Important Announcement

2020 NQ Games

18th March 2020

We regret to advise that the 2020 Townsville NQ Games has been cancelled due to the updated government advice on gatherings and social distancing. Non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people inside and more than 500 people outside have been banned. Further measures on indoor gatherings of less than 100 people are being worked through by the states and territories. 

Given the nature of the NQ Games and after consultation with experts and stakeholders the difficult decision was made not to proceed.  This decision was based on advice on the AHPPC*, endorsed by Commonwealth, State and Territory governments and local authority advice.   

Community health and wellbeing is our priority and minimizing the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities is first and foremost.  We are working with the relevant organizations and authorities to minimize the impact of the cancellation.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.  Additional information will be provided as it comes to hand.  

The situation is changing rapidly. Stay up to date with the latest information about the spread of COVID-19 and the steps being taken to slow the spread. 

For information on COVID-19, please go to the federal Health Department’s website. 

*The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) coordinates this and makes the key decisions. 


2019 NQ Sportstar Awards: Winners & Runners Up

Thank you to all who attended the 2019 NQ Sportstar Awards Gala Dinner hosted by the Hinchinbrook Shire Council in Ingham.
We are pleased to announce the 2019 Category winners. Well done to all!

⭐️Athlete with a Disability

WINNER: Chelseann Osborne, Sailing – Townsville City Council

Chelseann won Gold at the Special Olympics World Games held is Abu Dhabi. She was awarded Australian Sailor of the year with a Disability 2018 and Queensland of the year with a Disability 2019. Chelseann went on to win the AWD category at the QSport Awards in Brisbane.

RUNNER UP: Joel Mundie, Swimming – Cairns Regional Council

Joel completed at the National Age Championships in Adelaide where he came back with 2 x Gold, 1 Silver and 1 x Bronze medal also breaking 6 Australian Age Records- some being held for over 15 years. Joel holds 9 Australian Age Records and 1 Open Men’s record.



WINNER: Calvin Franklin, Triathlon – Mackay Regional Council

Calvin competed at the ITU World Triathlon Championships in Switzerland winning Gold in the Standard Distance in the 18-19 years Age Group. He came first in the Under 19 Morteton Bay Triathlon Nissan State Series, 1st in the Queensland Triathlon Series Raby Bay and 5th at the Mooloolaba Triathlon.

RUNNER UP: Nash Lowis, Athletics – Townsville City Council

Nash competed at the 2019 Oceania Championships winning Gold with a record throw of 79.19m. At the Australian Athletics Championships he won bronze in the open men’s and finished 4th in this years Brisbane Classic. Nash competed at the Queensland Athletics Championships winning silver in the open men’s.



WINNER: Kiera Wiseman, Water Skiing – Burdekin Shire Council

Kiera placed 2nd in Jump and 3rd overall for Australia in the under 14 Junior Water Ski Team at the Australian v’s New Zealand Challenge. Kiera placed 2nd in Jump, 3rd in Slalom, 4th in Trick and 2nd overall in the National Waterski championships this year

RUNNER UP: Brandee Ferguson, Rodeo – Cloncurry Shire Council

Brandee was the first and only Australian to qualify in the RFDTV Junior American USA event which gave her an automatic qualification to the 2020 RFDTV Junior American event. At the Trans Tasman International Challenge Brandee Qualified on the Australia Team and contributed toward Australia being victorious with a personal win and second in the barrel race competition. Brandee won the Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping at the AAYLA Sumner series in Alvin Texas.



WINNER: Sarah Lane, Dragon Boating – Townsville City Council

Sarah competed at the 14th International Dragon Boat Federation (IDBF) World Dragon Boat Racing Championships in Thailand winning Gold in the 10’s boat 200m and Gold in the 500m, silver in the 10’s boat 2000m event and bronze in the 20’s boat 1000m event. At the Australian Dragon Boat Titles Sarah’s team placed in the top 6 for the 10’s boat 200m and 500m and placed silver in the QLD regional team state vs state event.

RUNNER UP: Leanne Knox, Powerlifting – Whitsunday Regional Council

At the World Raw Powerlifitng Championships in Virginia Beach America, Leanne finished 1st in the Masters 45-49yr 72kg category, 3rd in the open category 72kg and broke the back squat world record. She is currently ranked 1st in the world of all fully drug tested federations 45-49yr 72kg category. Leanne broke 4 national records.


