Set your children a challenge these school holidays

BIG EFFORT: Schoolkids (pictured last year) around the region will again take part again.

Set your children a challenge these school holidays.

Georgia takes treble of wins

ON THE RISE: Georgia Murray took three from three on the weekend at the KTM Thunder on the Mountain.

Airlie Beach's Georgia Murray takes treble of wins in motocross.

Local swimmers raise cash in the pool

GOOD CAUSE: Swimmers (back l-r) Ky Erickson, Olivia Romanella, Hannah Crittenden, Aidan Payet with (front l- r) Kimba Simmonds, Alannis Rusk, Evie Herlihy and Mikhaila Flint.

Local swimmers have raised a large amount of money for cancer.

Girls’ big effort claims carnival win

EFFORT: Whitsunday Netball’s youngest players in the Moddies Division with carnival mascot Crackles.

Whitsunday netball has claimed a big win in Mackay.

Runners make trek to Whitehaven

VISITORS: Julianna Maxwell and Rachel Kipper after the half-marathon. Photo: Christopher Lees

The Great Whitehaven Beach Run now attracts international runners.

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Pearson vows to return after injury heartache

A defiant Sally Pearson says she has more to give despite being forced to pull out of the Olympic Games in Rio with a torn hamstring.

Coast archer’s Olympic dreams are dashed

BOWING OUT: Semra Ferguson, left, is unlikely to have another shot at making an Olympics after a tribunal ruled in favour of the selectors who left her out of the Australian team.

Coast archer's Rio dreams quashed.

Phelps qualifies for Games ... again

OLYMPIC LEGEND: Michael Phelps swims in the men's 200m butterfly final at the US Olympic swimming trials in Omaha.

Superstar is off to Rio.

Fire and ice drive Rio dream

BURNING AMBITION: Sharni Williams will lead the Australian women’s rugby sevens team at the Rio Olympics.

Rugby sevens skipper on quest for gold.

Day out of Games over Zika fears

VIRUS FEARS: Jason Day, of Australia, during last month’s US Open at Oakmont.

World No.1 joins long list of absentees.

Devastated Pearson out of Olympics

RULED OUT: Australian hurdler Sally Pearson in action.

Hamstring tear rules reigning champion out.

NRL faces financial hit from dead rubber

‘NO DEAD RUBBERS’: NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg.

Queensland series win a worst-case scenario for NRL.

Blues must blood the next generation

FUTURE STAR: Tyson Frizell of the Blues scores a try during game two of the State of Origin series at Suncorp Stadium.

Game three a chance to look at future stars.

NSW may look to untried option to replace Reynolds

STEP UP: Cronulla utility Jack Bird has been backed to play in the halves in Origin III.

Halfback's absence could open door for Jack Bird.

Thaiday unsure if he’ll challenge dangerous tackle charge

UNDER SCRUTINY: NSW captain Paul Gallen is tackled head-first into the turf by Queensland's Sam Thaiday and Corey Parker during State of Origin II.

Maroons forward cited for tackle on NSW skipper.

Smith among the greatest, says Walters

TEAM MAN: Maroons captain Cameron Smith gets into space as Blues player Robbie Farah (right) looks on during the State of Origin II.

Maroons coach heaps praise on skipper

State of Origin 2016: Maroons reign again

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: Queensland players celebrate.

Gagai scores a treble in series clincher

Radradra gets all-clear to play despite police charges

PLENTY ON HIS PLATE: Parramatta Eels winger Semi Radradra trains ahead of the team’s clash with Cronulla.

Semi Radradra still wants to play for the Eels

Wallabies bolster Waratahs in Japan

IMPOSING FIGURE: Taqele Naiyaravoro is back for the Waratahs after a stint in Glasgow.

Side's first trip to face the Sunwolves.

On-ball battle key to beating Dogs, say Swans

VITAL COG: Dan Hannebery of the Swans will be a key man when his side takes on the Western Bulldogs.

'As big a challenge as there is,' says coach.

Cowboys re-sign key personnel

NEW DEAL: Ethan Lowe of the Cowboys in action.

Star duo locked in until 2018.

Silvagni selected on merit, not name

CALLED UP: Jack Silvagni kicks the ball during a Carlton Blues AFL training session at Ikon Park.

Youngster set for AFL debut.

Saints’ Hickey back to haunt old club

SEEKING CONSISTENCY: Tom Hickey of the Saints takes a selfie with fans as he celebrates winning their Round 12 AFL match against Carlton at Etihad Stadium.

St Kilda set to face Suns.

Rose bloomed in Romania

DISTINGUISHED CAREER: Central Coast Mariners star Josh Rose makes a tackle on Melbourne Victory’s Besart Berisha earlier this year.

How Romania shaped the career of soccer star

In tune for retirement

CHAMPION: Shane Stefanutto.

Shane Stefanutto in tune for retirement.

Rod Davies rocketing to stardom

Former Queensland Reds speedster Rod Davies in flight.

A LOOK back on "Rockhampton Rocket" Rod Davies' remarkable journey.

Sam Thaiday, the NRL’s gentle giant

TYPICAL POSE: Sam Thaiday in action for the Broncos.

The many sides of Sam Thaiday

Solomon Haumono's redemption in the ring

Solomon Haumono in action against Manuel Pucheta.

