Volunteers were the drive behind a big year for sport

THE real winners in sport in 2015 are the volunteers who gave up their time and money to improve the lot of every Southern Downs residents who dabbles in sport.

Our volunteers give of their time willingly and there was even more improvement in facilities this year.

For the future, the Warwick Gymnastic Club is eyeing off an international- standard arena which gives our area a greater chance to attract a team to train before the April, 2018, Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast

There will be more work at the new Warwick Aero Modellers facility at Morgan Park and hopefully a clubhouse.

The good news is much of the major work on facilities is completed.

Thanks to all

AT THIS time, I express the thanks of all at the Daily News to everyone who contributed to our sports coverage this year.

There are our contributors from Killarney and Allora, John Towells and Glyn Rees, our column contributors Gavin Beckhouse and Michael Bourke, our NRL tipster Peter Nolan from the Broncos, our All Sorts of Sports contributors and some who sent in weekly information for our back two or three pages, including Linda Bunch (netball), Gail McIvor (junior rugby league), Erin Long (basketball), Laura O'Leary (touch), Kerri Fitch (hockey), Peter McMahon (boxing) and my old mate John Skinner with some shooting and rodeo.

Plenty of volunteers send in photos, including Samantha Bennett, who takes some good ones in netball and rugby and many from horse-power sports, including Darin Mandy/Digital Realism, who has been a great help with Morgan Park Raceway for more than a decade. Darin is a great supporter of Matt Campbell's move into professional motorsport.

It is dangerous to name names but the ones mentioned and many others have been a great help to the Daily News and to the sports they support.

Reporter Ben Wilmott helps out with sport at the Daily News when I am on days off or holidays and he too appreciates all the support.

Best of luck

TO ALL the volunteers and participants in sport as well as all sports page readers, all the best for 2016.

It promises a lot on the local scene with positive vibes in many sports, and then there is the hope Matthew Denny from Allora will be part of the Australian team in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Sorry, no Laura Geitz in Rio - netball is not part of the Olympics. One gold we won't win.

Travis a star

WHEN I talk about the sporting success of Allora, one who can slip under the radar a little is Travis Burns, who now plays Super League with St Helens in England after playing more than 100 games in the NRL.

Originally from Texas, he played under-18 footy for Wattles before heading to the big time. He didn't make all the junior rep teams but through determination and hard work has made a professional career out of rugby league.

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