SPURRED ON: Southgate’s Peter Connor and his horse Grouse, who combined to win the Mort & Co Rockhampton Open Draft recently.PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
SPURRED ON: Southgate’s Peter Connor and his horse Grouse, who combined to win the Mort & Co Rockhampton Open Draft recently.PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

FIRST DRAFT - Connor named July Sportsperson of the Month

HE HAS progressed through the first round of judging and hopes his efforts will be enough to come out on top in the final selections.

It's a familiar setting for Peter Connor, a champion of the campdraft arena.

Last month the 52-year-old from Southgate was one of 728 competitors in the $75,000 Mort & Co Rockhampton Open Draft at the famous Paradise Lagoon Campdraft in Queensland.

The field was whittled down to 180 after the first round and then 50 for the final. When he completed his third ride Connor had a total score of 267, five points clear of his nearest rival.

It's a similar scenario in the countdown to the 2015 Clarence Valley Sports Awards presented by The Daily Examiner and Grafton Shoppingworld on November 13 at Maclean Services Club.

Connor has survived the first draft; voted the Jetts Fitness Senior Sportsperson of the Month for July by the panel of judges from The Daily Examiner and the Clarence Valley and Lower Clarence sports councils.

He now joins seven other monthly winners plus two more from August and September who will be automatically nominated for Clarence Valley Sportsperson of the Year.

Nominations for junior and senior Sportsperson of the Month for August are now open. Simply send an email to sport@dailyexaminer.com.au outlining the outstanding sporting achievements of a local Clarence Valley resident you wish to nominate.

The Paradise Lagoon Campdraft is one of the richest campdraft events in Australia and second in terms of prestige only to the Warwick Gold Cup, where Connor is planning more success in October.

"The Warwick Gold Cup is like the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting," Connor, a member of the Big River Campdraft Club, said.



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