2021 NQ Sportstar Awards

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Congratulations to all our North Queensland Sportstar of the Year winners and runners up at this year’s 30th Annual NQ Sportstar Awards. Our event was hosted by Charters Towers Regional Council on Saturday 30th October at the Arthur Titley Centre in Charters Towers, the evening was truly a night to be remembered with the impressive line-up of VIP’s and Finalists.  

The inaugural NQ Sportstar Awards took place in 1990 and is the longest running dedicated sporting awards in Queensland. For 30 years the awards have played a major role in our sporting communities recognising the incredible achievements of our regional North Queensland athletes. 

Highlights of the evening included VIP Guest Speaker Steven Bradbury OAM, inspiring our NQ sporting community to ‘Never Give Up!”. The great Laurie Lawrence was present to accept his induction into the NQ Sporting Hall of Fame, recounting with the legendary Jon Sieben OAM. Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson sharing his story to inspire and motivate the young athletes present to not settle for second best, to go out and reach their full potential!  

In partnership with Charters Towers Regional Council, we would like to thank our sponsors Minjar Gold, Ravenswood Gold, McDonalds Charters Towers, Sovereign Tavern, Queensland Country Bank, Think Mobility, JMS Aquatics, Mendi Constructions and Struddys.  It was a true celebration recognising our elite North Queensland athletes and volunteers. 

Congratulations to the following NQ Sportstar of the Year Winners & Runners Up. With a special congratulations to Lachlan Buckman being a finalist at the QSport Awards. 

Alan Ticehurst Memorial Award for Service to NQ Sport proudly sponsored by Minjar Gold.

WINNER Bruce Scott representing Townsville City Council

RUNNER UP Nora Pennefather representing Cairns Regional Council. 

Junior Sportstar of the Year proudly sponsored by Ravenswood Gold. 
WINNER Lachlan Buckman representing Hinchinbrook Shire Council 
RUNNER UP Ethan Weiss representing Mackay Regional Council. 

Senior Sportstar of the Year proudly sponsored by McDonalds Charters Towers. 
WINNER – Liam Gilbert representing Cairns Regional Council 
RUNNER UP – Sarah Cochrane representing Townsville City Council 

Masters Sportstar of the Year proudly sponsored by Sovereign Tavern. 
WINNER Rachel Matthews representing Cairns Regional Council. 
RUNNER UP Sunia ‘Sunny’ Raitava representing Mount Isa City Council. 

2021 NQ Sportstar Team of the Year proudly sponsored by Queensland Country Bank. 
WINNER Mackay Meteors representing Mackay Regional Council. 
RUNNER UP Strafford Dolphins U14 Team representing Cairns Regional Council. 

Athlete with a Disability Sportstar of the Year Award proudly sponsored by Think Mobility. 
WINNER – Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson representing Cairns Regional Council 
RUNNER UP – Brayden Foxley-Conolly representing Mackay Regional Council 

NQ Sporting Excellence Award proudly sponsored by JMS Aquatics. 
WINNER – Mornington Island Raiders representing the Mornington Shire Council 

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