Well, here they are, the nominations for the 2017/18 season VRTA Awards.
The voted awards were judged from the nominations below by the VRTA Committee, as well as by a small panel from the VAL handicappers and stewards, in order to avoid any perceived bias, and to maintain the transparency and integrity of the awards.
Voted Awards Nominations. (In alphabetical order)
Male Performance of the Year
* Jacob Despard - St Albans 120 - 12.41 - 3.75mtrs
* Jacob Despard - Euroa 70 - 7.56 - 1.75
* Jacob Despard - Stawell Gift - 12.11 - 4.25mtres
* Matthew Rizzo - Northcote 70 - 7.82 - 1mtr
* Michael Romanin - Maryborough Gift. 12.36 - 3mtrs
Female Performance of the Year
* Maddie Coates - Rye Gift - 12.19 - 15mtrs
* Holly Dobbyn - Rye Women's Gift - 14.08 - 3.75
* Holly Dobbyn - Parkdale 300 Women's Masters - 34.97 -31mtrs
* Kendra Hubbard - Northcote Women’s 300 - 40.38 - 6mtrs
* Elizabeth Rauch - Castlemaine Women's 400 - 54.84 - 18mtrs
Master’s Performance of the Year
* Brendan Boyle - Stawell 300 - 34.93 - 40mtrs
* Cam Dunbar - Wangaratta 120 Masters - 13.40 - 2.25mtrs.
* Ricky Dunbar - Ballarat Masters 300 - 35.36 - 79mtrs
* Doug Greenough - Bendigo Masters series win.
* Leigh Phelan - Stawell 200 - 20.82 - 16mtrs
* Paul Tancredi - Doncaster 300 Masters - 35.64 - 2mtrs
Junior Performance of the Year
* Hamish Adams - 2nd Stawell Gift - 12.20 - 9.5mtrs
* Aiden Green - Stawell 70 - 7.40 - 7mtrs
* Luke Mitchell - Ballarat Gift - 12.41 - 11mtrs
* Paddy Turner - Bendigo 400 Opal - 47.05 - 27mtrs
* Nilesh Vaheesan - Castlemaine 70 Open - 7.65 - 4mtrs
Athlete of the Year
* Mitchell Cashion
* Maddie Coates
* Jacob Despard
* Stephanie Jinks
* Jacob Nolan
* Matthew Rizzo
Trainer of the Year
* Martine Beer
* Nick Fiedler
* John Hilditch
* Mark Hipworth
* Todd Ireland
* Terry McGarrity
* Scott Rowsell
Emerging Talent (Novice at the start of the season)
* Josh Furman
* Aiden Green
* Alexia Loizou
* Olivia Russo
* Nilesh Vaheesan
Meeting of the Year
Points Awards Top 5's. (In alphabetical order)
Under 18 Athlete of the Year.
Under 20 Athlete of the Year
Masters Athlete of the Year.
Sprinter of the Year.
Female Athlete of the Year.
Middle Distance Athlete of the Year.
Distance Athlete of the Year.
We will also be presenting the Service Award, and the VAL Presidents Award.
We hope you can all join us on the night. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible, for catering numbers!
Good luck to all of your nominees!