Guest speaker Brendon Smith, encouragement award recipient Sam Foley, Lewis von Stieglitz (Warwick Credit Union), junior sport star Matt Denny (athletics) and Gerard Walsh (Daily News).
Guest speaker Brendon Smith, encouragement award recipient Sam Foley, Lewis von Stieglitz (Warwick Credit Union), junior sport star Matt Denny (athletics) and Gerard Walsh (Daily News). Deanna Millard

Junior Sports Stars to shine

HAVE fun and dream big was part of the message from world boxing title winner Les Sherrington at the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year awards on Monday night at the Condamine Sports Club.

Sherrington held a world title before losing it due to injury and has recently joined Toowoomba trainer Brendon Smith in his quest to regain the title on March 9 in Townsville.

"Don't think you're dreams are out of reach and don't give up, as soon as you do that, they are out of reach," Sherrington said.

At age 29, Sherrington has had a lot of positives in the past year, his wedding to wife Ashlee and a date in August when they are expecting their first baby.

As a schoolboy he was part of the North Queensland Cowboys Young Guns in rugby league before he had his first amateur fight at age 18.

Smith, the keynote speaker, is no stranger to Warwick, he was playing rugby league for Pittsworth against the Warwick Cowboys when he received a phone message through cousin Ted Tanna that his wife Kerri had gone in to labour before the birth of son Braydon who was with him on Monday night.

He reckons dual Toowoomba world titleholder Michael Katsidis will go down in history as one of the greats.

"I have a high regard for many Australian boxers down the years, we have had some great fighters. Michael is recognised worldwide, particularly in the United States and England for his efforts, but hasn't had too many fights in Australia.

"He is rated highly by many critics."

Smith said it was incredible to hear of the performances of the 11 monthly sports stars.

"Warwick has bred a lot of top sports stars, many of the monthly winners are destined to do well in the years to come," he said.

Smith tips overall winner Matt Denny to follow in the footsteps of Toowoomba Olympian Justin Anlezark in field events.

"The day Matt stops athletics, he is welcome to walk into a boxing ring," Smith said.

"We lack top heavyweights in Australia."


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