Western Downs regional heroes win awards

WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Weightlifting coach Sonia Stenhouse will receive the Miles and District Sports Administrator/Coach/Official Award.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Weightlifting coach Sonia Stenhouse will receive the Miles and District Sports Administrator/Coach/Official Award. Jessica Schremmer

MANY talented and dedicated residents of the Western Downs will be celebrated, winning the 2018 Australia Day Awards next Friday.

Chinchilla and District Junior Cultural Award winner Kristyl Hamlyn said she felt honoured to receive the award.

"I am so excited, I didn't expect winning the award,” Kristyl said.

"I play in the Chinchilla Concert Band, and did some volunteering in the community and play sports for the region.”

Kristyl has been playing the flute for five years and competed in the Junior Development Series State Tennis Finals in Rockhampton representing the Western Downs last year.

Kristyl told Chinchilla News she would most likely be moving to Wandoan this year but will still represent her region.

Krystl Hamlyn will receive the Chinchilla and District Junior Cultural Award.
Krystl Hamlyn will receive the Chinchilla and District Junior Cultural Award.

Miles and District Sports Administrator/Coach/ Official Award winner Sonia Stenhouse said to be awarded was a nice surprise and it was great to be acknowledged.

"I believe some of the mums from the weightlifting kids nominated me,” Ms Stenhouse said.

Ms Stenhouse coaches children and adults at the Saints Weightlifting Club in Miles and will compete in the State Titles this year.

"I didn't expect to win the award. I just always assume that there is lots of other people in the region, who are doing great things too, putting in a lot of work, so I didn't expect it.

"It is very satisfying to do the job that I am doing and that is why we do it.

"To see how much fun the kids have and how much the adults enjoy it, it is a really good thing to be part of and it is great to see how far the kids have come.”

Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said he was honoured to announce the local winners of the 2018 Australia Day Awards for the Western Downs, whose outstanding achievements and contributions would be celebrated at special ceremonies held across the region on Friday, January 26.

"For our communities, Australia Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and recognise the people that have gone above and beyond,” he said.


Citizen of the Year Award:

Chinchilla and District: Jesse McLennan; Jandowae and District: Lenore McLaren; Miles and District: Mitchell Goodchild; Tara and District: Marie-Louise Thornbury; Wandoan and District: Margarette Sinnamon

Young Citizen of the Year Award:

Chinchilla and District: Isaac Forrest; Jandowae and District: Jeremy Liebert; Tara and District: Juan Ashwell

Junior Cultural Award:

Chinchilla and District: Kristyl Hamlyn; Miles and District: Emma Bidgood

Senior Cultural Award:

Jandowae and District: Nancy Evans; Miles and District: Sally Presnell; Wandoan and District: Eileen Parker

Junior Sports Award:

Chinchilla and District: Alisha Griffins; Jandowae and District: Joe Tones; Miles and District: Kylie Salisbury; Tara and District: Georgia Clay; Wandoan and District: Kasey Davies

Senior Sports Award:

Jandowae and District: Danny Wassell; Miles and District: Aaron Mullins; Tara and District: Lachlan Steinohrt; Wandoan and District: David Worsfold

Sports Administrator / Coach / Official Award:

Chinchilla and District: Ian Purnell; Jandowae and District: Karel Brownhall; Miles and District: Sonia Stenhouse; Tara and District: Paul Gunnis

Community Project / Event of the Year Award:

Chinchilla and District: Chinchilla State School P&C Chinchilla Trail Ride; Jandowae and District: Bell Bunya Trail Bike Ride; Miles and District: Miles Casey Orchard Memorial Trail Ride; Tara and District: Tara Festival of Culture and Camel Races; Wandoan and District: Guluguba State School Centenary

Certificate of Achievement Dux Awards:

Chinchilla and District: Isabelle Jurss, Chinchilla State High School; Miles and District: Brittany Gorry, Miles State High School; Tara and District: Bree Coleman, Tara Shire State College

Topics:  australia day australia day awards kristyl hamlyn local heroes paul mcveigh sonia stenhouse wdrc western downs

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