STAR STATUS: Mark Steketee hits 34 in a Sheffield Shield game after winning sports star awards in his hometown Warwick.
STAR STATUS: Mark Steketee hits 34 in a Sheffield Shield game after winning sports star awards in his hometown Warwick. Luke Bowden

Dinners planned as sports awards in 24th year

SPORTS STAR AWARDS: The 24th annual Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year awards dinner will be held early next year to honour another 11 monthly winners.

Dean Butler was the first junior sports star of the year before going on to play in the first Australian men's hockey team to win Olympic gold. At the time Butler won monthly awards, he was starring in state and national hockey and also Warwick cricket where he scored 1000 runs in one season.

The junior dinner will be held at the Hawker Road Function Centre and incorporate the Condamine Sports Club Volunteer of the Year award.

The senior sports star awards dinner will be held at the Warwick RSL Club and incorporate the Warwick RSL Local Sports Person of the Year award. The RSL winner will be judged on local sports performances and work as a volunteer in 2016 and will be one of the monthly senior (18 and over) sports star winners.

Many athletes have won monthly awards and gone on to play sport at the top level, including cricketer Mark Steketee who won monthly and overall awards. Steketee currently plays for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League and starred in last week's first-up victory.

The inaugural award winners were Butler (junior) and Australian championship winning shooter Greg Newey (senior).

The awards are open to athletes who live in the Warwick, Allora, Killarney, Clifton, Inglewood and Texas areas. While children from the Southern Downs away at boarding school and those from other areas at Warwick boarding schools are eligible, students who move away for work or tertiary level are not eligible.

This article includes lists of winners for the first 10 months of 2016, the final two winners will be determined early next year.

Junior monthly winners receive a $50 Warwick Credit Union account or a $50 deposit if they already have a WCA account. Senior winners receive $100 from the Warwick Credit Union.

The overall sports star of the year winners receive $500 (junior) and $1000 (senior) from the Warwick Credit Union. Family, friends and team mates of each monthly winner and members of the public are welcome at the awards dinners which will be well publicised in the Daily News.

Guest speakers at annual dinners down the years have included Warwick Olympians Lee Bodimeade and Dean Butler, Broncos coach Wayne Bennett and cricketer Allan Border.

Articles will be printed on each monthly winner in the run-up to the annual dinners. Some winners' stories have already been printed. Nominations for monthly awards to gerardw@warwick dailynews.com.au. Winners determined by information in email nominations (include dates of performances) and information in the Daily News.

Senior winners

Matthew Denny (athletics), John Eder (cycling), Brodie Quirk (rugby league), Matt Campbell (motor racing), Gai Erskine (squash), Ryle Waugh (polocrosse), Michael Maher (rodeo), Nigel Gordon (shooting), Tom Hardy (powerlifting).

Junior winners

Cooper Harm (swimming), Zac Caterson (athletics), Simeon Burrill (orienteering), Jaiden Fidge (multi sports), Bridget Noble (pony club), Madi Balloch (orienteering), Jake Wyllie (boxing), Ella Hudson (rowing), Maddy Ross (futsal).



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