The who’s who of sporting royalty in Queensland turned out to celebrate 20 years of recognising the outstanding achievements of Queensland athletes at the Queensland Sport Awards last night with the Mission Queensland Firebirds and Netball Queensland being well represented with finalists in four categories.
Along with Firebirds Captain, Laura Geitz, 19U State team coach Christine Voge was a finalist in the Sports Coach category as well at the 19U team up for the Junior Sport Team award with long serving stalwart Nerida Bartlett rounding out the triple treat for Netball Queensland in the Sport Volunteer category.
Firebirds Captain, Laura Geitz has been pipped at the post by sailings Mat Belcher as the Olympic Champion took out the Queensland Sport Star of the Year award at last nights black tie function in Brisbane.
While none of our finalists took home major prizes it was a great honour to be recognised for what has been an outstanding year for netball in Queensland.
A 700 strong audience at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre heard the announcement of 10 Awards presented for Queensland’s top on and off field sporting performances in the period October, 2013 to September, 2014 and three further Service to Sport Awards presented for outstanding service.
Moore Park surf life saver Matthew Davis from the Bundaberg region won the Coca Cola Channel 7 Queensland Junior Sport Star Award while the winner of The Courier-Mail McDonald’s Queensland Athlete with a Disability Award went to world champion paracanoeist Curtis McGrath.
Former Brisbane Roar A-League Coach Mike Mulvey was the Queensland Government sponsored Queensland Sport Coach of the Year award winner for his coaching of the Roar to the 2013-14 A-League title, the team taking out the XXXX sponsored Queensland Sport Team of the Year Award.
Rae Clarke (golf), Ralph Freeman (motorcycling) and Alison Quirke (athletics) were the three QSport Service to Sport Award recipients.
New Queensland Sport Hall of Fame inductees beach volleyballer Natalie Cook OAM, swimmer Leisel Jones OAM, cricketer Matthew Hayden AM and rugby league’s Darren Lockyer were present for their induction, as was Dr David Theile AO, who was elevated to Legend status as the 14th Legend of Queensland Sport.
Triathlon official Jacqui Kenny was named Konica Minolta Queensland Sport Officiator category winner while Motorcycling’s Mike Findlay was the Arthur J Gallagher Queensland Sport Administrator of the Year.
Baseball’s Queensland Bandits U18 national championship winners won the Queensland Government sponsored Queensland Junior Sport Team of the Year Award and the Brisbane International Tennis took out the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Queensland Sport Event of the Year Award.