AusCycling | National Volunteer Recognition Program - 2022 Nominees

Nominees - May to August 2022

AusCycling congratulates our first round nominees of the National Volunteer Recognition Program supported by Santos Tour Down Under.

 

May 2022

Daniel O'DONOGHUE

Daniel O'Donoghue

Club: RCCC
Volunteer Years: 10+
Nomination Information: Daniel has been putting on racing in Western Australia for about 10 years, since he started the RCCC club. At present in WA, it is fair to say that Daniel is solely responsible for the criterium summer racing season.

Andrew BALLAM

Andrew Ballam

Club: South Perth Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: 10
Nomination Information: Andrew is well known in our cycling club as the resident Flat Fairy. Its an nickname earned through his virtuous character and his ability to always be there on the road to help a fellow club mate when they get a flat tyre.

Andrew has served in numerous club positions over the years and is currently the club's vice president.

Andrew is forever generous with his time and support of his club.

John O'BRIAN

John O'Brian

Club: Inside Line MTB Club
Volunteer Years: 8
Nomination Information: This fella is an absolute champion, pushing the boundaries for what is capable for downhill racing in south Australia he parks himself in the back ground Inbetween racing smashes out more work than anyone I know! In between himself racing on weekends he is doing everything he can to help the event run as it should.

 

Toby BROWN

Toby Brown

Club: SPR
Volunteer Years: 11
Nomination Information: Toby funds and runs a racing team that brings like minded racers together, adding to the racing community, bringing exposure to events and racing in general, comradeship and inclusion to individuals and has recently used the cycling team to fundraise for mental health charities.

John O'BRIAN

John O'Brian

Club: Inside Line MTB Club
Volunteer Years: 8
Nomination Information: John is a very committed volunteer to the club. His role is club secretary but he goes above and beyond.
He organised all the online registration, organises shuttles, organises meeting and this year he has organised a off season shuttles. Providing a shuttle day for each category, volunteers and winners from the previous year.

He is a kind hearted person who is always willing to go above and beyond helping beginners learn how races work from registration to race runs. He is usually one of the first at the event and definitely the last to leave.

John is a dad of three young children as well as having a full time job he still finds time to organise and race in the events we hold throughout the season. He is always striving to make the club the best it can be. The last two years he has really pushed and was able to get all new shuttle trailers. This year he went one step further and pushed for a gold level event.

John spends endless hours giving up his time to help the club in any way possible always with a big smile on his face!

John BENNETTS

John Bennetts

Club: Wanneroo BMX Club
Volunteer Years: 15
Nomination Information: John is a proud and positive leader of our club. He encourages only but the best from his rider's and parents committee members . He is at the club most days planning with local government small business or individuals who can bring something to betterment the club. John is a great coach and we are so lucky to have him training the next generation. Wannerooo BMX club is thriving now the biggest population club in WA with most of its riders encouraged to compete in state rounds our club dominates most age classes and i feel this is because we have such a postive club mentality and vibe set up by its leader John.

This year alone we have had the Prime minister Scott Morrison appear at our club in his election campaign. This was only made possible by johns drive to access funds to rebuild our club and its facilites they have agreed to give the club 1.6million if they win this coming election. Not doing things by halves john had also secured labour to come to the party also. We are stsying tuned for their announcement.

John is a doer and committed to the sport and his persistance will only make for BMX in Australia to thrive and excel.

Ian JOHNSTON

Ian Johnston

Club: Gippsland MTB Club
Volunteer Years: 14
Nomination Information: Ian Johnston (Back row on the right in image) is a founding member of Gippsland MTB Inc. (GMTB), was formed in May 2008 due to the increasing popularity of mountain biking. GMTB is a not-for-profit incorporated association run by volunteers for the benefit of mountain bikers in Gippsland. GMTB is an active mountain bike association established to support and encourage the sport of mountain biking in Gippsland. GMTB is open to new ways of doing things, which has led to innovation opportunities in volunteer management processes that increase opportunities for the sustainable trail construction and maintenance of trail network infrastructure. GMTB volunteers delivered the Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park in May 2022, free for public use.

