Women in Sport: Stars at home and away

SEVERAL central Victorian women made their mark on the world sport scene during the middle months of last year.Local athletes who represented Australia in their chosen field included beach volleyballer Eliza ‘Karley’ Hynes, Opals point guard Kristi Harrower, junior basketballer Tessa Lavey, tenpin bowler Laura Kairn and rower Hannah Every-Hall.Powerlifter Julie Loomes broke world records and Wedderburn rally co-driver Rhianon Smyth and her brother took out the Rally New Caledonia and Pacific Cup titles.Today, Women in Sport continues its look at the highlights of 2010.AprilBaseballer Courtney Foura represented Victoria at the national women’s championships.Paddler Tegan Fraser defended her titles in the K1 and K2 at the national canoe marathon championships, earning selection in the Australian team.The Bendigo Junior Braves under-12 girls team won the Future Stars Championship event, and the under-14 girls took out the Victorian Country Gold Star Classic to qualify for the nationals.Jockey Courtney Pace celebrated her first winning treble at the Kerang Cup.Rising golf star Lauren Miatke won the 2010 Victorian junior girls stableford title.Seven girls from the Loddon Mallee region were selected in the Victorian Country representative soccer team after competing at the national under-13 championships.Lawn bowler Stephanie Priest finished equal third in the Victorian under-18 girls state singles championships.Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s 17 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay team won bronze at the Victorian Secondary Schools Sports Association finals.Nine female members of the Central Victorian Veterans Cycling Club won medals, plaques and sashes at the South Pacific Veteran Cycling Championships and Victorian Veterans Road and Criterium titles.Basketballers Monica Wellington, Maddison Wild, Molly Greetham and Chloe Finnigan (emergency) were chosen in the Victoria Country under-16 team.Footballers Breeanna Gaylor, Aimee Day, Francesca Rinaldi and Michaela Perceval were included in the 2010 AFL Victoria Youth Girls Academy. Perceval was later named in the 16-and-under Victorian schoolgirls football team.Hannah Every-Hall confirmed her place in the Australian rowing squad for the world championships, finishing second in the singles sculls at the selection trials.Donna McCarroll’s horse Goodie Two Shoes won Australian Champion Part-bred Filly (2-3 years) at the Australian Arabian Championships.MayYoung soccer star Jess Pitts was chosen in the Australian under-13 girls team to play at the Asian Football Confederation Festival of Football in Vietnam.Judo star Shayann Stuart won the young women’s and senior women’s divisions at the New Zealand International Judo Competition.Julie Loomes broke state and national records in squat, bench press and dead lift at the Victorian Drug-Free Powerlifting Titles.Jaclyn Wilson finished second in the national BMX series and national championship elite race, then came third in the elite women’s cruiser event. Belinda Bailey proved to be the fastest five-year-old girl at the national titles, capping a super season of racing.Teen basketballer Tessa Lavey was chosen in the Australian under-17 team for the world age titles in France.Laura Kairn made the Australian youth tenpin bowling team for the world titles in Finland.The Bendigo Football Netball League under-17 rep netball team won its third tournament in a row when it took out the Golden City event. The BFNL open squad, and Golden City’s 15-and-under and 13-and-under teams also won their divisions.JuneKenpo karate student Rachael Popple was part of Victoria’s winning team in an interstate challenge against Tasmania. She also qualified for the world titles.Kristi Harrower was in action for the Australian Opals basketball team, which defeated Japan in front of a home crowd in Bendigo.Deanna Smith, from Castlemaine, had been named in the squad but did not play due to illness. Ice skater Kassidy-Rae Browell — a member of the national junior development squad — finished third in the short program and fifth overall in novice ladies at the Hollins Trophy event in Sydney.Eliza Long represented Victoria in the Pizzey Cup national schools tennis tournament, winning all her games and helping her state finish second overall.Veteran rower Hannah Every-Hall travelled to Europe to compete in two World Cup regattas and a 15-day AIS training camp.Alex Conway took part in an international rowing training camp in China, after winning gold in the championship double scull at the Victorian Schools Regatta and finishing second at the state titles in D-grade singles sculls.The Bendigo Women’s Football Club held its first training session.Shayann Stuart won the under 52kg division at the Australian judo championships to become the top-ranked junior female in Oceania and qualify for the world titles.The BFNL under-17 representative team was crowned Victoria’s best after winning its division at the 2010 William Loud Association Championships in Melbourne.Former Sandhurst defender Rebecca Bulley took out the Holden Cruze Netball Player of the Year award at the end of the 2010 ANZ Championships.Julie Loomes won the best female lifter award at the national drug-free powerlifting titles after breaking world, national and state records in the 50-55 years 44kg class.Rebecca Holmes, Alex Whitelock, Georgia Hinds and Billie Rodda represented Victoria at the School Sport Australia swimming and diving carnival. Holmes, Hinds and Rodda won medals.Weightlifter Raelene Eckardt won the women’s 69kg+ category at the state age championships to earn selection in the Victorian team for the national under-15 titles.JulyBadminton ace Melisa Pearce represented Victoria at the national under-19 championships and was named Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport Athlete of the Year.Catholic College Bendigo’s year 10 and 11 netball team was undefeated at the 2010 Marist Netball Carnival and five players — Carly Geary, Stephanie Strachan, Kelsey Sartori, Abby Gilmore and Chloe Watson — earned All-Australian selection.Bonnie Pridham made it a trick of state caps after being selected in the state under-14 water polo team for the third consecutive year.Six girls from the Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport volleyball squad represented Victoria in various age groups at the national junior titles in Perth.Haylee Wellard and Bronte Boyles were named in the national tumbling/trampoline team for the Indo Pacific championships in Japan. Boyles won silver in the 10-12 years tumbling event and Wellard claimed gold in the 17-plus tumbling.Hannah Every-Hall took out the lightweight double sculls at the World Rowing Cup in Switzerland.The Australian Diamonds named locals Sharelle McMahon and Rebecca Bulley in the Commonwealth Games squad.Bridgewater teen Megan Webb was chosen as a ball girl for the 2011 Australian Open.Cyclists Toni Abbisogni and Imogen Jelbart were both gold medallists at the Victorian road titles, in the road race and time trial respectively.Orienteer Laurina Neumann competed at the World University Orienteering Championships in Sweden, after earlier representing Australia during an Oceania challenge against the Kiwis.AugustBeach volleyballer Karley Hynes won a bronze medal at the world youth championships in Portugal, not long after scoring a tournament victory in the Netherlands.White Hills Primary School’s Liquefiers aerobics team finished second at the national Schoolaerobics titles in Queensland.The Bendigo Lady Braves earned a place in the 2010 SEABL play-offs, but lost their elimination final.Despite struggling for numbers at times, the Bendigo Fernwood Vipers enjoyed a good Football Federation Victoria women’s premier league season, finishing seventh.Bendigo Senior Secondary College’s girls’ volleyball team won bronze at the state schools cup Huntly footballers Brittany Tancred and Michaela Perceval were selected in the AFL Victoria under-18 Youth Girls team to play at the national carnival, while teammate Breeanna Gaylor made the state development squad.Kayaker Eliza Singleton starred at the North American Junior Olympic Festival, winning two gold and two silver medals in whitewater events during a Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport development tour of the US.Rebecca Holmes won gold, silver and bronze at the Victorian country short-course swimming titles.BSSC’s girls’ badminton team won the Victorian Secondary Schools section B championships. Co-driver Rhianon Smyth teamed with brother Brendan Reeves to win their first international rally in New Caledonia and claim the Pacific Cup Championship.Next week: September to December

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