World champion Michael Katsidis with Brendon Smith who is guest speaker at the junior sports awards in Warwick next week.
World champion Michael Katsidis with Brendon Smith who is guest speaker at the junior sports awards in Warwick next week. Kevin Farmer

Top trainer speaks out

BRENDON Smith knows all about sports dinners - many of his boxers down the years have won awards through Sport Darling Downs.

The Toowoomba boxing trainer has a different role at the Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year awards - he will be the guest speaker.

And Smith will have plenty of stories as he has spent the best part of a decade travelling the world as trainer for Toowoomba boxer Michael Katsidis who won world titles in two divisions.

Smith was also in the corner for South African-born boxer November Ntshingila who won a world title.

Since returning full-time to Toowoomba last year, Smith has set up the highly popular Smithy's Gym in Anzac Ave.

He is the new trainer for Gold Coast boxer Les Sherrington who has a world title fight in Townsville on March 9.

Last month, Smith travelled to Warwick to meet with the Chris Fox-trained boxer Kyle Teer who will fight Will Young on Smithy's Fight Night at Rumours International in a much-anticipated bout scheduled for March 3.

Smith will be interviewed on the night and will also answer questions from the audience at the Condamine Sports Club.

He is hoping to bring Sherrington with him to Warwick for the dinner on Monday night.

 

Monthly winners

Matthew Denny

Mark Steketee

Talitha Doro

Jason Anderson

Jesse Simon

Declan Starasts

Harriet Hudson

Selena Madsen

Sarah Ogden

Sam Foley

Bronte Collins

 

The Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Junior Sports Star of the Year will receive $500 from the Warwick Credit Union and a trophy

The Doc Bodimeade Memorial Encouragement Award winner will receive $250 from the Condamine Sports Club and a trophy

Trophies will be presented to each monthly winner.

Tickets are for sale for $24 (cash only) at the Daily News front counter where additional table bookings can be made. Tables have been reserved for monthly winners.


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