Senior Sports Star of the Year for 2015


Sports Star of the Year

Matthew Denny



Runner Up: Lara Nielsen (Athletics)
(Sponsored by Clive Berghofer Land Sales)

Senior Rookie: Claire Keefer (Athletics)
(Sponsored by Clive Berghofer Land Sales)

Senior Chase Your Dreams: Nicole Maynard (Athletics)
(Sponsored by The City Golf Club - the Braydon Smith Memorial Trophy)

Para Athlete of the Year: Claire Keefer (Athletics)
(Sponsored by K & R Plumbing Supplies - the Nev Reedy Memorial Trophy)

Coach of the Year: Grahame Pitt (Athletics)
(Sponsored by Sports Darling Downs - the Pat O'Shea Memorial Trophy)

Volunteer of the Year: Ed Britnell (Golf)
(Sponsored by John (Cracker) McDonald)

Umpire/Referee of the Year: Aleisha Neumann (Hockey)
(Sponsored by WIN Television)

Team of the Year: Glennie Equestrian Team
(Sponsored by F K Gardner & Sons - the John Fox Memorial Trophy)


Senior Monthly Award Winners for 2015


Matthew Denny
Megan Stevens
Julia Algie
AWD Swimming

Matthew won gold medals in the Discus, Hammer and Shotput at the Queensland Junior Athletics Championships and gold in the Hammer and silver in the Discus and Shotput at the Queensland Open Athletics Championships, breaking the record in the Hammer. At the Australian Junior Athletics Championships he again won gold in the Discus, Hammer & Shotput & at the Australian Open Championships won a gold medal in the Hammer, making him the youngest Hammer Thrower to win a National Championship and a silver in the Discus.
In February at the Queensland Masters Track Cycling Championships, Megan won gold medals in the Sprint, 500m Time Trial and Scratch Race.
Representing the Darling Downs as an AWD swimmer at the Queensland Secondary Schools Swimming Championships after being named Female Captain of the Darling Downs team, Julia went on to compete in 8 events and came home with 4 gold medals, 3 silver and 1 bronze. In doing so she broke 28 records along the way including 7 Secondary Schools Championship meet records, 1 National Open Deaf Record and 7 National Deaf Records

Jack Asis
Lara Nielsen
Aleisha Neumann
Hockey Umpiring

In March Jack won the IBO World Superfeatherweight title with an upset victory over the undefeated Kye Mackenzie. Jack is also the current WBO Oceania Superfeatherweight Champion.
Lara competed around Australia during the athletic season, winning the final of the Women’s Hammer Throw in the track classic series held in Sydney, and then the Open Women’s Hammer Throw at the Australian Athletics Championships held in Brisbane with a personal best of 66.37 metres.
Aleisha was selected in the Australian Women’s Country Team to tour Malaysia however she was also appointed as Umpire for two tournaments therefore she had to make the tough decision to pull out of playing so she could umpire. She has been named in a 17 member umpire development squad by the Federation of International Hockey in preparation for the 2018 World Cup and 2020 Olympics.

Nicole Maynard
John Patzwald
Rob Edwards
Surf Lifesaving

At the International Down Under Athletics Championships held on the Gold Coast, Nicole won a gold medal in the Women’s Open 400m Hurdles, setting a new record; a gold in the Under 20 Women’s 300m Hurdles, breaking the old record by 4.5 seconds; and a gold in the Under 20 Women’s Long Jump, also setting a new record. At these championships she also won silver in the Under 20 Women’s 100m Hurdles and Under 20 Women’s 200 metres.
John won the gold medal in the LV Air Rifle Benchrest 3 person team event at the World Rimfire and Air Rifle Bench Rest Federation Championships held at Belmont Shooting Complex, Brisbane.
Rob returned from the Australian Pool Rescue Championships held on the Gold Coast with 3 gold and 4 silver medals. He won gold in the 40-44 years 50m Manikin Carry, the 40+ years 4 x 25m Manikin Relay, and 4 x 50m Medley Relay. He won silver in the 40-44 years 200m Freestyle with obstacles, 100m Manikin Carry, 100m Manikin Tow and 40+ years 4 x 50m Obstacle Relay.

Jordan Lloyd
Motor Racing
William Young
Claire Keefer
Athletics (Para Athlete)

Jordan won the Australian Formula 4 Championship at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in November. He won all three races at Phillip Island and claimed the Australian Championship even though there was still one round remaining.
Will won the Australian Super Featherweight Boxing Title. He has also become a two times Division 2 Australian Champion.
At the International Paralympic Committee World Championships, Claire won a Bronze medal in the F41 Shotput and placed 4th in the F41 Discus. Both these throws were Australian and Oceania records. At the International Paralympic Committee Grand Prix she won Silver in the Discus and Bronze in the Shotput. Her results this year will now count towards her qualification performances to gain selection for next years Paralympics.