Locals encouraged to nominate a local sporting star

Published: 30 Aug 2021

For 30 years the North Queensland Sport Foundation (NQSF) has been recognising and celebrating the north’s sports stars.

This year, after a 2020 hiatus, the Foundation, of which Mackay Regional Council is a member, is going all out.

Awards and thousands of dollars in prize money will be presented across seven categories.

Nominations are now open and residents are encouraged to nominate our local sports stars.

Council’s representative on the Foundation board, Cr Laurence Bonaventura said the NQ Hall of Fame would be included in the 2021 NQ Sportstar Awards in Charters Towers on October 30.

“There will also be categories covering senior, junior, masters, AWD (athletes with a disability) and a team of the year award,” Cr Bonaventura said.

“It’s going to be a great night recognising the incredible achievements of our regional North Queensland athletes,” he said.

“And, to top it off, we have Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury OAM as guest speaker this year.”

Cr Bonaventura encouraged sporting club members to give special consideration to nominating someone for the Alan Ticehurst Memorial Award for Service to NQ Sport.

“This award recognises an individual who has contributed to an individual sport, or the industry as a whole, over a lengthy period,” he said.

“It’s a great one for acknowledging those volunteers, officials, coaches, managers and committee members who often stay out of the limelight but give so much to their chosen sport.”

Nominations can be submitted at mackay.qld.gov.au/sportstar and close at midnight on Sunday, September 19.

Local nominations will be shortlisted in late September and will receive an invitation to the awards dinner in Charters Towers.