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SDRC Hosts Second Sport & Recreation Forum

Members of sport and recreation groups across the region are invited to Southern Downs Regional Council’s second Sport and Recreation Forum on November 16, 2017 at the Warwick Town Hall.

The forum will focus on ‘Running and Funding your Sport and Recreation Event within the Southern Downs’ and aims to encourage sport and recreation groups to work together and collaboratively with Council to achieve a shared vision of Sport and Rec on the Southern Downs.

The forum’s key note speaker is Carlee Beattie, an Australian Paralympian, who will share her knowledge and success in the sporting arena.

Carlee grew up in Warwick and has achieved great success both in Australia and overseas.

Southern Downs Portfolio Councillor for Events, Sport and Recreation, Yve Stocks said Council was excited to be hosting a second forum after the success of the first forum in May.

“Along with our guest speaker, the forum will include panel members from the Warwick Drags, Leyburn Sprints, Killarney Bonfire, Stanthorpe Sports Association and Sport & Recreation Services, South West Region who have all been successful in running and funding various sporting and recreation events within the region,” said Cr Stocks.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear first-hand how these organisations have succeeded in the past and continue to run active, financial organisations.

“Sport and recreation organisations and spaces play a major role in building, supporting and sustaining vibrant and healthy communities in our region.

“Information gathered at these forums will help form Council’s Action Plan which will sit under the Sport & Recreation Strategy, which ultimately aims to meet the needs of the communities in the Southern Downs now and in the future.

“Consequently, Council is encouraging all event, sport and recreation groups to come along and play an active part in this forum,” she said.

Date:               Thursday, 16 November 2017

Time:              12.30pm to 4:30pm (sandwiches provided)

Venue:            Warwick Town Hall, Palmerin Street, Warwick

Panel:             Warwick Drags, Leyburn Sprints, Killarney Bonfire, Stanthorpe Sports Assn & Sport & Recreation Services, South West Region

Facilitator:     Mayor Tracy Dobie

To RSVP or for further information about this event, contact Council’s Sport and Recreation Officer, Ms Sue Organ, on 1300 MY SDRC (1300 697 372) or email

Guest Speaker

Carlee Beattie

Australian Paralympian

 Carlee Beattie


Carlee Beattie is a star in the long jump pit. Although she was born without a fully formed arm, her long and slender frame meant she was ideal for a career in sport.

Whilst growing up in Warwick, Carlee first found success in hockey and netball, and was named the most valuable player at the 2000 Netball Queensland State Titles. Upon moving to Brisbane to attend University, Carlee was approached by an athletics coach in a shopping centre car park, after which she turned her attention towards Para-athletics. She was inspired by the opportunities now available to athletes with a disability and quickly set about reaching the highest level of Paralympic sport.

While most athletes make their international debut at tournaments and competitions outside of a Paralympic Games, Carlee kicked off her international career in Beijing. Although she didn’t medal, the 2008 Paralympic Games were a learning curve for Carlee, and it wasn’t long before she stood among the world’s best.

In the lead-up to the 2012 Paralympic Games, Carlee trained using a prosthetic arm to assist strength and conditioning. At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, her next major international meet after Beijing, she claimed Silver in long jump and Bronze in the 100m sprint. That same year she broke her own World Record at the Sydney Track Classic, jumping 6.01m – 8cm on her previous record. Later that same year she won Silver at the IPC World Championships in Lyon, France.

Carlee bagged silver in London with a jump of 5.57m. She matched this performance at the 2016 Games in Rio, where she won bronze. But her proudest moment on the Track was winning a Gold Medal at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar. 

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