Basketball Country Vic honours for Traralgon pair

Jade Melbourne was recognised as junior female athlete of the year at the Basketball Victoria Country awards. file photograph

Jade Melbourne was recognised as junior female athlete of the year at the Basketball Victoria Country awards. file photograph

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Country Victoria's elite players, referees, administrators and programs were celebrated at the annual Basketball Victoria Country Awards with two of Traralgon's own earning gongs.

The Victorian basketball community congratulated the best achievements in country basketball throughout 2018 earlier this month in Bendigo.

Australian junior representative and WNBL Boomers player Jade Melbourne was awarded junior female athlete of the year while stalwart Wayne Royal was named the Jack Terrill Medallist.

For 43 years of incredible service to country Victorian basketball across a number of different areas, Royal was recognised for his devotion to the sport throughout regional Victoria.

From his start at Bairnsdale all the way through to Traralgon, he has lived and breathed basketball and has been committed and focused on improving junior standards.

His coaching resume includes the ACJBC, Southern Cross Challenge, NITP, Jamboree and more.

"Wayne Royal is one of those iconic country coaches and we're thrilled to award him this year's Jack Terrill Medal," Basketball Victoria Country general manager David Huxtable said.

"He has done everything for everyone throughout country Victoria and we're lucky to have him impart his wisdom and experience for countless generations of players and coaches.

"He has been an incredible friend and mentor to all throughout country basketball and we're lucky to have people like Wayne Royal within our sport.

"On behalf of BVC and the Victorian Country Commission, I'd like to congratulate him on this deserved accolade."

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