Joyce Britt who was born on 19.5.1931 and was the oldest competitor at the 2018 NQ Games. The youngest competitor at indoor bowls was born on 20.3.2009
Joyce was the ultimate competitor. She played for the win but was never too serious to throw in a joke.
Joyce won 2 silver medals for Indoor Bowls in the 2018 NQ Games. Both were in individual events. The Veterans Mixed Singles which is for 75yrs+ against men and ladies. She played 32 ends of bowls in this competition and there were 8 competitors.
Joyce followed up that with another 3 games of bowls to win silver in the Ladies Open Singles division which had 10 competitors.
A highlight for Joyce at the 2018 NQ Games was when she was asked to present the medals to the winners of the mixed pairs competition. She got a real buzz from that experience.
Joyce is an active member of the Mackay and District Senior Citizens Association and we are very glad of their support of indoor bowls in the NQ Games.
This is what the NQ Games is all about – encouraging active participation for all in North Queensland!
This year Boxing Qld is introducing the North Qld Titles which will be awarded to the winners (of their respective divisions) in conjunction with the NQ Games.
Boxing Queensland is the governing body of amateur boxing in Queensland, Affiliated with Boxing Australia and AIBA.
Australia recently hosted the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Out of the 13 Australian Boxers, Queensland had 4 representing their club, state & country. Queensland managed to secure 1 gold & 2 Bronze. Overall, the results for the Australian boxing team was the best ever at any Commonwealth Games. All of these athletes came through the ranks of Boxing Qld participating in club tournaments, regional tournaments just like the NQ Games, state & National Titles.
One of the biggest challenges we face in the North is of course our geographical location and the amount of travel that we are all faced with to compete at tournaments and unfortunately the only way to improve is to challenge yourself against other athletes on a regular basis, so we cover quite a large distance, quite often.
This year Boxing Qld is introducing the North Qld Titles which will be awarded to the winners (of their respective divisions) in conjunction with the NQ Games. Boxing Qld will coordinate a North Qld championship every other year and run it in conjunction with the NQ Games moving forward.
We are very pleased to say that the response to the NQ Games has been outstanding, we have clubs coming from – Victoria, NT, WA & all over Qld – Cairns, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Caboolture, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Bowen, Moranbah, Dysart, Middlemount, Townsville, Rockhampton & of course Mackay, with some 60+ athletes registering.
DIVISIONS TO WATCH
Elite males 75kg division consist of 4 very experienced athletes with over 300 fights between them:
Presley Wilcox- Dragons Boxing Club Townsville former Qld & Australian champion,
Ben Hussein- Spiders Boxing Caboolture current Qld & Australian champion,
Ton Van Dijk- Wanderers Boxing Club Cairns
Julian Muscat- Bethania Boxing Club Brisbane former Qld & Australian Representative.
Elite male 69kg division has a couple of local athletes competing in it and has over 12 boxers nominated in the division (largest number of nominations outside of major title events)
Jacob Duffy- boxing out of Bell’s Boxing Club Moranbah- has a wealth of experience with 20+ fights,
Tom Heikennen is a novice but has been around boxing for a few years &
Lumikie Walker (Mackay’s favourite son) Boxing out of Mackay Boxing Club, has also had just under 20 fights and will be a crowd favourite when he jumps in the ring.
Ciara Storch 12yr old girl (current Qld champion), Carson Lawrence, Father & son duo Steve & Jacob Drury – Dig Deep Boxing Club Mackay.
There will be athletes of all ages ranging from 10yrs through to 50 yrs, old both male and female.
There will be 50+ bouts over 2 great days at the Northern Beaches Bowls Club – Doors open at 5.00pm both nights Saturday & Sunday, first bout commences at 6.00pm.
Tickets available now from the bowls club and the Mackay Boxing Club.
Corporate tables also available, contact the Mackay Boxing Club
DATE & TIME:
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018
Saturday 5th – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 6th – 8:00am to 2:30pm
FINAL TIMETABLE RELEASED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON (2nd May)
Mackay Athletics Club is proud to host the Athletics as part of the 2018 NQ Games.
The NQ Games will see athletes from all across North Queensland compete and better their best against local competition. Among the entrants we are proud to have some elite level athletes from the region and an Australian Commonwealth Games representative.
