Gippstar has announced its Gippstar Open and Junior winners from September 2021 to June 2022.

These athletes will come together at an awards night later in September.

Wellington Shire junior winners are:

Xanthe Wade of Stratford (November).

Xanthe was awarded Reserve Champion Australian Showjumping Sub-Junior after competing at the Pony Club Australia National Championships in the Sub Junior (10-12 years) showjumping competition representing Victoria, winning the first class, placing third in the second class and 11th in third showjumping class. She finished just five points behind the champion to claim the Reserve Title.

Teddy Ripper of Sale (March).

Teddy had a very successful result at the Australian Age Swimming Championships, achieving Silver in the 14 years 200-metre breaststroke.

In the Victorian Age Swimming Championships, achieving Gold in the 14 years 200m breaststroke.

Teddy was also able to achieve Bronze medals in both the 14 years 100m breaststroke and the 50m breaststroke as well.

The Open Gippstar winners from Wellington are:

Shannen Lange of Sale (October).

Lange claimed the 2021 Trood Award and Rodda Medal for the Gippsland League’s best-and-fairest, ending up polling 14 votes from his 10 games over the season, with four of those being best-on-ground performances.

Lange returned home to play for Sale this season after having a successful playing stint with Port Melbourne in the Victorian Football League.

Cohen Wade of Stratford (November).

Wade competed in the Thoroughbred Industry Careers Pony Club Australia National Tetrathlon Championships. Competing against athletes from across Australia he was awarded the silver medal.

He was a Gold medallist at the State Tetrathlon Championships held in December, winning the Victorian Senior Male State Title for the second year in a row.

This was his fifth straight State Championship title. He was also awarded the Jan Dear Memorial Award for consistent performance and service to the sport of Tetrathlon.

Jessica Jackson of Longford (April).

Jackson competed in the Open Beach Flags event at the National Championships Surf Life Saving held at Broadbeach.

She came equal-ninth, missing the final of eight by one spot. Jackson was selected to represent Victoria as a beach athlete in the Surf League Teams Event. This is her first year as an open competitor.

Jack Green of Maffra (May).

Green has qualified to represent Australia in two International Tournaments, the first being in Albi, France, from October 8 to 15, then he will participate in the World 8-Ball Pool Championships in Killarney, Ireland, from October 19 to 27.

Green’s chance to represent Australia has been a long time coming since he qualified for the team back in 2019.

The new Gippstar year for 2022/2023 has started, and nominations for July/August awards will close Saturday, September 3.

Please note that you can nominate for the following categories as well:

Team of the Year;

Club of the Year;

Special Achiever Award and;

Gippsland Sporting Champion.

These Annual awards can be nominated at any time during the current Gippstar year.

If you would like to recognise the sporting achievements of a Gippsland athlete or any of the above categories, nominations can be made online at the Gippsland Sports Academy website www.sportgippsland.org.au.