In 2018, through a competitive process, GMTB trail advocacy volunteers Ian Johnston and Nicholas King worked together and jointly prepared a grant application and secured almost $0.98M of grant funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package to design and construct the ‘Gateway’ to mountain biking in Gippsland – The Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park (HHBP).

Stage 1 of the HHBP was fully funded and construction has been completed. Construction commenced in February 2021 with practical completion reached in May 2022, the HHBP is now open and free for the public to use. Stage 1 delivered a carpark and pathways, accessible toilets, an asphalt pump track, native revegetation and landscaping, shelters with seating for picnics and 13.5km of mountain biking trails for beginners through to advanced riders. Contractors were engaged by GMTB to manage the planning, design, and construction of the HHBP. GMTB referred to the ‘Guidelines for trail planning, design and management’ (a toolkit for Victorian state and local government agencies, community groups and investors on how to plan, manage and market exceptional trail experiences). More specifically, the network design complies with the ‘Principles of Sustainable Trails’ and all the relevant recommendations for building successful trails and trail design guidelines have been met. Contractors are currently returning to the site and constructing the HHBP Stage 2 network. Local youths from Latrobe Valley were employed by the Contractor for Stage 1.

Stage 2 of the HHBP is funded by the Victorian Government ($1m), designed, has planning approval and is due to commence construction. Stage 2 will be completed by December 2022.

Ian Johnston, provided outstanding financial acumen for GMTB in a 100% volunteer capacity, developing GMTB into a well organised association that has the capacity and expertise to support further development of trails in Gippsland, especially the Central Gippsland 'G7' Mountain Bike Hub. GMTB has an awesome team of volunteer trail crews across our bike parks, and it is their dedication and enthusiasm to create recreational infrastructure that is free for our community to access right here in Gippsland that keeps us motivated.

Mark BAINES

Mark Baines

Club: Gippsland MTB Club
Volunteer Years: 14
Nomination Information: Mark Baines (Back row on the left in image) is the incumbent President of Gippsland MTB Inc. (GMTB), was formed in May 2008 due to the increasing popularity of mountain biking. GMTB is a not-for-profit incorporated association run by volunteers for the benefit of mountain bikers in Gippsland. GMTB is an active mountain bike association established to support and encourage the sport of mountain biking in Gippsland. GMTB is open to new ways of doing things, which has led to innovation opportunities in volunteer management processes that increase opportunities for the sustainable trail construction and maintenance of trail network infrastructure. GMTB volunteers delivered the Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park in May 2022, free for public use.

In 2018, through a competitive process, GMTB trail advocacy volunteers Ian Johnston and Nicholas King (under the presidency of Mark) prepared a grant application and secured almost $0.98M of grant funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Jobs and Investment Package to design and construct the ‘Gateway’ to mountain biking in Gippsland – The Haunted Hills Mountain Bike Park (HHBP).

Stage 1 of the HHBP was fully funded and construction has been completed. Construction commenced in February 2021 with practical completion reached in May 2022, the HHBP is now open and free for the public to use. Stage 1 delivered a carpark and pathways, accessible toilets, an asphalt pump track, native revegetation and landscaping, shelters with seating for picnics and 13.5km of mountain biking trails for beginners through to advanced riders. Contractors were engaged by GMTB to manage the planning, design, and construction of the HHBP. GMTB referred to the ‘Guidelines for trail planning, design and management’ (a toolkit for Victorian state and local government agencies, community groups and investors on how to plan, manage and market exceptional trail experiences). More specifically, the network design complies with the ‘Principles of Sustainable Trails’ and all the relevant recommendations for building successful trails and trail design guidelines have been met. Contractors are currently returning to the site and constructing the HHBP Stage 2 network. Local youths from Latrobe Valley were employed by the Contractor for Stage 1.

Stage 2 of the HHBP is funded by the Victorian Government ($1m), designed, has planning approval and is due to commence construction. Stage 2 will be completed by December 2022.

Mark Baines, holds the chair of President at GMTB in a 100% volunteer capacity, overseeing GMTB, a well organised association that has the capacity and expertise to support further development of trails in Gippsland, especially the Central Gippsland 'G7' Mountain Bike Hub. GMTB has an awesome team of volunteer trail crews across our bike parks, and it is their dedication and enthusiasm to create recreational infrastructure that is free for our community to access right here in Gippsland that keeps us motivated.