⭐️Service to Sport

WINNER: Peter Shefford, Touch Football / Rugby League – Townsville City Council

Peter coaches the Shark Touch Boys 15’s (Townsville Junior Touch), Townsville Boys 18’s (NQ Regional Championships) and as assistant coach for the Townsville Blackhawks B14’s (NRL Junior RL Championships). He is president of both the Shark Touch and Junior Touch Club. On a state level his is a selector for the Queensland Men’s 50s- QLD State Cup and QLD Secondary Schools Boy 15s- QSST Championships. He has previously coached the Australian Defence Force Warriors Men’s 40’s and coached the Samoa Men’s Open team in the Pacific Games and Fit World Cup.

RUNNER UP: Joe Pennisi, Rugby League – Hinchinbrook Shire Council

Joe has been involved with Rugby League for over the past fifty years. He has played, refereed and coached at a local, North Queensland and State level. For twenty years he coached the senior teams at Abergowrie College. Joe joined the Herbert River Crushers where he has coached Junior & Seniors teams. This year Joe was instrumental in ensuring the QRL Country week was played in Ingham.


⭐️ Sporting Excellence

WINNER: Portia Eden, Cairns Regional Council

Portia is a 3 x’s U12 World BMX Champion, most recently winning the 2019 World #1 on the cruiser bike. She is the 2019 National Champion in the “Cruiser Category”, she competed at the Grand United States Tulsa and has achieved 1st place at all state and regional competitions this year.



NQ Sportstar: Finalists

2019 NQ Sportstar Awards

Congratulations to the following finalists. Be sure to purchase your ticket to attend the Awards Night where Winners & Runners Up will be announced.

📍 Ingham
📆 2nd November 2019



⭐️Neal Teale
Touch Football, Cairns Regional Council

⭐️Amanda Wright
Athletics, Mackay Regional Council

⭐️Sunia (Sunny) Raitava
Boxing, Mount Isa City Council

⭐️Sarah Lane
Dragon Boating, Townsville City Council

⭐️Leanne Knox
Powerlifting, Whitsunday Regional Council

Athlete with a Disability

⭐️Jeremy Darwen
Soccer, Burdekin Shire Council

⭐️Joel Mundie
Swimming, Cairns Regional Council

⭐️Xapheniah Tanner
Rugby League, Cassowary Coast Regional Council

⭐️Raymond Abdy
Athletics, Charters Towers Regional Council

⭐️Luke Rosadi
Drag Racing, Hinchinbrook Shire Council

⭐️Cooper Whitestyles
Wheelchair Basketball & Lawn bowls, Mackay Regional Council

⭐️Chelseann Osborne
Sailing, Townsville City Council


⭐️Kiera Wiseman
Water Skiing, Burdekin Shire Council

⭐️Portia Eden
BMX, Cairns Regional Council

⭐️Brodie Mayocchi
Mixed Martial Arts, Cassowary Coast Regional Council

⭐️Callan Burgoine
Rodeo, Charters Towers Regional Council

⭐️Brandee Ferguson
Rodeo, Cloncurry Shire Council

⭐️Ryder Smith
Rugby League, Athletics, cricket, Touch Football, T20 Cricket & Gymnastics – Douglas Shire Council

⭐️Alana Romano
Cricket/Athletics/Squash/Netball/Swimming/Rugby League/Rugby Union – Hinchinbrook Shire Council

⭐️Cooper Downing
Motocross, Isaac Regional Council

⭐️Janee Emms
Baton Twirling, Mackay Regional Council

⭐️Patrick Roche
Eskrima (Filipino Martial Arts), Mount Isa City Council

⭐️Asher Guy
Rugby Union/Rugby League, Richmond Shire Council

⭐️Kobe Ormes
Cycling, Townsville City Council

⭐️Jaspa Hope
Olympic Weightlifting, Whitsunday Regional Council

Service to NQ Sport

⭐️Sam Thomsom
Underwater Hockey, Cairns Regional Council

⭐️Lenny Knuth
Rugby Union, Charters Towers Council

⭐️Gloria Vass
Netball, Burdekin Shire Council

⭐️Graham Maifredi
White Water Rafting, Cassowary Coast Regional Council

⭐️Greg Mill
Hockey, Douglas Shire Council

⭐️Joe Pennisi
Rugby League, Hinchinbrook Shire Council

⭐️Teresa Dreghorn
Netball, Mackay Regional Council

⭐️James Derrick
Boxing, Mount Isa City Council

⭐️Peter Shefford
Touch Football / Rugby League, Townsville City Council


⭐️Rob Carn
Stockmans Challenges, Shire of Winton

⭐️Ross Rickards
Powerlifting, Burdekin Shire Council

⭐️Neal Teale
Touch Football, Cairns Regional Council

⭐️Connor-James Dunn
Hockey, Douglas Shire Council

⭐️Michael Skipper
NRL Football, Hinchinbrook Shire Council

⭐️Donna Ormiston
Field Archery, Isaac Regional Council

⭐️Calvin Franklin
Triathlon, Mackay Regional Council

⭐️Kimberly Alcorn
Triathlon, Mount Isa City Council

⭐️Nash Lowis
Athletics – Javelin, Townsville City Council

2018 QCCU NQ Sportstar Awards Winners & Runners Up

Congratulations to the 2018 QCCU NQ Sportstar Awards Winners and Runners Up.

