Peter Reimers accepts his Senior Sports Star of the Year Award
Amber Mutch accepts her Junior Sports Star of the Year Award

TOOWOOMBA cricketer Peter Reimers capped off an impressive 12 months on the pitch when he was crowned the 2010 Sports Darling Downs' Senior Sports Star of the Year at Rumours tonight.

A crowd of more than 500 saw Reimers edge out Metropolitan-Easts team mate Troy Gurski for the top award, with Gurski again forced to settle for being the bridesmaid and taking home the runner-up prize for the fourth time.

Reimers represented Queensland Country at the Australian Country Cricket Championships in Albury Wodonga last year, his performances earning him a place in the Australian Country Twenty20 team and the outright Australian Country team.

He was the only Queenslander selected in both teams and the first player in Queensland Country cricket history to earn a cap in both teams.

Those performances were backed up with selection to again represent Queensland Country at the 2010/11 Australian Country Championships.

Hammer thrower Lara Nielsen was crowned Senior Rookie of the Year, while track and field athlete Rina Heyns took home the Senior Chase Your Dreams award.

Talented hockey player Amber Mutch won the Junior Sports Star of the Year award.

Mutch was rewarded for her efforts, which saw her selected in the Queensland under 16 hockey team that competes at the Australian Schools Championships in Bunbury in August.

She was the highest goal scorer for the championships and was voted the Players' Player.

Her outstanding performances also saw her selected in the Australian under 16 schoolgirls' team to tour Europe in March.

Mutch has also been selected in the Queensland under 18 hockey squad.

Mutch beat track and field athlete Joshua Robinson for the top award.

Robinson won the under 15 400m, finished second in the 200m and was second in the 4 x 200m relay at the Australian Youth Athletics Championships held in Sydney in March last year.

At the Queensland 19 Years and Under State Track and Field Championships, he set a new record in winning the 200m, while he also won the 100m and 400m.

Soccer player Jordan Franke won the Junior Rookie award, while Equestrian rider Brooke Higgins claimed the Junior Chase Your Dreams prize.

Prize money distributed at last night's gala dinner took the funds distributed by Sports Darling Downs this year beyond $50,000.

The group has now contributed about $650,000 in its 12 years.