Hard to separate Gippstar nominees

THE Gippstar Awards panel was unable to separate the senior winners for October as both had competed on the international stage and were very worthy recipients.

Newry’s Craig Huffer shared the award following his fourth place in the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York.

Huffer recorded a time of 3:53.5 minutes as he was hot on the heels of eventual winner and 2011 1500 metre world championship medallist Matthew Centrowitz. Other place getters included multiple Olympic and world championship medallist Bernard Lagat and 2012 Olympic silver medallist Leo Manzano.

Peter Bennett was the other winner following his 40th placing in the world field archery championships in France in September. The humble archer continues to improve as he aims to better his placing in the future.

Traralgon Judo Club competitor Aoife Coughlan was named the junior winner.

Aoife will now compete against her sister Maeve, the junior winner for August, for the overall annual prize in the junior category. However Aoife’s immediate focus is set on competing at the world championships and completing two VCE final exams for subjects she is studying as a year 11 student.

The accomplished young athlete was selected to represent Australia and is currently ranked number one in both the Australian junior and senior women under 63 kilogram category.

Organisers of the Gippstar Awards are now calling for nominations for November as well as club of the year, team of the year, special achiever and Gippsland champion nominations.

Nomination information for the Gippstar Awards is available the Gippsland Sports Academy website, www.sportgippsland.org.au