Gympie driver sets sights on mountain

Allen Boughen from Gympie in his V8 touring car heading to Bathurst.

Gympie driver takes on new challenge

Gympie hockey gun scores national championships win

CHAMPION: Annie Collins plays for Queensland at the Australian championships.

Annie Collins, 17, helps bring Queensland team victory

Gympie ladies master state hockey championships

VICTORY: Gympie's ladies masters hockey team celebrate their win.

Gympie women master state titles

Durko's footy tips this week

OUT: Josh McGuire of the Brisbane Broncos (left) trips over Josh Mansour of the Penrith Panthers. McGuire has been a force for the Broncos this season.

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Master class: Collins lifts his way to Nationals

A local has qualified for a spot at the Australian championships

RUNNING: Sunday’s Bendigo Bank International Mountain

Pomona King of the Mountain.Mark Bourne wins first place.

The 32-year-old is no stranger to taking on steep challenges

Best Gympie win yet for Murray family at Zinc 96.1 Race Day

WINNERS: Jockey Ian Coombes, Tiverton and trainer Bob Murray after the feature race at the Zinc 96.1 Race Day on Saturday July 23, 2016.

Wrap up of racing action from Gympie race day

Odd jobs on hold for sports feast

WELL it's almost that time again, when we sit google-eyed in front of the TV, soaking up as many hours as is humanly possible, absorbing the events in Rio.

Miller weighs up future after 'shock' Olympics omission

TOUGH PLAYER: Billy Miller in action at the Kawana Aquatic Centre.

Billy Miller weighs up his future in water polo.

Brothers keen to make a mark in judo competition

YOUNG GUN: Australian judo athlete Joshua Katz speaks to the media.

Joshua Katz will set age record.

Kookaburras must reach potential to win gold, says Dwyer

EXCITING TIMES: Jamie Dwyer will become Australia's oldest ever hockey Olympian at Rio.

Aussies seeking second gold in men's hockey.

Rio-bound trio farewelled in style

OFF TO RIO: Liam Schluter, Michael Sage and Chelsea Gubecka at Kawana Aquatic Centre just before departing to Rio De Janiero for the Olympic Games 2016.

Kawana trio farewelled at function.

Swimmers say sanctions won't make medals easier

STILL DIFFICULT: Matt Abood says the banning of top Russian sprinter won't make Australia's job in the pool any easier.

Aussie head coach keen to focus on job at hand.

Putin says Russian bans devalue Games

HITTING BACK: Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'No concrete, evidence-based accusations' made, says leader.

No place like home for Lions' Hammelmann

Matt Hammelmann is one of a growing list of Lions who don't have to worry about battling homesickness.

Billy's hoping to have a long stretch with the Demons

SON OF A GUN: Billy Stretch does what he does best ... run.

Wingman following in dad's footsteps.

No truth to talk of Burgess fire sale at Souths

WRECKING BALL: Tom Burgess on the charge for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

England international signed until the end of 2018.

Green protects Thurston from himself

HAMSTRING TWEAK: Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys may not play in the blockbuster against the Storm.

Star playmaker suffering hamstring problem.

NRL class of '16 shows game is in good hands

SCARY TALENT: Manly's Tom Trbojevic is a future superstar of the game.

Which NRL rookies are headed for superstardom?

Port won't throw in the towel

RUCK THREAT: Jackson Trengove of Port Adelaide evades North Melbourne defenders.

Port keen to keep season alive against Lions.

Day keeps his cool to remain in the hunt

STRIKING DISTANCE: Jason Day, of Australia, is three off the lead at the US PGA Championship.

World No.1 tied with fellow Aussies three shots off the lead.

Cadel still king of the road

CROWNING GLORY: Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, cycles down the Champs-Elysees during the victory parade after winning the Tour de France cycling race in 2011.

Aussie's Tour triumph among country's finest moments.

Aussies pooling resources for Rio success

OLYMPIC HOPE: Mitch Larkin of Australia smiles after his men's 50m backstroke heat at last year’s world championships in Kazan.

Larkin wants Australian swimming to return to its glory days.

Fire and ice drive Rio dream

BURNING AMBITION: Sharni Williams will lead the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby sevens skipper on quest for gold.

Jess to hit the ground running

TALENTED FAMILY: Jess Trengove claims bronze in the marathon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Brother inspires Olympic marathon runner.

Rose bloomed in Romania

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Central Coast Mariners star Josh Rose makes a tackle on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha earlier this year.

How Romania shaped the career of soccer star

In tune for retirement

CHAMPION: Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto in tune for retirement.

