2014 Development Awards

  • Kelly Warren-Athletics

    Kelly, 15, competes in the T44 classification and continues to improve her personal best at each competition. She won the 100m and 200m events at the state titles, and won the 200m gold at the nationals and silver in the 100m. A state record holder, she has her sights set on breaking national records and competing for Australia...
  • Noah Robinson-Swimming

    Noah, 11, began swimming competitively after his coach noticed his potential during his surf lifesaving training. Since then, Noah has competed successfully in both multi-class events for swimmers with a disability and in able-bodied competition, despite being born without his right hand and wrist. He made the State Primary School Swimming team and qualified for two able-bodied state...
  • Brendan Young-Goalball

    Brendan, 16, began playing goalball after being inspired by a visit to his school by national goalball representative Ben MacFie, and was invited to a trial session. Since taking up the sport, the Grandchester athlete has competed at the state championships and played for Queensland at the goalball national championships in 2013. Brendan is competing at the 2014...
  • Debra McGarry-Lawn Bowls

    Debra, 57, has always had an interest in lawn bowls through her mother, but only took it up seriously after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a motor vehicle accident. Debra competes in singles, pairs, triples and fours competition and has won medals at state and national level including two silver medals in singles and pairs at the...
  • Georgia Bishop-Cash – Wheelchair Basketball

    Since taking up wheelchair basketball in 2010, Georgia, 13, has been a member of both the state junior team (the Rolling Thunder) and the state women’s team (the MineCraft Comets). Georgia, from Greenslopes, won her first national gold medal with the Rolling Thunder at the 2014 Kevin Coombs Cup. Georgia’s goal is to progress through the representative ranks...
  • Josh Nicholson – Wheelchair Basketball/Wheelchair Rugb

    Josh, 19, was a member of the gold medal-winning Queensland junior wheelchair basketball team, the Rolling Thunder, at the 2014 Kevin Coombes Cup and rates it as his greatest sporting achievement. Josh, from Slade Point (Mackay) was named in the All Star 5 at the 2014 Wheelchair Basketball State Championships (The Classics), where he competed as a member...
  • Matthew Stark-Swimming

    Matthew, 14, is from Eatons Hill and has been swimming competitively since he was 10. Born prematurely with cerebral palsy, he is already breaking national age records set by Paralympians such as Matthew Cowdrey and consistently improves his personal best times through hard training and commitment. He has his eyes set on representing Australia at the Tokyo 2020...
  • Robert Christie_Paralympic Football

    Robert, 18, is from Karana Downs and has been playing for the Queensland Paralympic football team since 2009. He was recently named in the state team for the 2014 National Paralympic 7-a-side Football Championships. His goal is to play again for the national team, the Pararoos, having last represented Australia in 2012 – his greatest sporting achievement. Robert,...


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