Winner: Nash Lowis (Javelin)
Runner Up: Zane Street (Sikaran Martial Arts)

Winner: Brodie Mayocchi (Mixed Martial Arts)
Runner Up: Braden Plath (Motocross)

Winner: Leanne Knox (Olympic Weightlifting & Powerlifting)
Runner Up: Tomas Valena (Triathlon)

Winner: John Single (Tennis)
Runner Up: Peter Lister (Mountain Bike Racing)

Winner: David Nicholas (Para Cycling)
Runner Up: Andrea McDonnell (Table Tennis)

Winner: Brandee Ferguson (Rodeo & Swimming)


Also a big special thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.
Queensland Country Credit UnionBrothers Leagues Club Innisfail | PAYCE | Experience Co | Inclusion Works | Cassowary Coast Regional Council


NQ Games Oldest Competitor

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!

Boxing – Event Overview

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.


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.


Aaron Beckman, Jamie Galea, Trinidy Campbell (current Qld Silver medallist), Norman Hartigan & Craig Hallam –  Mackay Boxing Club.

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



Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018
Saturday 5th – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 6th – 8:00am to 2:30pm


Mackay State High School




Athletics – Event Overview

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.

DOWNLOAD EVENT FLYER – 1500m Open Mens’s & Women’s Race Feature Event – $2000 Purse

Prizes –

  • Winner $600 plus Trophy & name added to perpetual shield
  • Second $300
  • Third $100 plus medallions for both Men’s and Women’s Races.

This event will be live broadcast by Star 101.8 FM Mackay Radio. This is an event you do not want to miss!


Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May 2018
Saturday 5th – 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday 6th – 8:00am to 2:30pm


Mackay State High School




Olympic Weightlifting – Event Overview

The 2018 NQ Mackay City Auto Group NQ games are fast approaching. One of the most anticipated events is the Olympic Weightlifting with Australia’s top athletes traveling to Proserpine to compete.


Erika Yamasaki


Snatch = 82kg
Clean & Jerk = 107kg
Total = 182kg

Front Squat = 120kg
Back Squat = 130kg

Lukas Gardner

  • 2015 2nd Place Olitek Australian Weightlifting Championships
  • Current Qld Weightlifting Open Champion 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Representing Australia at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classics 2015
  • Australian Open Senior Silver Medallist 2013, 2014
  • Represented Australia for Australia vs New Zealand 2012
  • Australian Open Senior Bronze Medallist 2012
  • Commonwealth and Oceania Championships Bronze Medalist 2012



Youth (Turning 15 as of 31st Dec of the current competition year, 2018)  – Winners determined by Sinclair score. 1,2,3 Male and Female

U17   (Turning 17 as of the 31st Dec of the current competition year , 2018) – Winners determined by Sinclair score. 1,2,3 Male and Female

Senior 18 to 34 years of age as at 31st Dec 2018 – Winners will be determined by Sinclair score for both men and women). 1,2,3 Male and Female

Women – 48kg, 53kg, 58kg, 63kg, 69kg, 75kg,  90kg  and +90kg

Men – 56kg, 62kg, 69kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, 105kg, +105kg

Masters 1,2,3 Male and Female

Women 35-45 years Winner determined by SMM score; 45-55 years Winner determined by SMM score; 55 years + Winner determined by SMM score

We are also proud to have  Queensland Weightlifting director Debra Keelan.

This is an event you do not want to miss!

Sunday 6th May 2018
7:00am to 6.30pm (approx)

St Catherines Catholic College
96 Renwick Road

Or if you are an athlete, registrations are still open!



Powerlifting – Event Overview

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.

All are ranked in the top 3 in Australia, Australian record holders and Australian Representatives at World Powerlifting Events.

Joey Zinghini

> 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


Tyron Senituli

Squat- 335kg
Bench- 240kg
Deadlift- 352.5kg
927.5kg total 511 wilks


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!

Saturday 5th May 2018
7:00am to 6.30pm (approx)

St Catherines Catholic College
96 Renwick Road

Or if you are an athlete, registrations are still open!



Fostering & Strengthening Active Participation in North Queensland.

Contact Details

Phone:07 4724 2500

Townsville Sports House
Office 4
Redpath Street
North Ward Q 4810

PO Box 347
Belgian Gardens Q 4810