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Sportstar March 2017 nominees

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April 12, 2017

Triathlete Campbell Gray and ski racing driver Jessica Pearse are March 2017's Sportstar nominees.

Echuca Moama Triathlon Club’s Campbell Gray has finished the 2016/17 season with his best results yet after an overall podium finish at the Melbourne Gatorade Triathlon Series.

The 16-year-old finished the series second overall in the elite junior male after coming third in the final race at St Kilda this month.

It was his first season racing in the elite junior category and Gray was competing against much older and experienced athletes with the oldest competitor being 19-years-old.

He had a strong showing throughout the entire event finishing within the top five in all four of his races, including two third placings.

He also took out the 2016/17 Rural Triathlon Series in the 14-17-year-old male category representing EMTC.

Gray won at both the Horsham and Echuca triathlons in the series and picked up second at Yarrawonga to take out the top honours.

He also took out the junior 13-17 age group at the EMTC Championships and was the second fastest finisher overall.

Echuca ski racing driver Jessica Pearse had all her dreams come true at once this month when she qualified to drive at the World Water Ski Racing Championships in July.

She will compete as part of the 99 Psycho Clowns ski race team in the women’s F2 category with observer Daniel McMahon and skier Karen White.

The championships only take place every two years and this year’s will be held in Seattle on Lake Washington.

Her team had only started skiing together this season.

They competed throughout seven qualifying races to earn points for selection into the Australian team, with 12 teams, plus six emergencies, chosen in total across six categories.

Pearse’s team earned enough points by the fifth race to secure a spot, but had to wait until the final qualifier in Mulwala before the teams were officially announced.

The selection wrapped up a stellar season of ski racing for Pearse, whose team 99 Psycho Clowns narrowly finished third in the super class at this year’s Southern 80.

Pearse was the only female driver in the super class and will again be the only female driver when the Australian team heads to the United States.

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