Alison Mosely won two paralympic silver medals and captained her country.
Alison Mosely won two paralympic silver medals and captained her country. Che Chapman

30 to 1: We countdown our hottest sporting stars

SPORT: Coming up with a top-30 in recent years in sport from the Warwick, Allora and Killarney areas is a tough assignment.

Many athletes have started their careers in the area before moving to larger centres or the Australian Institute of Sport.

Alison Mosely heads the 21-30 list after starring in wheelchair basketball. The more she played for Australia, the more she became a key player for the Gliders.

Few athletes make the state championships in three throwing events but Mosely achieved that feat while at Scots PGC College.

She was a great ambassador for the sport who assisted budding Paralympic athletes in both Queensland and Tasmania.

One athlete in the top 30 is shooter Greg Newey who at one time would have made the Olympic team if Australia had three spots.

Making an Australian team was only one factor in determining a top-30. There are many who have achieved at local level and two multiple player of the year winners are in the 21-30 group.

Warwick Wolves player Rob Davey hasn't played for Queensland but he won player of the year awards in three different football associations and six in total, an extraordinary performance.

Some went to extraordinary lengths to achieve. Anyone who trains in the heat of Christmas Day like Brett O'Farrell deserves to make it to the top of their chosen sport.

Like many of the top-30, he has achieved both on and off the field and been on coaching panels and support staff in three professional footy codes.

The NRL and Super League are the toughest rugby league competitions in the world and Allora player Travis Burns clocked up more than 200 games.

If a top-30 was done again in a decade, the odds are Warwick motor racing driver Matt Campbell would be in the top five.

He has been in an winning team in class in endurance racing at Le Mans, the top motorsport facility in the world.

In late 2017, Warwick golf professional Sam Eaves was one of the last two standing as coaching professionals battled it out to qualify for the Australian PGA Championships and better still, made the cut to play on after the first two days at Royal Pines.

No. 30: Sam Eaves

THE Warwick Golf Club professional was one of two professionals from across Australia who qualified at the Australian PGA Professional Championships at Hamilton Island.

Finishing in the top two at Hamilton Island earned him a spot in the Australian PGA Championships at Royal Pines at the Gold Coast at the end of 2017.

Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz with December winner Sam Eaves at the Warwick Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year awards early this year.
Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz with December winner Sam Eaves at the Warwick Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year awards early this year. Sean Teuma

After two rounds, he made the cut with a score of 143, one under par on a course he was playing for the second time against professionals who play full time on the European tour.

This year, he played in the Queensland PGA Championship and made the cut with four under par, 136.

He ended up 55th but his time on the course has been restricted by his coaching role on the Southern Downs.

Before coming to Warwick, Eaves played for four years in the ISPS Handa Australasian Tour.

During his time on the tour, he was 20th in the New Zealand Open in 2015.

No 29 Rob Davey

FEW if any footballers in any code could claim to have won six player of the year awards.

Warwick Wolves football player Rob Davey won the Player of the Year award in the premier division in Toowoomba this season despite his team missing out on the finals.

Warwick Wolves premier division player Rob Davey with 2018 coach Mick Willmot.
Warwick Wolves premier division player Rob Davey with 2018 coach Mick Willmot. Gerard Walsh

The award was his third award of its type for his grade in Toowoomba football.

Davey won two Stanthorpe Player of the Year awards during the three seasons the Wolves played in Stanthorpe and one in the top division in Mt Isa.

He spent one season with the Concordia club in Mt Isa while he was in the north-west with his job at Osborn Consulting Engineers.

Always understating his own ability in the round ball game, Davey said after this year's award that he wasn't expecting it.

At age 33, he has no thought of retiring. A centre midfielder, Rob has a great combination with his brother Cameron at centre fullback. He played Toowoomba Raiders 16/17 years footy.

No.28 Matt Campbell

WHILE still virtually at the start of a promising motor racing career, Warwick driver Matt Campbell has many achievements so far.

He won the Porsche Carrera Cup in Australia becoming the first individual winner for the McElrea Racing team.

Warwick driver Matt Campbell after a win in Mexico.
Warwick driver Matt Campbell after a win in Mexico. Linda Mandy/Digital Realism

He had a second in the Bathurst 12 Hour in his first time in the event and could have won the Bathurst 1000 last year in combination with Shane van Gisbergen with a bit more luck.

