The Gary Sanders Medal is named in honour of the former Gisborne and Woodend player who also represented the GDCA at Bendigo and Melbourne Country Weeks and KenMac Shield matches and was a driving force behind the successes of those carnivals. Gary or "Colonel"as he is known, represented Victoria in the Australian Country Championships and played against international touring teams.

The medal was inaugurated in 205/16 and winners of the award are as follows:


2015/16    Kevin Barker Diggers Rest Bulla Village
                        2016/17                              Jay King                                       Gisborne Dragons

  2017/18    Madushanka Ekanayaka Bacchus Marsh

  2018/19    James Bailey Bacchus Marsh