Sailor beats the best of the best

GOLD Coast based Olympic sailor Mat Belcher won The Courier-Mail Channel 7 Queensland Sport Star of the Year Award announced at last night's 20th annual Queensland Sport Awards/Hall of Fame Presentation in Brisbane.

Allora netballer Laura Geitz and Queensland State of Origin five-eighth Johnathan Thurston were two of the finalists.

Belcher was named the annual winner in front of a 700-strong black tie audience. He is World Sailing's reigning Men's 470 Class champion.

Allora netballer Laura Geitz and Queensland State of Origin five-eighth Johnathan Thurston were two of the finalists.

Moore Park surf life saver Matthew Davis won the Queensland Junior Sport Star Award while the winner of the Queensland Athlete with a Disability Award went to world champion paracanoeist Curtis McGrath.

Former Brisbane Roar A-League Coach Mike Mulvey was the Coach of the Year and the Roar won Queensland Sport Team of the Year Award.

New Queensland Sport Hall of Fame inductees beach volleyballer Natalie Cook OAM, swimmer Leisel Jones OAM, cricketer Matthew Hayden AM and rugby league's Darren Lockyer were present, as was retired swimmer Dr David Theile AO, who was elevated to legend status.

Campdrafter Pete Comiskey, of Nebo, was interviewed by Shane Webcke reflecting his phenomical campdrafting success during the 20 years.



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