Thursday, October 26, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Celebrating Our Sporting Achievements


There is always excitement around celebrating our sporting achievements and on November 4 we will do just that.

The MM Electrical NQ Sportstar Awards is being held at the MECC to determine the best North Queensland has to offer, with 129 finalists across 11 categories. Mackay is well represented, with 28 finalists in the following categories: Service to North Queensland Sport, Masters Sportstar, Athlete with Disability, Senior Sportstar, Junior Sportstar, Senior Team of the Year, Junior Team of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

The NQ Sportstar awards started in 1991 and has grown in popularity over its 32-year history, with the winners for Junior, Senior and Athlete with a Disability being nominated for the QSport Awards to be held in Brisbane later in November, with the possibility of progressing to the National Awards.

Senior category winners Wayne Mawer of Cairns (1997, World Champion Water Skier) and Ashleigh Stebbeings of Mackay (2009, World Champion Barefoot Water Skier) went on to win both State and National Awards. Kristen Wadley won the Junior State Award in 2016, David Nicholas won the Athlete with a Disability Award in 2017 and Chelseann Osborne won the Athlete with a Disability Award in 2019.

This year marks 40 years since the formation of the North Queensland Sports Foundation (NQSF) and to celebrate the milestone a Gala event has been planned with memorabilia and a presentation from past NQ Games and other events.

A highlight of the evening will be guest speaker Brooke Hanson OLY OAM. As an Olympic gold and silver medallist, she empowers people to live a purpose-driven life, motivating individuals and inspiring organisations to achieve greatness. Brooke will share how to embrace what’s important through passion, purpose, love, leadership and finding internal strength to persevere in the face of your biggest challenges.

To our local sponsors – I appreciate your support to ensure the success of the event.

I would like to invite you to attend this one-off event to show support to our sporting heroes from across North Queensland. Tickets are available online at the MECC box office.

Cr Laurence Bonaventura

Mackay Regional Council

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