So, where's Tia, Chelsea and co? Here's my argument
THE final allotment of the Queensland Sport's 100 Greatest athletes were named this morning.
And it's fitting that a Gladstone connection has book-ended number one with Rod Laver and Mark Knowles at number 100.
Both have influenced Gladstone tennis and hockey in some way, shape or form.
While the other 98 deserve their top-100 ranking, I would like to argue that a number of Gladstone greats could have easily made the best 100 bracket in Queensland.
And the wonderful port city of Gladstone has more than shaped their careers to super-stardom as well.
Tia-Clair Toomey, as she is well known (married name Tia-Clair Orr) and Chelsea Baker come to mind straight away.
Women rule the roost!
The respective Commonwealth Games gold medallist and two-time world's fittest woman and World Cup-winning Australian Jillaroo are unfortunate not to make the Top-100.
But, don't get me wrong, you simply can't fit all of them in.
I've only been here since October 2015, so my thoughts may be rather limited.
Anyway - here is my Top-10 Greatest Queensland Athletes (no bias!)
1: Tia-Clair Toomey - 2017 CrossFit Games Champion and 2018 CrossFit Games Champion; 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist
2: Chelsea Baker - World Cup Champions 2017 with Jillaroos, member of the Brisbane Broncos NRLW premiership team in 2018
3: Michael Ludkin - gun Australian under-19 softball player. A vice-captain of the Australian Steelers team that won the 12th WBSC Junior Men's Softball World Championship
4: Gary Larson - former Australian and Queensland State of Origin player and his NRL career spanned 14 seasons from 1987 with the then North Sydney Bears to 2000 at the Paramatta Eels
5: Michael England - Australian - 2017 XCM World Championships - fourth round winner of the 2017 XCM National Series. He has achieved a number of feats, but this one would be the best
6: Mick Daly - Assistant coach of the Australian Olympic boxing team at the 2012 London Olympics. He runs Daly's Gym and has nurtured some great champions such as Dan Beahan who represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
7: Jack Ireland - Multi-class swimmer who has plied his trade in Gladstone under Gladiators head coach Tom Fronek. Now based in Brisbane and is a member of Towards Tokyo 2020 Swimming Australia Paralympic Squad, Ireland. He is also The 2016 Australia Day Junior Athlete of the Year
8: Megan Hunt - the first-ever athlete from Capricornia to have made an AFLW list. She did so in the Brisbane Lions team in the AFLWs inaugural year 2017. Hunt began her Aussie Rules journey at the BITS Saints Football Club. She has not looked back
9: Justin Cridland - Australian U20 Youth Trans Tasman Cup-winning captain. He also played in the newly-formed NRL Touch Premiership campaign for Queensland Cowboys earlier this year.
10: Jason Seng - Hard choice for 10. But the The Glen all-rounder gets the nod. He made the Australian Country team at the start of the year with his former The Glen team-mate Sam Lowry. They were also the first pair from the club to make an Australian team. Seng has made several representative teams at state level over the years.
Would love to hear your comments please...