PHOTOS: Gold Coast Titans players visit Canungra to say thanks to our firies

“They deserve a medal” – those are the words of Gold Coast Titan Kevin Proctor after visiting emergency service workers, rural firefighters and volunteers who have been battling the devastating fires in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Proctor and fellow senior Titans player Shannon Boyd visited the Canungra Showgrounds yesterday, to say thank you to our hardworking crews.

The pair also delivered donations of water, food and clothing for members of the community who have lost everything in the blazes.

Speaking from the Canungra operations base, Proctor said he was in awe of the community spirit being shown by the volunteers and emergency services staff.

“These guys look knackered. We have just come here to try to pick up their spirits as much as we can, and do our part for the community,” he said.

“But these guys deserve a gold medal. They have been going to 12 days straight. It is unreal to see.”

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Boyd, a resident of the nearby rural suburb of Guanaba, said the devastation of the bushfires was a little too close to home.

“We have had a bit of a burn that has been at the back of our hill, which was only about 2km away, so it was nice and close,” Boyd said.

“There has been plenty of fire trucks going about here, there and everywhere. It has been a hard time for them.

“There are a lot of sad faces, but they are doing the best they can to try to get their spirits up around here, and that is good to see.”

Boyd and Proctor also made a visit to Canungra State School to put some smiles on the faces of those in the school’s rugby league program.

Canungra State School Principal Kylie Todhunter said the chance to meet the Titans players and get photos and autographs was amazing in what has been such a traumatic week for the community.

“It is really exciting to have the players here to meet the boys and girls from our rugby league team,” Principal Todhunter said.

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“A number of our students were evacuated from their homes, but it is really pleasing for us as a community for us to come together and see that everybody’s homes have been saved by the hard work of the Rural Fire Brigade and the emergency services.

“I think these boys have got the biggest smiles on their faces they have had all year.”

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Boomers into World Cup semi final; USA suffer shock loss

THE Boomers have stormed into their first basketball World Cup semi-final after defeating the Czech Republic 82-70 in China.

Patty Mills again starred for Australia, finishing with 24 points and six rebounds, while Andrew Bogut also put on his best game of the tournament with 10 points.

The Australians will now play Spain in Beijing on Friday for a spot in Sunday’s final.

Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis said the side will be desperate to beat Spain, who beat Australia in the bronze medal match in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“In many ways, I think that hurt has driven just the passion and focus for this particular tournament and the commitment to it,” he said.

“And one of the first things I heard when I walked back into the locker room was ‘job’s not done yet’.”

The other semi-final will be played between France and Argentina after both teams scored huge upsets in their quarter-final battles.

Argentina took down Serbia 97-87 but it was France’s massive 89-79 victory over the United States that took everyone by surprise.

The USA had been the hot favourite to win their third title in a row and their sixth overall.

It’s the first time the United States has failed to reach the medal rounds since the 2002 tournament and also mark the first time that neither the US or Serbia – or formerly Yugoslavia – haven’t featured in the final four of a World Cup.

Qld Olympic bid stronger after successful meeting with IOC

A group of Australian delegates have furthered a potential bid for southeast Queensland to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

The group – lead by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk – included the SEQ Council of Mayors representative and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, the Prime Minister’s representative Mr Ted O’Brien MP and Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates AM.

They arrived in Switzerland on Sunday, and met with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) President Thomas Bach overnight.

It’s understood cost cutting reforms were the focus of discussions, as well as various historic changes, while the Australian delegation then demonstrated how southeast Queensland could potentially host the Olympics in 2032 with a united and collaborative approach.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson says the meeting has reinforced the very real prospect a ‘South East Queensland Games’ had become.

“When the Council of Mayors (SEQ) first raised the idea of an Olympic Games in 2015, I think people thought we were dreaming. Now it seems like that dream could soon become a reality.

“The IOC President has always been enthusiastic about our concept for an Olympic Games in South East Queensland, and this meeting was no different. There is a definite interest in seeing what our region could bring to the Olympic Movement.

“President Bach spoke about the journey of change that the IOC has been on, and the significant and positive impact this will have on the cost of hosting the 2032 Games. The IOC has again confirmed its commitment to a cost neutral Games in 2032.

“A clear message from the meeting was the need for all levels of government to work together with industry and the community to make this a success. An Olympic Games is at least five times bigger than the Commonwealth Games so it really requires a team effort.”

Australian Olympic Committee President John Coates said it seemed Queensland could deliver considerable benefits for the Games as well.

The Australian delegation will continue to Paris to view preparations for the 2024 Games, without Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson, who’s returning home to deal with the bushfire crisis.

It’s understood Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will also be heading home early to support her state.

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Police

Armed thief on the run after Logan servo hold-up

POLICE are on the hunt for an armed thief who held up a Logan service station on Monday night.

The man is said to have entered the Logan Road business in Underwood around 7.30pm.

He’s then jumped the counter before filling up a bag with tobacco products and then pulling out a knife on the staff member.

The man then demanded the staffer open the cash register before stuffing a heap of money into his bag.

He was last seen running off across Logan Road and south along the service road.

Police

Three charged after allegedly hitting police officer with a car during arrest in Tweed

Three men have been charged with multiple offences after a police officer was seriously injured during an arrest in Tweed Heads yesterday.

A stolen BMW was spotted entering the car park of the Tweed Heads Hospital around 1.00am Sunday September 9, before a police car followed.

The BMW then allegedly deliberately drove at the police vehicle, crashing into the driver’s side.

More officers came to assist in the arrest, including a Senior Constable from the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

He was struck by the stolen vehicle and knocked to the road, sustaining a dislocated shoulder and multiple lacerations.

The BMW then reversed, hitting a car containing a 15-month-old child who was luckily uninjured, before driving out of the carpark.

The vehicle was tracked down a short time later on Avla Street, with three of the four occupants arrested.

They assisted police with inquiries, before being charged yesterday afternoon.

A 22-year-old man has been charged with police pursuit (drive speed dangerous), three counts of driving reckless/furious or speed/manner dangerous, use offensive weapon to avoid apprehension, predatory driving, armed with intent, possess implements to enter/drive conveyance, learner unaccompanied.

A 29-year-old man has been charged with be carried in conveyance and posses prohibited drug, and a 20-year-old man has been charged with be carried in conveyance and hinder police in execution of duty.

All three have been refused bail and will appear in front of Tweed Local Court today.

The Senior Constable who was struck has since been released from hospital.

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