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.”
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.
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.
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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.
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY LIQUAFORCE
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.
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY WILMAR SUGAR
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.
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⭐️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.
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⭐️ 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.
PROUDLY SPONSORED BY JMS AQUATICS
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.
📆 2nd November 2019
Touch Football, Cairns Regional Council
Athletics, Mackay Regional Council
⭐️Sunia (Sunny) Raitava
Boxing, Mount Isa City Council
Dragon Boating, Townsville City Council
Powerlifting, Whitsunday Regional Council
Athlete with a Disability
Soccer, Burdekin Shire Council
Swimming, Cairns Regional Council
Rugby League, Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Athletics, Charters Towers Regional Council
Drag Racing, Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Wheelchair Basketball & Lawn bowls, Mackay Regional Council
Sailing, Townsville City Council
Water Skiing, Burdekin Shire Council
BMX, Cairns Regional Council
Mixed Martial Arts, Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Rodeo, Charters Towers Regional Council
Rodeo, Cloncurry Shire Council
Rugby League, Athletics, cricket, Touch Football, T20 Cricket & Gymnastics – Douglas Shire Council
Cricket/Athletics/Squash/Netball/Swimming/Rugby League/Rugby Union – Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Motocross, Isaac Regional Council
Baton Twirling, Mackay Regional Council
Eskrima (Filipino Martial Arts), Mount Isa City Council
Rugby Union/Rugby League, Richmond Shire Council
Cycling, Townsville City Council
Olympic Weightlifting, Whitsunday Regional Council
Service to NQ Sport
Underwater Hockey, Cairns Regional Council
Rugby Union, Charters Towers Council
Netball, Burdekin Shire Council
White Water Rafting, Cassowary Coast Regional Council
Hockey, Douglas Shire Council
Rugby League, Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Netball, Mackay Regional Council
Boxing, Mount Isa City Council
Touch Football / Rugby League, Townsville City Council
Stockmans Challenges, Shire of Winton
Powerlifting, Burdekin Shire Council
Touch Football, Cairns Regional Council
Hockey, Douglas Shire Council
NRL Football, Hinchinbrook Shire Council
Field Archery, Isaac Regional Council
Triathlon, Mackay Regional Council
Triathlon, Mount Isa City Council
Athletics – Javelin, Townsville City Council
FOUNDATION PARTNER ANNOUNCEMENT: Struddys
The North Queensland Sports Foundation is excited to announce our new Merchandise Partnership with Struddys for the upcoming 2020 NQ Games and extending into 2022.
The North Queensland Sports Foundation has had a long and prominent presence in our NQ Sporting communities. From the very first NQ Games in 1984 to now the largest regularly run multi-sport event in regional Australia the NQSF has significantly impacted the NQ sporting landscape. We rely on developing strong and reliable partnerships with suppliers and service providers to ensure the community has a positive experience.
The NQSF is very excited to announce our new Merchandise Partnership with Struddys for the upcoming 2020 NQ Games and extending into 2022. Struddys have an excellent team strategically positioned throughout Queensland and an outstanding facility that will provide top of the range apparel for the NQSF portfolio.
As a result Struddys will be the NQSF’s preferred supplier for all merchandise and apparel. The Struddys brand will be prominent throughout the range of product available. The NQSF is extremely confident our new partnership will value add to our portfolio and are looking forward to developing our relationship.
Struddys Apparel are proud to be joining forces with the North Queensland Sports Foundation for the 2020 Games. Here at Struddys we pride ourselves on producing the highest quality garments and this years Games Merchandise will be the best yet. This partnership is more than just providing apparel for the games, it’s about local corporations coming together to support the sporting community and providing competitors with opportunity pathways to succeed at a national level in their chosen sport.
When my beloved Valleys Diehards played North Queensland in the state league competition in the 70s, we would take a week to get over the physicality of the game playing against the NQ legends such as Vern and Frank Daisy, wow what players they were and certainly the most feared of their era. Being heavily involved in Rugby League over the years, sponsoring many League carnivals I am looking forward to getting amongst the wider sporting community.A little note from Struddy’s CEO Ross Strudwick
The first of 3 Community Health and Well-Being pilot programs was launched in Cairns.
Nine months in, the NQSF Health and Wellbeing Project has completed significant work:
- A needs assessment within the NQSF footprint has identified the needs and barriers for LGAs to develop health and wellbeing intervention bundles;
- Contributed to the realignment of the Queensland Sport + Recreation strategy;
- Formed an advisory group to deliberate on LGA program submissions and select pilot programs;
- Selected three pilot programs to commence 2019-20FY.
Work continues with LGAs in development of programs that align to the aims of the project. Illustrated by the varying designs and targets of the selected pilot programs, North Queensland is a diverse region requiring evidence-based solutions that are tailored to the specific needs of the community.
This project wil continue:
- Positively contributing to combatting obesity and associated chronic disease;
- Engaging our communities to deliver solutions which contribute towards increased liveability and stronger communities;
- Delivering the support needed by our member LGAs, sporting organisations and community services.
With further programs set to roll out in the next financial year, LGA member delegates be sure to get in touch with our Program Coordinator to develop interventions that will keep your communities active.
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)
SERVICE TO NQ SPORT
Winner: John Single (Tennis)
Runner Up: Peter Lister (Mountain Bike Racing)
ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY
Winner: David Nicholas (Para Cycling)
Runner Up: Andrea McDonnell (Table Tennis)
SPORTING EXCELLENCE AWARD
Winner: Brandee Ferguson (Rodeo & Swimming)
Also a big special thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible.
Queensland Country Credit Union| Brothers Leagues Club Innisfail | PAYCE | Experience Co | Inclusion Works | Cassowary Coast Regional Council
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!