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Stars share the glory at the annual senior sports awards

Guest speaker and retired Australian hockey player Kerry Wharton, Angie Campbell representing son and joint winner Matt, joint winner Matthew Denny and Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz after the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year awards night at the Warwick RSL Memorial Club.
Guest speaker and retired Australian hockey player Kerry Wharton, Angie Campbell representing son and joint winner Matt, joint winner Matthew Denny and Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz after the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Year awards night at the Warwick RSL Memorial Club. Gerard Walsh

SPORTS STARS: Matthew Denny and Matt Campbell are joint winners of the Daily News/Warwick Senior Sports Star of the Year award.

They are the first joint winners of an overall awards since sports awards started in 1994.

Denny became the first Olympian from Allora when he came 19th in discus at Rio while Campbell won the Porsche Junior Shootout between drivers judged the best nine juniors in the world.

Both have reached the top of their chosen sports living on the Southern Downs.

Campbell moved to Germany last month to contest this year's Porsche Mobil 1 Cup to be contested over eight rounds in Europe and Mexico.

Denny started last year winning the Australian Junior Male Athlete of the Year award, winning the track classic in discus and hammer and winning the Australian championship in both events. He threw the fifth best distance by an Australian in discus, 65.37m, to qualify for the Olympics. He was 19th in Rio despite being the youngest in the field by two years.

Campbell drove the fastest lap in practice in history at Bathurst before the 12-hour race early last year and then won the Porsche Carrera Cup contested on eight circuits.

He set cup records galore, most poles, most fastest laps and became the only driver to win both pro-am races. Campbell drove with Todd Kelly in the enduro events, including the Bathurst 1000, and in December was chosen as co-driver with V8 Supercars titleholder Shane Van Gisbergen for this year's enduro series.

Retired Australian hockey player Kerry Wharton was guest speaker at the awards last night when he spoke about her time as a player, coach and selector in front of a crowd of 100.

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