WINNER: Matthew Denny in action as he scores a World Youth Lead score and his Personal Best and winning him the gold medal in the boys’ discus throw final during Day 4 of the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine and (INSET) at home during a training session.
WINNER: Matthew Denny in action as he scores a World Youth Lead score and his Personal Best and winning him the gold medal in the boys’ discus throw final during Day 4 of the IAAF World Youth Championships in Ukraine and (INSET) at home during a training session. Getty Images Gerard Walsh

More silverware to dynamic Denny

SPORTS AWARDS: Allora throwing star Matthew Denny has won his second Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year award.

The award was presented last night at the Hawker Road Function Centre at a dinner where Paralympian Brooke Dwan was guest speaker.

Denny secured the award after winning gold in discus in the World Youth Championships last year in the Ukraine. He rose to the occasion when it mattered most late in the championships after winning bronze in the hammer throw.

Last year, he became the first athlete to win six gold medals at the junior nationals. He won the discus, hammer and shot put at under-18 and under-20 level.

Denny made it four major awards at four different levels with his win last night.

He won the 2013 Australian Junior Athlete of the Year award, the Queensland Academy of Sport Male Athlete of the Year, the Sports Darling Downs Junior Sports Star of the Year and now the 21st annual junior sports star award right in his own backyard.

After an outstanding 2013, he has again starred early this year with three gold medals in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships.

He surprised even himself to qualify for this year's World Junior Championships when he bettered his own personal best by 1m in shot put. Denny had already qualified for the two events he trains for, discus and hammer.

Before this year's nationals, he said the mental side of the sport was more important on the day than the training.

Bony Mountain sportswoman Carly Cooper knows what pressure is like. She took the crucial catch to dismiss Mark Steketee as Wheatvale won last year's Condamine Cup premiership in Warwick A-grade cricket.

That was a pressure moment but it was success in polocrosse and women's cricket which were the major factors in her Doc Bodimeade Memorial Encouragement Award success.

She captained the Australian junior team for the first time in a polocrosse international in front of her home crowd at the Bony Mountain Recreation Reserve. The Australian team beat Ireland in Tests at Bony Mountain and Warwick and Cooper won the award for best female player in the two-Test tournament.

Early in the year, she captained Queensland to a runner-up finish in the Australian Junior Classic in Albury and won the awards for best No.1 and best female horse and rider.

Her season finished brilliantly when she secured the best female horse and rider award as Cunningham club won a junior state title at Chinchilla.

When Cooper puts her polocrosse racquet down, she picks up a cricket bat and ball and played for the Queensland team in under-18 nationals. She had best figures of 3-18 at the nationals. Cooper puts a lot of her cricket success down to the competition from playing against men in Warwick A-grade.

In the 2012-13 grand final, she was fielding on the drive when Brisbane Heat paceman Mark Steketee hit a skier in her direction.

He is a devastating hitter. Cooper knew if she dropped Steketee, she could have been dropping the Condamine Cup. She took the catch, Wheatvale won and are again in a grand final this Sunday.

At a glance

Sports star:

Matthew Denny

Encouragement award:

Carly Cooper

Volunteer winner:

Darryl Gillam



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