Big Mal is the man to quell any disharmony

EXPERIENCED CAMPAIGNER: Former Queensland State of Origin coach and player Mal Meninga answers a question after being announced as the new Kangaroos coach in December.

Talk of division in Kangaroos team pure bunkum.

Players might have to start using their heads

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lachie Henderson of the Cats is stretchered from the ground during the round 17 AFL match between Fremantle and Geelong at Domain Stadium.

Coaches and players have role to play to prevent concussion.

Blues got rub of the green from whistleblowers

UNDER PRESSURE: Matt Scott of the Maroons offloads the ball as he is tackled by Michael Jennings and Tyson Frizell during State of Origin game three.

NSW coach changed tune from games one to three.

Have to admit it ... Blues skipper deserves respect

LAST GAME: NSW  Origin captain Paul Gallen   during the captain's run at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Tony Durkin shares his views on retiring NSW skipper.

Battling Lions have right to feel aggrieved

CONFIDENCE DOWN: Lions players are dejected as the leave the field following the Round 16 AFL match against the Gold Coast Suns.

Dark clouds hovering over club.

Dog sets a cat among the pigeons

CAVORTING WITH ENEMY: Lin Jong of the Bulldogs runs with the ball.

Player's tour of rival facilities sets tongues wagging.

Emerald Cowgirls star Kailah Rogers in it for love

The Cowgirls celebrate their 16-12 win over the Blackwater Crushettes earlier this season.

The love of the game drives her passion

Top eight and minor title in the balance

IN DOUBT: Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston could miss his side's clash with the Storm.

Weekend's clashes could shake up NRL ladder.

Plenty of doors opening for Hayne

FUTURE UNDECIDED: Former NRL superstar Jarryd Hayne speaks to the media.

Manager says he's had talks with franchises in several codes.

Warriors finally bring back Lolohea

DANGER MAN: Tuimoala Lolohea of the Warriors will start at full back this weekend.

Panthers preparing to travel to face New Zealand.

Broncos must soon start their charge to the finals

FALLING FLAT: Josh McGuire of the Brisbane Broncos is suspended for tonight's clash with the Roosters.

Team three points adrift of a vital top-four berth.

Durko’s Dissections for round 21

GONE MISSING: Anthony Milford of the Brisbane Broncos has been out of sorts in recent weeks.

Tony Durkin takes a look at this weekend's NRL match-ups.

Hardwick sorry about criticism of Martin

BROWNLOW CHANCE: Dustin Martin of the Tigers in action.

Coach scorned star's Brownlow chances.

Pavlich's 350th just what the Dockers ordered

GREAT SERVANT: Matthew Pavlich of the Dockers will play his 350th game this weekend.

Swans wary of 16th-placed Fremantle.

Returning Cats give coach a selection headache

BACK ON DECK: Zac Smith of the Cats should be available for selection for the clash with the Bulldogs.

Embarrassment of riches for Geelong.

Cahill reportedly considering $4m Melbourne City move

IN DEMAND: Australia's Tim Cahill celebrates after scoring a goal against Jordan in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in March.

FFA boss has met with Socceroos striker's management.

Portugal overcomes loss of Ronaldo to claim Euro crown

ON TARGET: Eder celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final against France at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Country claims first European Championship.

Portugal win Euro Cup despite Ronaldo heartbreak

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, bottom, celebrates with team mates winning the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, Sunday, July 10, 2016.

So the one-man team become European champions

VIDEO: Iceland's stunning welcome for national heroes

Football team celebrates with fans.

TO vikings, this was a time to honour victory, not to mourn defeat.

Griezmann double confirms status as new French hero

FRENCH HERO: France's Antoine Griezmann applauds fans at the end of the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany in Marseille.

France downs Germany to book spot in final.

Man Utd set to sign Pogba for record $176m

IN DEMAND: Paul Pogba of France in action during the Euro 2016 quarter-final match against Iceland.

French international will earn more than $500,000 a week.

Starc back and keen to boost Test record

DANGER MAN: Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates a wicket.

Left-arm quick to get another chance to impress in the Test arena.

Warner expected to be fit to face Sri Lanka

FAMOUS FACE: Australian cricketer David Warner faces a delivery by former Sri Lankan spinner Muttaiah Muralitharan during a practice session in Colombo.

Australia to face Sri Lanka starting on Tuesday.

Lyon not concerned by lack of wickets in Test warm-up

BARREN SPELL: Australian bowler Nathan Lyon took just two wickets in two innings against a Sri Lankan Board XI.

