Sports Darling Downs

Senior Sports Star of the Year for 2017

         

Senior
Sports Star of the Year
2017



Lara Nielsen

Athletics

 

Runner Up: Lyle Teske (Indoor Cricket)
(Sponsored by Clive Berghofer Land Sales)

Senior Rookie: Patrick Rudd (Gymnastics)
(Sponsored by Clive Berghofer Land Sales)

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

Para Athlete of the Year: Hayden Siebuhr (Wheelchair Basketball)
(Sponsored by K & R Plumbing Supplies - the Nev Reedy Memorial Trophy)

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

Volunteer of the Year: Ann-Louise McKellar (Rugby League)
(Sponsored by John (Cracker) McDonald)

Umpire/Referee of the Year: Luke McKenzie (Touch)
(Sponsored by WIN Television)

Team of the Year: Western Mustangs U/18 Rugby League Team
(Sponsored by F K Gardner & Sons - the John Fox Memorial Trophy)

   
         

Senior Monthly Award Winners for 2017

         
   

January
Shenae Ciesiolka
Rugby 7s
 
February
Conor McLoughlin
Athletics
 
March
Nicole Maynard
Athletics

Shenae was a member of the Australian Women’s Sevens team which was victorious in the final, winning 35–0, at the Hottest Sevens Tournament in Darwin. She was selected as a member of the Australian Open Rugby Sevens Womens Team which travelled to Okinawa, Japan to compete in the International Womens Rugby Sevens Tournament. At this event the Australian team were defeated in the final by the USA 19-12.
 
At the Australian Athletics Championships held in Sydney, Conor won the gold medal in the Under 20 Mens Discus and made it to the final (coming 5th) in the Under 20 Mens Shotput. A fantastic effort as Conor at just 18 was competing in the older age group. At the Queensland Athletics Championships Conor won gold medals in the Under 20 Mens Discus and Shotput.
 
At the Australian Athletics Championships, Nicole made the final of the Open Womens Long Jump, but had to withdraw due to injury. She also made the semi-finals of the Open Womens 400m Hurdles. At the Queensland Athletics Championships, Nicole won gold in the Open Womens 400m Hurdles, being the youngest competitor to win this open competition for at least 10 years. She also won the gold medal in the Open Womens Long Jump.
         
   

April
Lara Nielsen
Athletics
 
May
Matthew Denny
Athletics
 
June
Brielle Erbacher
Athletics

Lara won the gold medal in the Open Women’s Hammer Throw with a distance of 66.31 metres at the Australian Athletics Championships.
 
At the Australian Athletics Championships, Matthew won the gold medal in the Men’s Open Hammer with a throw of 73.37 metres, and the silver medal in the Men’s Open Discus with a throw of 61.28m.
 
Brielle won the gold medal in the Under 20 Women’s 3000m Steeplechase at the Australian Athletics Championships held at Olympic Park, Sydney.
         
   

July
Hayden Siebuhr
Wheelchair Basketball
 
August
Lyle Teske
Indoor Cricket
 
September
Patrick Rudd
Gymnastics

Hayden was a member of the Australian Under 23 Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team which won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Toronto, Canada.
 
Lyle captained the Australian Indoor Cricket team to victory as they dominated New Zealand 94-48 in the Indoor Cricket World Cup grand final held in Dubai.
 
Patrick holds the ranking of No. 2 in Australia overall and was a member of the Australian Team which competed at the Junior World Gymnastics Championships held in Las Vegas.
         
   

October
Max Harding
Hockey
 
November
Tara Reinke
Powerlifting
 
December
Jacob Whale
Swimming

In 2017 Max was a member of the Queensland Under 18 & Under 21 Men’s Hockey Teams. He has been selected in the ‘Hockey Australia Futures Squad’ and has been identified as a potential senior Australian Player.
 
In her first year of powerlifting Tara holds the Under 72kg Australian Sub Junior deadlift record with a lift of 165kg.