Solomon Haumono is finding redemption in the ring

Legendary commentator picks boxing favourites

SPEAKING OUT: Bob Sheridan during the welterweight bout between Jeff Horn and Randall Bailey.

Colonel Bob Sheridan loves boxing so much he would die for it.

Leave AFL trade game until end of season

In short supply ... Regular key defender Jackson Trengove (that’s him on the left) has been holding up the rucking duties at Port Adelaide, but it can be a tall order against some of the game’s elite big men.

Leave the mid-season trading to those other codes

Wimbledon’s greatest matches

HRD SLOG: John Isner of the USA won a Wimbledon marathon against Nicholas Mahut.

We take a look at some classic clashes on the hallowed grass.

The enigma that is Stef Martin - the Lions' lone wolf

Martin hasn’t had the easiest of AFL careers.

Father Time took his toll on Parker

MUCH IMPROVED: Bronco Corey Parker will retire at the end of the season.

Retiring Broncos forward has matured with age, writes Tony Durkin.

Just for starters, Origin needs an earlier timeslot

Action from State of Origin. Monday Magistrate Tony Durkin says the games should start earlier.

Just for starters, Origin needs an earlier timeslot.

The umpires strike back after ‘doubting’ Thomas

Lindsay Thomas of the Kangaroos has been in the spotlight.

The umpires strike back after 'doubting' Thomas.

Bennett not pressing the panic button over Broncos

INJURY COMEBACK: Andrew McCullough of the Brisbane Broncos in action.

McCullough return to boost side.

Soward links with London Broncos

LONDON CALLING: Former Penrith Panther Jamie Soward.

Playmaker given immediate release.

Broncos coach says contracts ‘not one-way traffic’

MASTER COACH: Wayne Bennett looks on during a Brisbane Broncos training session at Red Hill.

Players have rights too, says Bennett.

Death is not beautiful or poetry: Sister’s touching tribute

Regan Grieve, from Mackay, was announced in the Australian Schoolboy rugby league squad to tour England and France later this year.

‘Death is not beautiful or poetry’: Sister’s touching tribute

Durko’s Dissections for Round 17

EXPERIENCE BOOST: Roosters player Mitchell Pearce returns to the team this weekend.

Who's going to win this weekend?

Gomez repays Germany’s faith with goals

ON TARGET: Germany's Mario Gomez celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.

Azzurri awaits world champions.

Wales confident of upsetting Belgium

IN FORM: Gareth Bale of Wales in action against Oliver Norwood of Northern Ireland during their Euro 2016 round of 16 match.

Sides to clash in quarter-finals.

Mooy signs with Manchester City

ENGLAND MOVE: Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City and Marcelo Carrusca of United during their A-League semi-final at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide.

Aussie signs with English giant.

Maradona tells Messi not to retire

COSTLY MISS: Argentina star Lionel Messi misses his penalty kick during the Copa America final against Chile at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Star called it quits after penalty miss.

England embarrassed by Iceland at Euros

BUNDLED OUT: England's coach Roy Hodgson reacts during the Euro 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Stade de Nice.

Manager resigns after defeat.

Second Brexit: Iceland forces UK out of Euro 2016

England coach Roy Hodgson salutes Wayne Rooney as he leaves the pitch to be replaced during the Euro 2016 round of 16 soccer match between England and Iceland, at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France, Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Fans chant: "You're not fit to wear the shirt" at the final whistle.

Marsh rips through Windies to set up series win

VITAL KNOCK: Australia’s Matthew Wade hit an unbeaten 57 against the West Indies.

Wade stars with bat as Aussies secure victory.

Maxwell knock helps Australia beat West Indies

VITAL KNOCK: Australia’s batsman Glenn Maxwell hit a quick-fire 46 to help his side beat the West Indies in Barbados.

Aussies into tri-series final after beating West Indies.

WATCH: As the Queensland Bulls celebrate their All-Star win

Bulls Masters Batsman Joe Burns salutes the crowd at Harrup Park after scoring a century.

Australian cricket greats give Mackay a thumbs up after game

Samuels guides West Indies to upset win over Aussies

TOP KNOCK: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels scored 92 as his side downed Australia.

Samuels shines as Windies down Aussies

Warner injury mars win over South Africa

BAD BREAK: David Warner (left) has a broken finger.

Broken finger puts Warner out of action

Warner whacks Proteas in Aussie win

David Warner hits his first ODI century on foreign soil.

Warner whacks Proteas in victory for Australia.

Firebirds chasing right to host final

The calculators will be out for the clash between the Queensland Firebirds and the West Coast Fever in the final round of the ANZ Championship.

Tough test for Vixens’ title hopes

STRONG FINISH: Melbourne Vixens centre Liz Watson (right).

Southern Steel present tough challenge.

Sport codes kick off commitment to tackle domestic violence

Footy, Netball, AFL and Union are all fighting domestic violence

Honest Firebirds on the rebound

Romelda Aiken in action.

Honest Firebirds on the rebound after losing first game.

NRL player spotted at Rockhampton netball courts

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Roosters is tackled during the NRL qualifying final match between the Sydney Roosters and the Melbourne Storm at Allianz Stadium on September 11, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Who was spotted at Rockhampton netball courts last night?

Firebirds, Swifts all set for a grand final rematch

Romelda Aiken was again on fire for the Queensland outfit.

The Firebirds made it 21 straight with a 62-51 triumph.