Meet the monthly Sports Star winners
THE Warwick Polocrosse Club player represented Australia in a series win in the Quadrangular Series against New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom at Barradoo in New South Wales.
The horses for each team were drawn out of a pool but Shepherd returned home with two trophies won by his horse Roy with another rider on board, the champion men’s horse and supreme overall horse of the series.
Shepherd played in the South East Queensland men’s team at the Queensland Zone Championships which his team won.
Late in 2009, he was selected in the Maroons team for the 2010 nationals.
TIED for sixth place in the finals of the 50-metre backstroke in the Telstra Australian Swimming Championships and World Championship trials in Sydney.
He was 12th overall in the Australian Short Course Championships in Hobart in the 100m backstroke. Set a Queensland record for short course 25m and is ranked second in Queensland and eighth in Australia at 50m backstroke.
Swam the second fastest time in 50m backstroke by a Queenslander last year.
Won four gold, five silver and two bronze medals in five different state events.
COMPETED in the Australian Track Cycling Masters National Championships where he won bronze in the match sprint after qualifying sixth. He won the quarter final, lost the semi and then won the bronze medal sprint 2-1.
In the nationals, he was sixth in the 1000-metre individual time trial.
He was 10th in both the 1000-metre individual time trial and the 200m match sprint in the UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships in Sydney. His time in the match sprint was 11.713 seconds.
WON the Queensland Handler of the Year award and owner/handler of the Queensland Improver Dog of the Year.
Qualified at the Killarney Trans-Tasman Trials to represent Queensland in the Australian Championships at Strathalbyn in South Australia.
Second in the interstate challenge with his dog Blackbrook Merri and selected in the Australian team to compete against New Zealand at Port Fairy this year.
Won Queensland Supreme Champion at Karara.
REPRESENTED Australia at under-21 level in curling at the Pacific Championships in Japan.
He won Australian U21 championship and was runner up at open level in the Queensland Curling League, the first U21 competitor to achieve the feat.
Skippered the state championship winning indoor bowls teams in pairs and triples and runner up in state champion of champions.
First player to win all five championships in one year at the Nobby club in indoor bowls.
SEVENTH overall on Fine China in the National Pony Club Eventing Championships at Horsley Park in Sydney.
Won gold in all three dressage tests in the State Pony Club State Championships at Maryborough with one perfect 10 in one movement on new horse Royal Gamble.
In October, she won the Australian National Ladies Steer Riding Championship at the Warwick Rodeo.
Champion lady rider at four shows and state champion in eventing and combined training at pony club level.
WON the Holman Medal for fairest and best in the AFL Darling Downs competition for the 2009 season.
He had an outstanding season for the Warwick Redbacks side which finished third after going down in the preliminary final.
Capped a great year by winning the Steve Gray Medal for fairest and best in the Redbacks club.
He scored 65 votes with the runners up Kurt Millard and Andrew Bardsley on 48.
WON the players’ player awards and man of the match in Warwick Cowboys reserve-grade victories in the President’s Cup final and grand final in the Toowoomba Rugby League competition.
Warwick finished the season undefeated in reserve grade.
In the grand final, he received all votes for players’ player except his own.
At the Cowboys trophy presentations, he won player of the year, player of the finals and the Simon Mitchell Memorial Trophy for players’ player.
BLUE Dog Series bull riding champion for 2009 in the Australian Professional Rodeo Association after outstanding success at five rodeos in Victoria and New South Wales early in 2009.
He was the highest Queensland qualifier for the National Finals Rodeo in the APRA at the Gold Coast.
Queensland National Rodeo Council bull riding champion and runner up in the Sunshine Series in APRA.
Second in the final and second overall at the Warwick Rodeo.
Recorded numerous placings throughout the year in his sport.
FINISHED the year with a first and second in saddle bronc at finals at Ipswich and Caboolture to win the title buckle in the National Rodeo Association.
He also won the finals buckle for saddle bronc, his third finals win in the NRA.
Won the second division saddle bronc ride in Mt Isa.
Finished second in second division at the Warwick Rodeo and was third in the open saddle bronc ride at an international rodeo in Melbourne.
SCORED three goals for the Australian Country under-21 team in the play off for third in the Hockey Federation Pacific Cup in Fiji in December.
He played for Toowoomba in the state championships and for Queensland Country in the nationals in Tamworth.
Top scored in the Warwick Davis Shield final win against Stanthorpe and played in the Falconer Shield win at Kingaroy