Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Sit Down With Sam

Hi readers

This week’s issue is absolutely packed with sport, although some stories are, unfortunately, more triumphant than others.

Firstly, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the BMD Premiership Cutters smash their way through their inaugural season in the women’s competition, finishing third on the ladder with five wins and two losses. Their campaign came to an end last weekend, devastatingly close to a grand final appearance, when they went down in a closely fought semi-final in Brisbane – read the recap on page 26. It’s been a huge effort for their first season, one they should all be proud of. With many of the Cutters lining up for the North Queensland Cowboys in their first NRLW season later in the year, I’m excited to see what comes.

It was lovely to chat with Jane Deguara who competed at the Queensland State Masters Championship Regatta with three of her fellow Mackay Rowing Club members. It’s so good to see our local and comparatively smaller clubs succeed on the state stage, and I can’t wait to see what they achieve at Nationals in June. Read that story on page 10.

We caught up with 16-year-old Zac Uhr who is making waves in the wheelchair basketball scene after being elevated to the Australian Under 23 Spinners Program under the guidance of five-time Paralympian and former Rollers captain Brad Ness. Read his story on page 6.

Mackay Athletics and Cycling clubs had big weekends recently, and you can catch all the action on page 24.

On a personal note, I’ve had a successful week in sport with big wins at both netball and tennis, so watch out for a purple patch of form from me.

In other news