The JCU Townsville Fire will vie for one of the state’s top honours after being named as a Team of the Year finalist at the up-coming Queensland Sport Awards.
Earlier this year, the Fire created history when they became the first Queensland team to clinch the Wattle Valley WNBL title after triumphing over Bendigo – the two-time defending champions – in front of a sell-out crowd in Townsville.
The 21st annual Queensland Sport Awards Presentation will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on Monday, November 30 and the Fire will be in the running for three awards after head coach Chris Lucas was named as finalist in the Coach of the Year category, while General Manager Richard Goodbody was named as a finalist in the Administrator of the Year category.
Established in 1995, the Awards are co-ordinated by QSport – the peak body for sport in Queensland – and recognise the outstanding achievements of Queenslanders in the sporting industry on an annual basis.
In addition to the 11 Sport Award category winners, four outstanding Queensland sporting identities will be inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame and one of its Athlete Members already inducted will be elevated to Legend status as the 15th Legend of Queensland Sport.
“It’s an outstanding achievement by the JCU Townsville Fire to be nominated in three of the 11 categories,” Goodbody said.
“The success the Fire enjoyed during the 2014/15 WNBL season – on and off the floor – is unparalleled for the club and set a new benchmark for the league.
“Not only did the Fire become the first Queensland-based team to win the WNBL, but we were also ranked number one for television audiences, attendances and membership.
“Chris Lucas has long been regarded as one of the nation’s pre-eminent basketball coaches and it’s great that he has been individually acknowledged – along with the team – via the QSport nominations.”
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