Award goes to javelin thrower

Javelin champion Liam O'Brien is the latest monthly winner of the Sport Star of the Year.
Javelin champion Liam O'Brien is the latest monthly winner of the Sport Star of the Year.

Liam O'Brien is the fourth finalist in the Sportsman's Association's Sports Star of the Year award.

The Australian champion javelin thrower is the October monthly winner in the 2011-12 awards.

He follows ten-pin bowler Stephen O'May, hockey player Patrick Barnes and futsal player Ella Flack. 

The 15-year-old won the October award for outstanding results in javelin at the 2011 Australian Junior Athletics Championships, the Queensland State Schools and the Australian All Schools competition.

O'Brien won the gold medal at the Australian championship and is the Australian champion.

His best throw for the year was a massive 59.89m. His coach Keith Brown said O'Brien worked hard to get where he is in the sport.

"These results have only occurred because of his dedication to training and application," Brown said.

O'Brien takes home a $100 McDonald's gift voucher and Cooloola Fitness Centre vouchers for his monthly win and will line up against 12 other young sport stars for a share of more than $3000 in prizes and trophies in July.

The Gympie Times has teamed up with the Sportsman's Association and generous sponsors Apex, Zinc FM, McDonald's, Nestle, Cooloola Fitness Centre and Charlies to run the annual competition.

There are three major prizes to win in the Sports Star of the Year award.

The overall winner takes home $1000 plus a trophy.

The Junior Sports Star of the Year award winner gets $500 and a trophy.

The All Rounder receives $300, a trophy and 12 months gym membership at the Cooloola Fitness Centre.

One lucky athlete could win all three and take home more than $1800 in prizes.

Voting for the winners will be carried out in The Gympie Times newspaper and online.

The readers' vote will make up 50% of the count and a selection panel made up of the Gympie Sportsman's Association will vote for the remainder.

If you know a local sport star, then nominate them for the award and put them in the running to win their share of some great prizes.

Nomination forms are in The Gympie Times or you can email your nomination to Craig Warhurst at

Include in the email the sports person's name and a list of their achievements, along with a contact phone number for them.

Topics:  javelin

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