OPINION: Your chance to reward a sports hero

EVERY person who grew up playing sport on a Saturday morning has a person who they fondly remember as part of that great time in their life.

It may have been a coach, it may be just one of the other kid's parents who helped out as a manager or maybe the woman in the canteen that was there come rain, hail or shine.

Having played rugby union and league for more than 27 years I have many special sporting heroes who I'd love to go back and shake hands with again today.

It's great to see that the QT has launched a competition that will recognise and reward some of those who have dedicated their lives to promoting the sport they love.

Deputy Editor Andrew Korner told me about a soccer club volunteer who helped him tie up his boot laces when he first rolled up to play as a nervous seven year old.

That person was still around the club until very recently, encouraging the new whipper snappers who have come along to play.

We are inviting you to recognise these unsung heroes and through the help of Bundaberg Rum we are going to reward them and the person who nominated them.

The same is happening at all of our APN newspapers from Coffs Harbour to Mackay and all of our individual winners will then be judged for an overall winner's prize.

The greatest legend from across Queensland will win a concert experience, including flights and accommodation, to the value of $3000.

To nominate, go to qt.com.au/locallegends and tell us why your nominee for contribution to local sport is a deadset legend.

If that's too difficult, email us at: qt@qt.com.au or write to PO BOX 260, Ipswich, Q, 4305.



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