Christine HOOPER

Christine Hooper

Club: Canberra BMX Club
Volunteer Years: 4
Nomination Information: Christine (Chrissie as we all call her) is the glue that holds our club together. She single handed put together our 2021 State series after many of the board had family issues to deal with and could not help. She pulled together more volunteers and gave us direction. Put together the new board and got all the meetings done and signed off. She put in all the paper work to the ACT government to run our race during Covid, got the food ordered, the rental items sorted and delivered, liaised with AusCycling as this was all new. Every race week she is behind the scene getting the online booking system going, starting Sqorz, checking it is all working, making sure we have all the officials/ volunteers in place to run our clubbies, come and try days, clean up days. Christine is the heart of our club. Some times it is really tough on her but she has not backed down or walked away as some often do. Its hard to keep a small club running and everyone enthusiastic. Christine is an amazing volunteer.

Chris PARK

Chris Park

Club: Perth MTB Club
Volunteer Years: 5+
Nomination Information: Chris gives you countless hours preparing for the XCO events in Perth.
He has been my point of contact for me and my son who started riding 6 years ago. He looks after the entries, organises race plates, setting up timing and comms at each and every XCO race in WA. The guy poor spends endless hours for XC riders in WA…and a top bloke too.

David ATKINS

David Atkins

Club: Central Australian Rough Riders (CARR)
Volunteer Years: 5+
Nomination Information: David is committed to growing Mountain Biking in Alice Springs and specifically just getting people, juniors in particular, on bikes of all disciplines. Fortunately Dave works in a secondary school so is constantly promoting local events through the college and celebrating successes of juniors in Road, BMX, or MTB events. David has initiated and organises and directs two Interschool MTB events every year (for the past 3 years). This event draws some of the biggest numbers of competitors to an event, and by far the largest number of juniors. Dave volunteers his time when he can to the local Ross Park Program (a primary school AusCycling program). Dave directs a number of events every year as part of the our busy calendar of events in the club. Dave dedicates a large amount of time seeking out and writing grant applications for the club. He has been proactive in working up new events that are exciting for members, including a CARRboot sale. Dave has also been instrumental in establishing a superb Sponsorship Policy for the club and as a result, our sponsorship has been more solid and has included more sponsors than ever over the last few years.

Emma MARDON

Emma Mardon

Club: Whyalla Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: Unknown
Nomination Information: Dedicated club person that goes above and beyond. Always assisting with the running of track and road evens as well as getting in and riding with and teaching our junior and new senior riders the correct way to do things. Very supportive t to every member in and around the club. Sets up multiple fundraising evens for the club and club members representing SA.

Andy KADE

Andy Kade

Club: Whyalla Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: Unknown
Nomination Information: Andy is the newly elected club president. He is always willing to lend a hand where ever needed. He is also the junior coach and dedication to the club is second to none. He is alway there doing track and facility maintence and repairs. He spends coutless hours over the week and weekend coaching and riding along side the junior riders

Maree Carmen

Maree Carmen

Club: Logan Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: 15
Nomination Information: Maree has been involved in cycling for many years, without her helping keep racing in the logan cc there would be no club today. Maree has run the sss events for many years and is always making sure the correct decision and awarded to the rightful winners.

Don CLIFFORD

Don Clifford

Club: Adelaide Hills Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: 10
Nomination Information: Don puts in countless hours organizing the road program of 20 races a year. Without his input there would be very little road racing in South Australia that caters for the total road community.

Don THOMAS

Don Thomas

Club: Port Hedland
Volunteer Years: 20+
Nomination Information: Don has been volunteering in the sport for what seems forever, he is our current race director for the WA state rounds. Don has held many positions within his time as a volunteer but what stands out most is his willingness to train other future volunteers.

Max HARDY

Max Hardy

Club: Norwood Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: 2
Nomination Information: In the past 18 months Max in my opinion has done more for the SA cycling community than anyone else.

He started running himself, women's and junior criteriums every Thursday evening through the summer season which has been a massive void in the SA cycling community. He created a safe space for women who weren't comfortable at the traditional races to come and race and improve their craft as well as allowing juniors regular racing to progress their skills!

