2019 Monthly Winners
January - Jason Lea / Chris Hamilton
Jason marked his first start in the Tour Down Under in South Australia by winning the King of the Mountain crown. Lea led the category from day one of the prestigious classic.
Later in the month, he placed 23rd in his Jayco Herald Sun Tour debut.
Chris capped off a brilliant Tour Down Under in South Australia by earning the Young Rider Jersey. Racing for Team Sunweb, Hamilton, 23, completed the six-day classic in sixth place overall, and just 26 seconds behind Tour champion, Daryl Impey of South Africa.
A busy road campaign for Hamilton, who is based in Spain, began in Italy and will include the Tour of Basque Country.
February - Peta Mullens
Peta added another classic to an impressive record on road or mountain bike racing as she won the Melbourne to Warrnambool women’s event.
Peta was the first woman across the line as she completed the 262km duel in 6 hours and 26 minutes.
March - Alessia McCaig
Alessia won gold in sprint, team sprint, keirin and scratch, and bronze for time trial at the Australian junior track cycling titles in Brisbane. Alessia broke Australian records in the flying 200m, and team sprint.
Alessia earned the Champion of Champions jersey for most outstanding in under-17 girls class for a second successive year. She also won gold in sprint and keirin, and silver in time trial at the Victorian junior champs held earlier in March.
April - Jenna Strauch / Emma Berg
Jenna won the 200m breaststroke final at the Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide. A personal best time of 2:24.88 clinched gold and was almost 2 seconds faster than her personal best.
Jenna is on track to represent Australia at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Emma achieved a personal best of 14.24 metres as she won gold in the women’s open shot put at the Athletics Australia national track and field championships in Sydney.
Emma competes with the South Bendigo Athletics Club, and will represent Australia at the Oceania Area athletics titles in Townsville in June. She is number one in national rankings for under-20 women’s shot put, and number two at open level.
May - Jaclyn Wilson
Jaclyn captured three national titles at the Australian BMX Championships raced in Shepparton. The 42-year old won gold in the master’s women’s open wheel, women’s 40-44 cruiser and 20-inch events.
Jaclyn has now won 21 national titles. She was the Bendigo Sports Star of the Year in 2011-12, and is a four-time world champion.
June - Jack Haig
Jack capped a brilliant comeback from a knee injury to be runner-up in the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine in France. Racing for Mitchelton-Scott, Jack was 27th overall.
Jack will make his Tour de France debut when he races for Mitchelton-Scott in the world’s biggest road cycling classic in July.
July - Tayla Vlaeminck
Tayla became the first female from Bendigo to represent Australia when she played in the one-off Test during the Ashes series in England.
Tayla claimed 0-37 off 11 overs in England’s only innings of the Test match in Taunton. The pace bowler took 1-9 off two overs in the third and final match of the T20 series. Although beaten by 17 runs, Australia retained the Ashes, 12-4, based on points earned in the three one-day clashes, Test, and Twenty20 games.
August - Kelly Wilson
Kelly marked a superb basketball season with the Bendigo Braves by earning the NBL1 Most Valuable Player Award. Kelly scored 19.2 points, 10.5 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in the Braves’ run to the play-offs.
Coaches and referees recorded 3-2-1 votes after each regular season game, with the MVP winner being the player with the highest total votes. Kelly was also given the Golden Hands Award and was named on the NBL1 Women’s All-Star Five team.
2018 Monthly Winners
January - Emily Davis-Tope
Emily captained a touring Australian under-18 Ice Hockey team in Poland. She tallied several assists in the matches for Australia which was soundly beaten by strong opposition.
Emily has recently moved to Canada to the Pursuit of Excellence Ice Hockey Academy based in British Columbia.
February - Sam Crome
Sam continued a terrific start to the year. Following on from a seventh-placed finish at the National Road Titles, he won the final stage of the Herald Sun Tour.
He out sprinted Cameron Meyer and Ruben Guerrero to take the victory, finishing seventh overall on general classification.
April - Aaron Wilson
Aaron won Gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the men's singles lawn bowls.
He comfortably defeated Ryan Bester in the final, becoming just the third Australian to win the sport's top event at the Commonwealth Games.
June - Lucas Herbert
Lucas produced a scintillating win at the US Open qualifier in Portland to make his way through to his first major tournament.
Herbert won the event at Oregan Golf Club by four shots.
July - Bendigo Lady Braves
The Lady Braves completed an unbeaten regular season in the South East Australian Basketball League, becoming just the second team in the league's history to do so.
The team topped off a stellar season, defeating Launceston in the SEABL grand final.
August - Andrea Walsh / Andy Buchanan
Andrea won the Northern Football League’s women’s goal-kicking award for the second year in a row. The Bendigo Thunder forward booted 53 goals in the Club’s premiership winning season.
Andy became the first athlete in 20 years to achieve back-to-back 10km cross-country title victories. Buchanan outran his rivals on the hilly Maleny Golf Club course on the Gold Coast.
September - Geoff Shaw / Tom Cole
Geoff was a gold medallist in the Decathlon for the 70-plus division at the World Masters Track & Field Championships in Malega, Spain. The Bendigo Harriers veteran, won six of 10 events run across the two days.
Geoff’s score of 7165 points, surpassed the Victorian record of 6233 points he achieved when he won the 65-69 years title at last summer’s Australian Masters Decathlon championships.
Tom capped a brilliant season with the West Coast Eagles, when they defeated Collingwood in the AFL final by 5 points. Tom overcame the death of his father earlier in the year to play a key role in the Eagles charge to Premiership glory.
The 21 year old was drafted by the Eagles via the Bendigo Pioneers in 2015.
October - Jenna Strauch
Jenna qualified for the FINA Short Course World Championships after she won the 200m breaststroke at the Australian titles.
The 21 year old won in 2:21.09 and will now prepare to represent Australia in Hangzhou, China from December 11. A major goal for Jenna is to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
November - Tayla Vlaeminck / Tim Decker
Tayla was a part of the Australian women’s squad which cruised to it’s fourth T20 World Cup victory in Antigua. The Aussies thrashed England in the final by eight wickets.
Tim, a former Bendigo based cyclist, was crowned the Cycling Australia Coach of the Year. Decker coached the Australian men’s team pursuit squad to a world record win at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.