Martin Brodrick Memorial 2017 Warwick Player of the Year Ross Newton with Lee Bodimeade.
Martin Brodrick Memorial 2017 Warwick Player of the Year Ross Newton with Lee Bodimeade. Contributed

Sports star guest speaker could have made it in two sports

SPORTS VIEW with Gerard Walsh

THE 25th annual Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year dinner is on Monday night and the Warwick sporting community will have the chance to listen to one of the town's greatest sporting products, Lee Bodimeade.

He was the first of two hockey Olympians from the town and the first from the area to win an Olympic medal, silver in Barcelona.

Bodimeade scored the first goal of the Olympic hockey tournament and also scored in the semi final, a win that gave the Kookaburras a crack at gold.

He has been a successful coach for the Queensland Scorchers women and took the United States women to two Olympic Games.

What is less known about Bodimeade is his ability as a cricketer.

He doesn't get too serious in his appearances for Doc's XI in the Australia Day Cricket Carnival but is all class.

If he chose cricket instead of hockey, he would most certainly played Brisbane A-grade cricket and perhaps going on to higher levels.

But there is something special about playing in the Olympics and winning a medal.

Those attending Monday night's dinner are asked to purchase tickets as soon as possible this week at the Daily News front counter or phone 46601355.

Paying the price

IT was great in one way to see a cricketer pay the price for bad behaviour.

South African paceman Kagiso Rabada has been outed for two matches and lost 65 per cent of his match payment after two incidents in the Second Test in which he took 11 wickets against Australia.

It is a bit disappointing that the Australian batsmen won't have to find a way to master Rabada in the next two Tests now he is suspended.

Linda home

FORMER star Warwick swimmer and triathlete Linda Davis is carrying the Queen's Baton in Townsville on the way to the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

Better still, she will be in Warwick to watch her father John Davis carry the baton in her home town.

In 2014, she won the Townsville Senior Sports Person of the Year on Australia Day after competing in world championships in outrigging, whitewater rafting and adventure racing.

The Queen's Baton will be in Warwick on the morning of March 29 and it will be a great chance for residents from the whole Southern Downs and Border region to be a part of history.

Allora pair Laura Geitz and Matthew Denny will be baton bearers, Geitz in Warwick and Denny in Toowoomba.


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