They finished third in the Gold Coast 600, the final endurance race for the 2017 year.

This year, he competed in endurance races for Porsche in Europe and was in a team that had a class win at Le Mans in the biggest race in the world in front of a crowd of 250,000.

Most experts who saw Campbell race as a junior at Morgan Park Raceway tipped him to be a star.

Commitments in Europe stopped him competing in the V8s this year.

No. 27 Jo Barrett

AFTER not getting the chance to play rugby league as a young girl, Barrett played in a game between Warwick and Killarney women's team at Father Ranger Oval and soon after was playing in Brisbane.

She played for Queensland and Australia and was part of the team with Stephanie Hancock and Heather Ballinger from the Southern Downs which won the World Cup in women's rugby league for the first time in the UK in 2013.

WINNERS: Jo Barrett (holding headgear) and Australian Jillaroos teammates celebrate a World Cup victory in England.
WINNERS: Jo Barrett (holding headgear) and Australian Jillaroos teammates celebrate a World Cup victory in England. VAUGHN RIDLEY/SWPIX.COM

Barrett can claim something few men can - an unbeaten record in interstate rugby league over a seven-year Maroons career.

She first rose to prominence in athletics and was a national medallist in U20s shot put. Barrett competed in Warwick and District at the same time as Hancock and Ballinger.

Except for rugby league, she may have made a career out of athletics. Now she is part of the television coverage of WNRL and was named this week as the Queensland women's manager.

No. 26 Brendan Iles

WARWICK Redbacks player Brendan Iles has been a sensation at club level, winning three Holman Medals in the Darling Downs Australian Football League competition.

The Holman Medal for fairest and best is the Darling Downs equivalent of the Brownlow Medal.

Iles played in the Warwick team which won the club's first division one premiership for the Redbacks.

Brendan Iles goes for a kick for the Warwick Redbacks in the 2014 grand final.
Brendan Iles goes for a kick for the Warwick Redbacks in the 2014 grand final. Gerard Walsh

Iles was selected in one Queensland Country side which played in the Australian Country Championships in Wagga Wagga.

He has been a regular in Darling Downs teams and played a season for Morningside in the State League competition.

Next season, he will again play for Warwick in the forwards where he is in the same team as his brother Shane who will most likely be in the midfield.

Iles has also represented Warwick in cricket and won two best all-rounder awards in the Australia Day carnival playing for Badzy's Bandits.

No.25 Travis Burns

ORIGINALLY from Texas, Travis Burns played representative underage footy before taking up a contract with Manly Sea Eagles in Sydney.

He played 38 NRL games for Manly, then 34 at the North Queensland Cowboys where he partnered Johnathan Thurston in some games in the halves.

Travis Burns opens the scoring for Wattles against Highfields in a TRL finals game at Glenholme Park.
Travis Burns opens the scoring for Wattles against Highfields in a TRL finals game at Glenholme Park. Kevin Farmer

Burns went to Sydney and played 55 games for Penrith before heading to England to play 88 Super League games.

After he retired from top-level football with 215 games to his credit, Burns played a season for Wynnum Manly in the Queensland Cup.

This season, he returned to his former senior club Wattles and was player-coach of a team which made it to the grand final.

Wattles were unbeaten during the fixture season and only lost two games all season, both to the premiership-winning Valleys team.

He is again Wattles coach for the 2019 TRL season.

No.24 Simon Beattie

WARWICK cricketers for generations have spoken about the ability of Simon Beattie.

A long-time Warwick representative player, Beattie played for a short time with Sandgate Redcliffe club in Brisbane.

Past Sheffield Shield cricketer Simon Beattie (left) with Mal Eames and Tony Small at a Cowboys reunion evening.
Past Sheffield Shield cricketer Simon Beattie (left) with Mal Eames and Tony Small at a Cowboys reunion evening. Deanna Millard

He debuted for Queensland in the 1982-83 Sheffield Shield competition and suffered a broken toe when hit on the foot while batting by West Indies great Joel Garner.

Beattie was a genuine all-rounder who was just as good with the bat as ball.

