Goodwin reins in top award
SHOWJUMPING star David Goodwin has won the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year award.
Goodwin won the $1000 first prize from the Warwick Credit Union at the annual awards night at Kings at the Warwick RSL Memorial Club last night.
He shone with horse Warrego Jericho at state and national level last year and is currently competing in Europe in quest of a spot in the Australian team for this year's World Equestrian Games in Normanby, France.
Last year, his goal was to achieve a Certificate of Capability to compete for a spot in the team for Normanby.
He easily achieved that ambition during the year and capped an outstanding year with a win in a World Cup event at a height of 1.5m at the Sydney Olympic venue at Horsley Park.
Goodwin was second in a second class at Horsley Park on a course built by Olympic course builder Leonardo Palacious from Chile.
He competed in the Australian championships in September where he finished fourth and gained his COC.
In the same month, he was fourth overall in the Showcase of Jumping in Sydney, an event which had the largest prize money in the nation at the time.
Anyone with a World Equestrian Games dream must spend a lot of time on the road and Goodwin competed in four World Cup events in Victoria last year.
He and Jericho were the only combination to finish in the top six in six World Cup events for the year.
The combination has the world in front of them as nine is considered young for a showjumper competing on the world stage.
Goodwin and Jericho are one of the only combinations in the world where the horse was bred, broken, trained and ridden to international level by only one rider.
At state level, he was the New South Wales title winner after recording two wins and a third in the three rounds.
Early this year, he had to travel to Europe for competition and is one of eight attending selection trials in Belgium in July before the naming of the team for Normanby.
He is also on the long list for the 2016 Olympics.
THE Warwick RSL Memorial Club "Club Person of the Year" award was won by netball umpire Renae O'Dea.
The young umpire was twice talent identified at state 21 years and under trials last year and is now in the draw to be called up for six different competitions, including the Mission Queensland State Netball League.
Off the court, she spends most Monday and Tuesday nights in winter umpiring Warwick club games and is a regular at Darling Downs Inter-district competitions.
She has umpired many local finals at senior and junior level as well as school games when work commitments allow.
In a sport where teams are often required to travel with an umpire, she is ever willing to help and often receives a phone call to officiate at a game in the region.
After first heading along an umpiring journey when a back injury stopped her playing the game she loved, O'Dea is aiming to secure a B badge and is always ready to participate in any opportunities that come her way.
O'Dea enjoys the chance to go to some junior games on a Saturday at Barnes Park. She is playing for Doorslammers in A-grade netball and for Warwick at inter-district level.
See photos from the awards night of winners and their families/support crews in the Daily News this week.