PFA award for Mitch

Softballers Lyam McKay and Sam Daff are thrilled to have been selected in the under-19 Australian development squad.
Softballers Lyam McKay and Sam Daff are thrilled to have been selected in the under-19 Australian development squad. MAX FLEET

YOUNG Bundaberg sports stars excelled to the highest level across many sports in 2010 but Mitchell Langerak shone brightest.

The sky is the limit for the former Across The Waves goalkeeper after he received the PFA Harry Kewell Medal for Australia’s best under-23 player at the Football Australia Awards in October.

Langerak helped Melbourne Victory to the A-League grand final before joining German powerhouses Borussia Dortmund.

The grand final also provided a proud moment for Football Bundaberg as the other ’keeper in the match, Sydney FC’s Clint Bolton, who notched his third NSL/A-League premiership, is also a local product.

Still in football, Bundaberg’s Josh Brillante made his A-League debut for Gold Coast United at the age of 17 earlier this month.

Twenty-one-year-old Tom Edgar continued to stand tall for Volleyball Team Australia, taking his number of caps to 33 and being an integral part of the team which placed fifth in the Asian Cup in Iran and also competed well at the World Championships in Italy.

Australian netball under-21 squad member and shooting star Amelia Wells took another giant step in her career when she was named in the Queensland Firebirds squad for the 2011 season.

The multi-talented Sam Daff could also be destined for greatness in softball after captaining the Australia under-19 team to success in a Test series against New Zealand.

Lyam McKay also represented Australia with distinction in the series.

Joel Latham could follow in the footsteps of Bundaberg’s former Australian men’s hockey star Troy Elder after again excelling for the Australian under-16 boys team on their tour of Hong Kong and China in June.

Another dynamic all-rounder Taryn Gollshewsky added to her long list of Australian discus titles and also mixed it with the best at the World Junior Athletics Championships in Canada.

Although the 17-year-old threw below her best there, the Womensport Queensland Rising Star award for athletics recipient has her sights set on the next junior world titles in 2012.

Rheed McCracken again swept all before him in track and field AWD (Athletes With a Disability) events including Australian and Queensland titles, and he appears on track to achieve his Paralympic dreams.

Bundaberg had an impressive list of Queensland junior champions and state representatives, but one who deserves special mention is Rebecca Greiner, who achieved national gold medals in hockey and track and field, and minor medals in cross-country.

Kyle Rethamel finished the year by becoming Bundaberg’s first state junior swimming champion for several years, and he also is a dynamo in surf life saving.

Riley McGregor, who won a few national surf life saving championships during his junior career, is another who deserves mention after he again signalled that he could be the next big thing in ironman with his brilliant victory in the under-19 division of the Junior Coolangatta Gold.

Watch out for river work if you are on the Burnett

Excavations at the Strathdees Road boat ramp.

Boaties warned to keep an eye out

Firefighters battling fire at Goodwood Rd

Smoke may affect Goodwood residents.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

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Watch out for river work if you are on the Burnett

BOATIES using the reaches of the Burnett River near Strathdee's boat ramp may notice a barge undertaking work

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Leonardo DiCaprio nearly drowned while filming

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio

Oscar winner almost drowned in Galapagos

Miranda Kerr to wed next year

Supermodel Miranda Kerr

Supermodel and Snapchat founder to wed

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Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

TWO big reality shows wrap up this week while

Brad Pitt won't file legal response to divorce petition

Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track