TARYN GOLLSHEWSKY- 2018 Commonwealth Games Discus Representative
Aged 16, Taryn Gollshewsky first wore the green and gold at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships, placing 12th. One year on, she was off to the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships where she competed in the qualifying rounds. She had thrown a tremendous PB of 53.69m in the lead-up to the championships.
At the Australian Junior Athletics Championships in 2012, she was locked in a four-way tie for the two places in the Australian team for the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships. Unfortunately, she placed third and missed selection.
Taryn rebounded in 2013 with a PB 54.79m, ahead of a breakthrough 2014 campaign. During the domestic season, she destroyed her PB, with 55.09m in Adelaide, then 56.74m in Brisbane in March, closing the year as the second Australian at the Nationals. Selected for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Taryn nailed a PB of 58.24m in the qualifying round, finishing ninth in the final.
In 2015, Taryn improved her consistency of throws with 53m her lowest throw. But 2016 was another breakthrough season, raising her PB on four occasions reaching 60.27m. Taryn became just the sixth Australian to throw over 60m and only the second for the last 14 years, along with Dani Stevens.
In 2017 her consistency continued with three throws over 59 metres with a best of 59.94m. Although she remained short of the 2017 IAAF World Championships qualifying standard, in late July, she received an IAAF roll down position for London 2017. She was also selected for the 2017 World University Games. In London, she managed 54.29m in the qualifying rounds. On to Taipei for the World Unis later that month, she rebounded with a throw of 58.11m winning the bronze medal.
Seeking selection in her second Commonwealth Games team, Gollshewsky, nailed her season best at the 2018 Australian championships and trials to secure automatic nomination for the team, courtesy of her second placing with a throw of 58.67m.
ISABELLA STARR – Australian 200m Champion 2017 in the Girls 14yrs Age group
Isabella is an young athlete with a promising future. She has broken numerous long standing records in North Queensland and will be a young athlete to watch at this years games.
JOSIAH MCCARTHY – National Middle Distance Runner
19 year old Josiah McCarthy is an up & coming middle distance runner specialising in the 800m & 1500m. Josiah competed at his first National titles this year and is a favourite to win the 1500m Feature Race.
Feature Event – 1500m 56er’s Olympic Torchbearers Club
Also included in the Athletics event is the 1500m feature event. 56 Olympic Torchbearers Club inc & The North Queensland Sports Foundation are proud to announce a $2,000 purse for the 1500m Open Mens & Womens races. The race is held too commemorate the 1956 Olympic Torch Relay, involving 2800 Athletes each running one mile (approx. 1500m) from Cairns to Melbourne.
The 2018 NQ Mackay City Auto Group NQ games are fast approaching. One of the most anticipated events is the Powerlifting with Australia’s top athletes traveling to Proserpine to compete.
FEATURED ATHLETES All are ranked in the top 3 in Australia, Australian record holders and Australian Representatives at World Powerlifting Events.
> 2012 – South Coast U70kgs 3rd place Mens Short novice 2nd place
> Sydney u65kgs 1st place
> Asia Pacific Internationals u65kgs 3rd place
> 2011 – South Coast U70kgs 1st Place Junior Men 2nd Place
> Castle Hill Sydney U65kgs 2nd Place Junior Men 2nd Place
> 2011 Powerlifting Matti Tikka Challenge – 3rd Place U74kgs
John Paul Cauchi
66kg Squat (225.5kg) Junior and Open
66kg Deadlift (280kg) Junior and Open
66kg Total (615.5kg) Junior and Open
74kg Deadlift (277.5kg) Junior and Open
74kg Total (627.5kg) Junior
74kg Squat (260kg) Junior
74 kg Deadlift(265kg) Junior
74kg Total (665kg) Junior
2x Junior World Champion
1x Open Aus Champion
2x Junior Aus Champion and 2x Best male lifter
1x Oceania Junior Champ
927.5kg total 511 wilks
NQ GAMES EVENT DIVISIONS
Open – 23 years of age and over as at 1/1/2018 Women: 47kg, 52kg, 57kg, 63kg, 72kg, 84kg+ Men: 59kg, 66kg, 74kg, 83kg, 93kg, 105kg, 120kg, 120kg+
This event will also include special guest Robert Wilks Director of Powerlifting Australia.
This is an event you do not want to miss!
DATE & TIME: Saturday 5th May 2018
7:00am to 6.30pm (approx)
St Catherines Catholic College
96 Renwick Road PROSERPINE
Or if you are an athlete, registrations are still open!