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Horsham based triathletes Susie Ellis, Sally Pymer and Kelly Miller are the first nominees for the Sports Star of the Year awards.


All three won their nominations after qualifying for the World Half Iron Man Championships to be held in Capetown South Africa in September.


Ellis, competing in the 50+ age group finished third, Pymer, competing in the 45-49 age group took gold while Miller, competing in the 35-39 age group came second.


Competition was strong in all age groups with between 24-40 competitors looking to qualify for the World Championships.


All three triathletes are on individual training programs to help them to keep on improving, and they often get together when they can to push each other in training. The fact they don’t have a club to support them drives each triathlete to be the best they can be.


As monthly winners each nominee will receive a $50 gift card from The Athlete’s Foot.


Ellis, Pymer and Miller are the first nominees for this year’s awards. All three are in line to collect the Horsham Sports and Community Club Title of Wimmera Sports Star of the Year as well as the $1,000 Sports Star scholarship, at a gala dinner on February 8 next year and follow in the footsteps of previous winners including Maggie Caris, Jesse Iese, Darcy Tucker, Jannik Blair, Ken Bald, Alethea Sedgman and Mark O’Brien.


Nominations for the Horsham Sports and Community Club Sports Star of the Year Award close the last day of each month and can be made online at the WRSA website www.wrsa.org.au.


If you know of someone who is doing well at their sport and deserves some recognition, why not nominate them in the Sports Star of the Month.  All nominees in the monthly award will be presented with certificates signed by the Minister for Sport and Recreation John Eren and the monthly winner receives a free ticket to the annual presentation and a specially struck medallion from Wimmera Trophies and Gifts.