendigo Sportsmen's Association.
Talented athletes across a wide range of pursuits have been yearly and quarterly winners since the BSA Junior Sports Star of the Year award began.
Age limit for nominees is now 16 years.