Darling Downs Locals Honoured

Two outstanding local volunteers have been recognised and honoured for their contributions to sport in our region across the Australia Day ceremonies, with Goondiwindi’s Sam Dunmill being awarded the Goondiwindi Regional Council’s Senior Sports Award and Coolaroo’s Tom Claydon receiving the Toowoomba Regional Council’s William Groom Scholarship for 2020. 

For Dunmill,  this award caps off a massive 2019 after being named AFL Queensland’s Junior Match Program Coach of the Year, Goondiwindi AFC’s Clubman of the Year and a Senior AFLDD Premiership to go with it. 

A stalwart of the Hawks, Dunmill has held a variety of positions from President to junior coach, and his personal investment into the club, it’s facilities and the greater sporting community of Goondiwindi hasn’t gone unnoticed and is a very worthy recipient of the award. 

For young Tom Claydon, the William Groom Scholarship is awarded by Toowoomba Regional Council to 18 – 24 year olds studying in the region who are achieving outstanding things for our local community. 

Claydon, studying a Bachelor of Secondary Education,  does great work within the Coolaroo Football club coaching junior and youth sides over a number of seasons as well as contributing as a young leader within the senior ranks. His work already within the regions education sector has had great impacts on junior sporting participants. 

Congratulations to both men.



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