It’s time to bench COVID for good

North Queensland’s sport and active recreation communities, clubs and State level organisations are preparing for the resumption of sporting activity at their venues. Assistance for these organisations to prepare to meet the COVIDSafe requirements necessary to help participants and support personnel reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is vital.

The NQSF is dedicated to supporting active and healthy regional communities by advocating sport and active recreation in the region. We all need to do what we can to advance a safe and properly prepared plan for the resumption of sport and active recreation in our communities. Our State Sporting Organisations and Government Authorities are available to assist with additional information required to support a safe return to an active lifestyle. The information provided in the NQPHN NQSF poster underpins the basics for a safe return to sport.

A newly-developed coronavirus resource will support sporting organisations across North Queensland to stay COVID-19 safe as they return to training, competitions, and programs following the easing of community sport restrictions in response to the pandemic.

Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) and North Queensland Sports Foundation (NQSF) have teamed up to create the ‘It’s time to bench COVID for good’ poster to help community sporting clubs’ players, volunteers, coaches, and spectators return to action in a safe, responsible, and low risk manner.

The poster will be distributed directly to community sporting clubs across the region, as well as all 31 local government councils in North Queensland.

NQPHN Chief Executive Officer John Gregg said the resource focuses on giving community sporting clubs and associations a handy guide for a safe return to sport at all levels.

“Obviously our local sporting community is desperately keen to get back playing the sports they love, but we need to ensure that is done in the right way,” Mr Gregg said.

“We’ve designed this poster for community sporting clubs to place in and around their facilities, as well as to distribute to members, to help people take simple steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread.

“Practical tips in the poster include safe facility practises, such as the importance of not sharing water bottles, encouraging personal hygiene such as washing hands or using hand sanitisers, and staying 1.5 metres apart.

“It also stresses the importance of downloading the COVIDSafe app, and staying home if any players or spectators are suffering from cold or flu-like symptoms.”

NQSF Chief Executive Officer Stephen Farrell said North Queensland’s sport and active recreation communities, clubs, and State level organisations are preparing for the resumption of sporting activity at their venues.

“Assistance for these organisations to prepare to meet the COVIDSafe requirements necessary to help participants and support personnel reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 is vital,” Mr Farrell said.

“The NQSF is dedicated to supporting active and healthy regional communities by advocating sport and active recreation in the region.

“We all need to do what we can to advance a safe and properly prepared plan for the resumption of sport and active recreation in our communities.

“Our State sporting organisations and government authorities are available to assist, with additional information required to support a safe return to an active lifestyle.

“The information provided in the NQPHN/NQSF poster underpins the basics for a safe return to sport.”

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

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!

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