He played for Queensland Country and it was once reported in the English press that he was the best bowler in a game at Lawes bowling from the piggery end.

Beattie played rugby league in the first two Warwick Cowboys premiership wins in 1987 and 1988 playing in the centres.

He was once approached to play rugby league in England but he stayed in Australia. He and brothers Rob and Mal are three of the best to play sport in Warwick. All were excellent in track and field.

No.23 Brett O'Farrell

GROWING up in the Warwick area, Brett O'Farrell played his junior rugby league for Collegians in Warwick and made a Queensland underage side while a student at Warwick State High School.

O'Farrell played in a TRL under-18 grand final for the Warwick Cowboys.

Warwick Cowboys under-18 coach David O'Leary with Wall of Legends inductees Jo Barrett and Brett O'Farrell.
Warwick Cowboys under-18 coach David O'Leary with Wall of Legends inductees Jo Barrett and Brett O'Farrell. Gerard Walsh

He was then signed by the Melbourne Storm in the same pack as internationals Rodney Howe and Robbie Kearns.

O'Farrell first played in the NRL from 1999 to 2001 with the Storm.

After he retired from rugby league, O'Farrell was a contact and tackle coach for Gold Coast, Warriors and Eels teams in the NRL before becoming part of the support staff of the Wallabies in rugby union and the Brisbane Lions.

O'Farrell is one player who showed tremendous determination to make it in the NRL. One Christmas Day, he was spotted pulling a truck tyre around Father Ranger Oval to strengthen his shoulders before his move south.

22. Greg Newey

WARWICK Clay Target Club life member Greg Newey won a gold medal in the World Cup at Lonato in Italy in the early 1990s.

He was in a team that also included Olympic gold medallists Michael Diamond and Russell Mark.

WINNERS: Warwick Clay Target Club annual shoot winners (standing, from left) Jim Hesbrook, Arthur Riley, Keith Simpson, Cameron Schoenfisch, Terry Rogers, Greg Smith, Terry Morony, (middle row) Kylie Green, Helen Finch, (kneeling) Bruce Pethers, Greg Newey, Paul Pearce, Michael Loy, Maurice Westbury and (front) Matthew Loy. Photo: Supplied by club
WINNERS: Warwick Clay Target Club annual shoot winners (standing, from left) Jim Hesbrook, Arthur Riley, Keith Simpson, Cameron Schoenfisch, Terry Rogers, Greg Smith, Terry Morony, (middle row) Kylie Green, Helen Finch, (kneeling) Bruce Pethers, Greg Newey, Paul Pearce, Michael Loy, Maurice Westbury and (front) Matthew Loy. Photo: Supplied by club Contributed

The same team competed in the world championships in Perth.

Newey represented Australia on five occasions internationally.

He was the first winner of the senior sports star awards which was then sponsored by the Daily News and real estate agent Richard Thew. Warwick Credit Union is now a major sponsor along with the Daily News.

Newey won the champion of champions in the Australian championships in Brisbane with a score of 225/225, the highest score at that time.

The win was in a composite event covering the three major trap events, double barrel, single barrel and pointscore shot at 80m off a handicap of 18m.

He has also been a class winner in the Leyburn Sprints driving his MGV which he has also entered in hill climbs.

No. 21 Alison Mosely

A SUCCESSFUL athlete in her time at Scots PGC College, Mosely started at university before being involved in a car accident.

After a long stint in the Princess Alexandra Hospital, she was introduced to the sport of wheelchair basketball.

Alison Mosely, basketball paralympian, was inducted into the Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame during an outstanding career in Paralympic sport.
Alison Mosely, basketball paralympian, was inducted into the Queensland Sporting Hall of Fame during an outstanding career in Paralympic sport. Che Chapman

She first represented Australia at the 1996 Paralympics before winning silver medals at the Sydney and Athens Paralympics.

Mosely is originally from Swanfels and also won two world championship bronze medals.

She was co-captain with Leisel Tesch at the world championships in 2006 in Europe.

The star basketballer spent five years in Tasmania before returning to Queensland in 2016, where she is a teacher for the deaf in north Brisbane.

While Mosely can walk, she qualifies for the Paralympics as she can't run or jump.

While at school, she represented Darling Downs in three jumps at the Queensland athletics championships.



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