TRARALGON judo competitor Eoin Coughlan is this month's senior Gippstar Award winner.
He recently competed in the Oceania Judo Championships in the young men's under-20 division and achieved first place, coming home with the gold medal for the under 81 kilogram division.
Eoin is the current national champion in this division and this was his first successful representation for Australia at an international event.
He has been selected to compete in next month's Junior World Championships in Morocco.
The junior Gippstar Award winner was Mia Ross from Longford.
Mia was selected as a member of the Athletics Victoria and VIS Talent Squad following her positive results at the Victrorian Country competition.
She came first in the 800 and 1500 metre races at the Victorian Country Championships and first in the 800 metres at the Victorian Championships.
She was a finalist in the 800 and 3000 metre runs.
However her greatest achievement was an impressive second place in cross country at national level.
Mia is a member of the Wellington Athletic Club.
The Gippstar Awards have operated for 50 years and recognise the achievements of Gippsland's sporting champions.
To nominate a sports person, log on to www.sportgippsland.com.au and head to the Gippstar page, or mail details to the Gippsland Sports Academy, PO Box 282, Newborough, 3825.
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