Spinner approaching opening Test against Sri Lanka with confidence.

O’Keefe puts his hand up for Test selection

GOOD FORM: Stephen O’Keefe took five wickets in the first innings of Australia’s tour match in Sri Lanka.

Tourists could take a twin-spin attack in the first Test.

Murali, Law give Aussies an inside edge over Sri Lanka

SPIN MAESTRO: Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan appeals for a wicket in a 2010 ODI clash against Australia.

Duo gives insight ahead of Australia's tour of island nation.

Heat secure world No.1 Badree for BBL

KEY SIGNING: West Indian Samuel Badree has recommitted to the Brisbane Heat.

West Indian joins McCullum as international signings.

Geitz focused on grand final, not what future may hold

When Queensland captain Laura Geitz thanks her supporters from all over the state, she does so with plenty of emotion.

Firebirds recover from jitters to make grand final

SUPER INTENSE: The pressure got to the Firebirds Romelda Aiken, but she recovered to get the Queenslanders into next week’s final.

The Firebirds are the first team through to next Sunday’s final

‘White-line fever’ gives Aiken the edge

HARD TO HANDLE: Queensland Firebirds goal-shooter Romelda Aiken lines up a shot.

Firebirds shooting for another grand final.

Firebird standing tall among illustrious teammates

TOUGH DEFENCE: Queensland Firebirds player Gabi Simpson (right) and Melbourne Vixens player Madi Robinson in action during the 2014 grand final.

Queensland side to face Steel in semi.

Tippett faces her Origin in Firebirds final

MY BALL! Gretel Tippett of the Firebirds and Sharni Layton fight for the ball.

Firebirds tackle Swifts in fierce conference final in Brisbane

What Gympie needs to do to secure the big sport events

The U18 girls' touch football final in Hervey Bay on Saturday as part of the State Cup which will bring in more than $40 million to the Hervey Bay economy over the next five years.

Why can't Gympie get the Junior State Cup and other big events

Swifts down Vixens to earn Firebirds final

EYE FOR GOAL: Susan Pettitt of the Swifts shoots as Leana De Bruin of the Magic defends.

Reigning champions await Sydneysiders.

Bletchingly a springboard for big races

The final Group race of the season, tomorrow's Bletchingly Stakes, is often considered a good pointer for the upcoming spring racing carnival.

Gympie rider misses out on glory by three seconds

Leigh Ann Sample of Brookleigh Stud, Kenilworth, with her sons Matt and Zac, her strapper Rod Field, and her horse Brookleigh Bailey after winning the 120km event at Imbil at the weekend.

Imbil rider 3 seconds from glory in national endurance title

Poetic justice for 'Henry' Lawson's 100 to 1 chance

BREAKING THROUGH: Wayne Lawsone-trained Nautile ridden by Alan Chau makes his move from the rails to claim back to back Maclean Cups by a neck over a fast finishing Con Karkatsanis-trained Bells of War on the 2016 Maclean Cup Day.

MACLEAN CUP: "This might be my last winner."

Kilkivan rider second in 80km endurance championship

ENDURING ENTHUSIASM: Fiona Fenech from Lower Wonga, in the Kilkivan district, placed second in the 80km event of the endurance championships.
Photo: contributed

Long-term Kilkivan district horse rider takes silver over the 80km.

Imbil now home to purpose-built endurance centre

BIG PLANS: This weekend’s internationally accredited endurance horse ride in the Imbil-Kenilworth forest is just a sample of the future, says Matthew Sample.

This weekend the centre will be home to more 100 endurance riders.

Harness racing will feature in GTC meet

FEATURE: Harness racing will return to the Gympie Turf Club later this month.

Harness racing will feature in GTC meet

Questions raised about Eagle Farm track

The new track at Eagle Farm has come under fire.

Track comes under fire at Eagle Farm.

Day intent on winning, not defending

World No.1 Jason Day has been careful not to utter the words "back to back”, but is feeling confident ahead of his US PGA Championship defence.

Day upbeat about defending US PGA title

CONFIDENCE BOOST: Jason Day, of Australia, watches a tee shot at the Canadian Open golf tournament in Oakville, Ontario.

World No.1 desperate to secure a second major.

He is a corker of a golfer that 10-year-old Declan

UP AND COMER: Ten-year-old Declan Corke has made it into the state golf team.

Golfer, 10, qualifies for nationals in Murray Bridge

Scott coming home to compete for Australian titles

MASTERS WINNER: Adam Scott, from Australia, in action on the USPGA Tour.

World No.8 to compete at Gold Coast and Sydney.