HIGH achievers in cycling, baseball, badminton and rifle shooting are among the contenders for June in the Bendigo Advertiser Sports Star of the Year award.
Now in its 50th year, Sports Star is the longest running of its kind in the country, and is proudly backed by Prime 7 and Bendigo Bank.
Highs in June included the selection of Zak Dempster for this month’s Tour de France.
Dempster will make his debut in the world’s greatest road cycling race when he competes with NetApp-Endura from July 5 to 27.
Other cyclists to excel were Jack Haig and Lachlan Norris as they powered to third and fourth outright in the Tour de Korea.
Badminton aces Glenn Warfe and Jeff Tho were selected in Australia’s team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Another Games representative and Sports Star Hall of Fame member, Geoff Grenfell won the Australian Queen’s Prize in full-bore rifle shooting.
Talented baseballer Lachlan Jack was selected in Australia’s under-15 team to play at the World Cup in Mexico from July 30 to August 11.
Kyabram’s Emily Lawson is warming up for the 400m showdowns at this month’s junior world track and field titles to be run in Eugene, Oregon.
Casey Haynes was selected in Australia’s team for the world marathon canoe/kayak titles to be held in September.
On the netball court, Echuca’s Catilyn Strachan capped a fine season as Melbourne Vixens won the Trans Tasman trophy.
Another netballer, Annie Spear scored 100 goals in one match for Kangaroo Flat’s under-17 team in the Bendigo Football Netball League competition.
Bendigo won the division one men’s final at the Victoria Country volleyball titles.
The Campbell sisters - Grace, Lily and Ruby - have all shone on the football field and represented Victoria Country at under-21 or under-18 level.
Golfing ace Lucas Herbert won the Neangar Park Classic after a play-off in the 36-hole Ivo Whitton event.
North Bendigo’s Bobbie Simpson played her 300th netball match for the club in the Heathcote DNA.