Our Story

The North Queensland Sports Foundation, from which arose the Suncorp North Queensland Games, developed from an original concept presented at a public meeting held at Townsville in February 1983, convened by Mr Ken McElligott, Deputy Mayor of Townsville.

From the 60 delegates attending and representing 25 sports, a steering committee was formed comprising Mr Bob McCullough (Chairman), Mr Ken McElligott (Deputy Chairman), Mr Graham Bird (Treasurer), Ms Lorell Edwards (Secretary) and a committee of Ray Ringuet, John Rivett, George Lovett, Bill Martin, Liam Hanna, Mel Pengilley, John Lockhart and D’arcy Clayton.

An inaugural Board meeting was held on August 12, 1983 and attended by local government and community representatives from throughout greater North Queensland, as determined under the provisions of the Foundation’s Memorandum and Articles of Association.

Consistent with the fundamental concept of regional management of the Foundation, Board members from throughout North Queensland attend regular meetings in Townsville. The North Queensland Sports Foundation is a completely voluntary organisation, which employs three permanent full time paid staff members, a CEO, a Program Coordinator and an Administration Manager.

Our History

The history of the North Queensland Sports Foundation.
  • 2018 Queensland Country Credit Union NQ Sportstar Awards hosted by Cassowary Coast Regional Council
  • 2018 NQSF/ANQ Student Games
  • 2018 Mackay City Auto Group North Queensland Games – Mackay Region
  • 2017 QRL NQ Sportstar Awards hosted by Whitsunday Regional Council
  • 2017 NQSF/ANQ Student Games
  • 2017 Glencore Great Western Games (Overlander’s Way ChartersTowers to Mount Isa)
  • 2017 PAYCE Junior Encouragement Bursaries
  • • 2016 North Queensland Sportstar Awards – Townsville
    • 2016 NQSF/ANQ Student Games
    • PAYCE Junior Encouragement Bursaries
    • 2016 RACQ Insurance North Queensland Games – Cairns Region
  • • Glencore Great Western Games – Mount Isa and the Overlander Way
    • 2014 North Queensland Sportstar Awards – Hughenden

    • Burdekin/Bowen Sports Education Tour
    • Southern North Sports Education Tour
    • North West Sports Education Tour
    • Gulf Savannah Sports Education Tour
    • Cape Sports Education Tour

    • Cassowary Coast Sports Education Tour
    • Tablelands Sports Education Tour
    • Goldfields Sports Education Tour