Club receives significant awards to volunteers deservingly
MOTORSPORT: The role of the volunteer is just as important as athletes who make the show.
The combination of both was at the fore at the Central Queensland Junior Development Clinic in March.
The clinic was voted as the Motorcycling Queensland Event of the Year.
More than 120 riders attended the coaching course with riders attracted from as far as Roma, Theodore, Mackay and Bundaberg and the feedback was all positive.
Recently appointed Gladstone District Dirt Riders Club treasurer Ally Perry said there was an inkling, but the reality was something else.
"We had been told we were in the running, but to take the award out over an event such as the South East Queensland MX is a huge achievement," she said.
Perry said it was a lot of hard work in a six-month time-frame but it all paid dividends for all associated within the motorsport community.
"We needed to speak with coaches and riders to see who could volunteer their time and to the local clubs and businesses in Central Queensland to see if they would help finance the event," Perry said.
The treasurer said it has been fulfilling and it all stemmed back to when she took her children to a clinic in Yeppoon.
"I decided to start talking with everyone and found out they were all keen to make this happen," Perry said.
"I was just a passionate parent who wanted to see as many kids as possible gain useful skills on their dirt bikes no matter the discipline.
"So I decided to start a conversation with a lot of others who felt the same."
There was also individual success for GDDRC motor-cross time-keeper and race secretary Kelly Baxter.
She was awarded Motorcycling Queensland Official of the Year for her tireless work.
"I feel both honoured and valued within the sport to have been nominated for this award among the highest standard of officials like John Gierke in Toowoomba and Melissa Crittenden in Kilcoy," she said.
Many of Baxter's weekends are spent away officiating at different events throughout Queensland.
"This year I was involved in the Airoh Sunshine State Series, Central Queensland MX Series, Queensland MX Championships, Queensland Female Championship as well as attending the Australian Off Road Championship in Cessnock NSW and Australian Supercoss Championship in Coolum," she said.
"On the weekends when I am not away, you'll find me at sign-on and in the lapscorers hut at Gladstone District Dirtriders Club or at a interclub series in conjunction with our local club."