Sport stars named tonight



? THERE is no questioning the depth of sporting talent in Central Queensland when it comes to The Morning Bulletin Sports Star of the Year Awards.

At Rockhampton's Frenchville Sports Club tonight, 24 outstanding athletes will be presented after excelling in their chosen sports during the 2005 sporting year.

A feature of this year's awards is that there are 24 new faces compared to the monthly winners at the last awards dinner.

That means there will be two new junior and senior sport stars of the year.

The Morning Bulletin/CHR Senior Sports Star of the Year will win $3600 while The Morning Bulletin/Frenchville Sports Club Junior Sports Star of the Year will collect $3000 for their achievements.

An Ergon Energy Encouragement Award, valued at $1000, will also be presented along with the Queensland Sporting Wheelies disabled athlete of the year for the region.

Seven Rockhampton and the Stanwell Corporation are again also supporting this year's awards.

Australian Institute of Sport cyclist Lorian Graham, formerly of Rockhampton, is this year's special guest speaker with Rockhampton's Wayne Clifford hosting the night.

The Morning Bulletin sports editor Rachael Borich said she was constantly amazed each year at the depth, and quality, of sporting talent the region had to offer.

"There are also so many high achievers out there who were unlucky not to join the final nominees,'' Borich said.

Who will win the top prizes for the 2005 sporting year?

Here are the final list of nominees:

(Junior) ? Emily McMaster (soccer), Jeremy Hogg (cycling), Philippa Hindmarsh (cycling), Kristie Mahon (athletics), Lara Napier (trampoline/basketball), Riley Glazebrook (trampoline), David Taylor (rugby league), Cory Jacobs (tennis), Brian McLeod (athletics), Matt Gohdes (hockey), Todd Russell (surf lifesaving), Jamie Keehn (athletics); (Senior) ? Matt Postle (bull riding), Grant Irwin (cycling), Jeff Ohl (speedway), Kirstie Fossett (equestrian), Tyron Haynes (rugby league), Grant Tidbury (triathlon), Gavin Shuker (touch football), David Cundy (athletics), Lee Tunny (hockey), Peter Reaburn (ironman), Stuart Frame (bull riding), Kevin Connolly (bull riding).



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