Local junior sports stars honoured
PAST senior sports star of the year Robert Goodwin will be guest speaker at tonight’s Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year awards dinner at the Condamine Sports Club.
Goodwin hails from Junabee and first rose to national prominence in the sport of gymnastics.
He won events galore as a junior rider on the show and showjumping circuits and has two open World Cup Qualifier wins to his credit.
The winner of the overall junior sports star of the year will receive a $500 cheque from Warwick Credit Union.
Condamine Sports Club president Guy Sugden will present a $250 cheque to the Doc Bodimeade Encouragement Award winner.
A small number of tickets have become available for the dinner and can be purchased at the Daily News front counter before lunchtime today.
QUEENSLAND netball selection started a successful 2009 for Stephanie O’Brien.
She played for the Queensland 17 years team in Canberra which finished fourth in the nationals.
Stephanie was most valuable player in the Darling Downs schoolgirls teams which finished second at the state championships.
State selection in futsal followed and a state bronze medal in shot put capped a great year.
THE Redbacks AFL star started playing for his club at the age of 16 and also impressed for Warwick State High School in the Darling Downs competition.
He played representative AFL and impressed officials of the Morningside club in Brisbane with his outstanding efforts in 2009 which resulted in an invitation to link with the Brisbane-based club this season.
A versatile player determined to make it to the highest level in the sport.
LUKE played in the Queensland Schoolboys Team Championships for Darling Downs and finished in the top 15 in a field of 130.
He was selected to play in the Darling Downs team against Moreton district at Ipswich Golf Club and won the Warwick junior classic by seven shots.
Luke played in the Greg Norman International Junior Masters at Coolangatta-Tweed Golf Club and was one shot behind winner Justin Carrie in the battle for the Warwick senior club title.
MATTHEW represented Queensland in the Australian Secondary Swimming Championships and was sixth in the finals of the butterfly and freestyle.
He capped his first nationals with a silver medal in the medley relay.
At the State Short Course Championships, he won silver in butterfly and was fourth in the finals of the 50m backstroke and butterfly.
He won age championships for three successive years at Border, Warwick and three-way meets.
Matthew made the finals of the 100m and 200m and was third in discus at the Darling Downs Regional Trials in athletics.
IN June, Crystal travelled to Coffs Harbour with the Queensland contingent for the State of Origin competition in touch.
She played in a Queensland mixed team which won its series 2-1 against New South Wales and impressed the national selectors so much, she made the Australian team.
She toured New Zealand in September and won her first international series 2-1. She won two player of the final awards in Warwick netball.
CARLY’S high point of the year was playing in the Queensland under-12 girls cricket team, which won the state championships in Rockhampton.
Carly had a best of 32 off 17 balls at the championships and best bowling of 4-4 off five overs.
State selection followed and she competed in the nationals last month in Toowoomba.
She won a South East Queensland sub junior title in polocrosse and won the individual best horse and rider award.
Carly was best and fairest for Darling Downs in state football titles.
LILIAN graduated from Warwick State High School in 2009 but still had time last year to compete in the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Italy.
She won two gold medals at the Queensland School Orienteering Championships and a silver in relay. She was Queensland captain.
In the Australian and New Zealand Oceania Championships, she was fourth in long distance, sixth in middle distance and won a silver medal in relay.
TYSON Fett became the first junior to win the President’s Award in the Redbacks AFL club when he was honoured at the 2009 presentation dinner.
Senior club players are also eligible for the award.
Tyson won the coach’s award in his junior team in 2009 and numerous man of the match awards.
TEGAN was selected for the 2009 London Swimming Relay Camp at the AIS in a squad of 14.
The camp comprises the top 14 sprinters in the nation to train towards the 2012 London Olympics.
She won eight gold medals in the Australian School Sport Championships in September. Three of her four gold medals in relays were in record times.
IN 2009, Bianca set a new record by becoming the first girl to win five successive junior barrel racing titles in the National Rodeo Association.
She won at Harrisville early in the year despite riding with a dislocated jaw and also won at Cabarita, Maclean, Sunshine Coast, Alstonville, Blackbutt, Widgee (Gympie), Kenilworth, Laidley, Nambour, Meringandan, Boonah, Kingaroy, Stanthorpe and Bonalbo.
Bianca was second in each round of the finals.
MATTHEW started the year with an age championship win in swimming at the Allora State School.
He was man of the match in his rugby league grand final with Wattles in September before starring in athletics in the final four months of the year.
The Allora thrower won the discus and shot at Darling Downs level and was fourth and eighth at state level before rising to the occasion to win silver in discus at the nationals.