Region's elite in awards spotlight

PREVIOUS City of Ipswich sportstars of the year have endured different paths to success.

Apart from the sacrifices they have made, they shared another common link.

Past Ipswich winners like Ali Brigginshaw, Jordyn Holzberger, Ashleigh Barty, Larissa Chambers, Leah Neale and Jarrod Harvey have all been international achievers.

The Queensland Times has long recognised and supported the Ipswich region's leading sports men and women and promising juniors.

That's why the QT is proud to be a major backer of the new series of senior and junior awards.

The QT has joined with Ipswich City Council to help lift the 2015/16 City of Ipswich Sports Awards to a new level.

Leading achievers can be nominated for the QT Senior Sportstar and QT Junior Sportstar of the Year awards.

The new series of award winners for 2015/16 has started.

The awards function for the previous 2014/15 winners is planned for October 31 at the North Ipswich Reserve Corporate Centre.

Ipswich councillor David Morrison has been a strong supporter of the annual Ipswich awards, where monthly winners are regularly selected from bursary submissions.

"Ipswich has a very proud sporting history,'' Cr Morrison said. "The annual City of Ipswich Sports Awards acknowledge those who have excelled in various sports over the 12 months.

"Council's role is much more than offering some financial assistance. It is to recognise and celebrate together the achieve- ments of so many dedicated and disciplined Ipswich residents.''

Council's chairman of Parks, Sport and Recreation welcomed the QT's involvement.

"The QT is the iconic Ipswich newspaper and has always given valuable exposure to all sport within Ipswich City,'' he said.

"I appreciate the coverage the QT gives to individuals who have excelled within their chosen sport.

"I was very happy when the QT agreed to be Council's major partner for the awards.''

Brigginshaw, the 2012 Sportsperson of the Year, summed up how much it meant to win the city's premier sporting award.

"It gives me more motivation to help Ipswich sport,'' the Australian rugby league representative.

That's why Council's bursaries are so important. Apart from bringing the best talent into the city's awards, the bursaries assist athletes who represent Queensland and Australia.

Cr Morrison shares the pride of so many residents in seeing our dedicated sportspeople gain a helping hand and recognition.

"When I pass sporting fields within Ipswich City on the way home some nights and witness hundreds of young and not so young people training in top class facilities, I am very happy I am part of a Council that appreciates the benefits of sport in our city,'' he said.

"When I hear of any Ipswich resident selected to represent this great country of Australia I am very proud of their achievements and thankful Ipswich Council could be a part of their journey.

"I would encourage all Ipswich sporting governing bodies to look at the various categories in the 2015/16 City of Ipswich Sport Awards and nominate those within their code who are worthy of nomination.''


How to nominate

Ensure your club's best achievers are eligible for the 2015/16 City of Ipswich Sports Awards by applying for an Ipswich City Council bursary.

Council offers Sport Excellence Bursaries up to $300 to junior and senior Ipswich residents who represent Queensland or Australia at an amateur sporting event.

Applying is easy through the online application form available on Council's website. Visit www.ipswich. grants_sponsorships/ sporting

People awarded a Sport Excellence Bursary will automatically go in the running to receive a monthly Ipswich Sports Award.

Award criteria includes selection/competition, team or individual performance, and commitment (perfor- mance and volunteering).

Winners of monthly sports award will receive $400 to support their sporting goals.