He also has played a part in running nearly every mixed Criterium on a Tuesday evening through summer as well as running all socials and the website for the club!

More recently he ran an incredibly successful Barry Skinner Handicap and a Criterium in the township of Berri which in my opinion was the most well organised, safe and exciting weekend of racing I've ever experienced in SA. The courses were phenomenal and all the work and planning he put in for it to be safe for all involved was amazing!

Max already has more races planned including a first for not only NCC but I believe for SA cycling with a Gravel Race out in Kuitpo which I think will be such an amazing progression for not only the club but the entire SA community.

I honestly believe without the generosity of someone like max, cycling in SA wouldn't exist.

Ross DYER

Ross Dyer

Club: Midland Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: 4+
Nomination Information: Ross Dyer does an amazing job for Midland Cycling Club and the cycling community in general. He is committed to developing youth, help out on race days and provides amazing opportunities kids wouldn’t get otherwise.

Ross is currently offers training three times a week; once for road racing and twice for track. He comes as often as he can around his busy work.

Every race Ross goes to he will volunteer for something whether that be as commissaire, coaching on the sidelines, checking rollouts and adjusting bikes or even just taking wonderful candid race photos. He does it all without fuss, without wanting attention or applause, just because he loves the sport and being a part of it.

Recently, Ross took a group of teenager s with other volunteers over to South Australia to compete in a two day competition. Every rider who wanted to be involved could go over and participate. It have so many the drive and enthusiasm to go home and ride and develop more. The experience was priceless and only possible with the valuable time and put into the sport by people like Ross.

I really couldn’t appreciate all that Ross does for the sport of cycling and for my son any more than I do all ready. He is all for cycling development, individual goal setting and having fun. I am proud to have my son in the same club as this man.

 

  

June 2022

Chris HOUGHTON

Chris Houhgton

Club: BMX South Queensland
Volunteer Years: 12
Nomination Information: An innovator, progressive thinking, compasionate, club advocate, teacher, mentor, friend and insirational individual. Always focused on the best for clubs and doing what he can assist them through good times and bad. His selfless provision of time to all that request his help, nothing is ever to much trouble. He was instrumental in the introduction of electronic scoring systems in BMX throughout Queensland continuing to train new volunteers in the use of such systems. Bought into the sport by his nephews, he has contuned to give back to the sport even now some 3 years since their departure. Mentoring commissairs, for ever looking to identify the next volunteer for our sport, his friendship and wise words never grow old. Working at all levels of our sport from National, state and club to progress the rider and family experience at every chance in order attract, retain and keep members engaged in our great sport.

  

July 2022

Malcolm COWAN

Malcolm Cowan

Club: Tamar Bicycle Users Group (TBUG)
Volunteer Years: 14
Nomination Information: Malcolm has been one of the driving forces in TBUG, serving as President for many years, advocating for cycling infrastructure, and serving on the City of Launceston Pedestrian and Bike Committee (now the Transport Committee). He has produced how-to videos on cycling, helped countless people get started with bike riding, and been responsible for many of TBUG's achievenements. He has also been a ride-leader for all of TBUG's history, and has organised major events such as State Bike Week for TBUG. Even when not president, Malcolm has remained a mainstay of the club.

 

  

August 2022

Kate BRICE

Kate Brice

Club: Southern Districts BMX
Volunteer Years: 1
Nomination Information: Kate became a member of our club 18 months ago and has taken on the role of fundraising coordinator. She has so far fund raised $5000 for the club. She is a mother of 3 kids, 9, 7, 3 who all rides and works full time. She is the first one to help out in the noms hut and canteen and always the last to stay and clean up.

Jamie and Janeine ROMEIN

Jamie and Janeine

Club: Atherton BMX Club
Volunteer Years: 2
Nomination Information: They cook dinner every Friday night for the club for the past two years. They are always so happy to make the meals & serve with a smile!
This is the main source of income for the club & we are so lucky to have had them do this!

Renee CROSS

Renee Cross

Club: Moranbah BMX Club
Volunteer Years: 5
Nomination Information: Renee Cross has been an integral part of our BMX Club since moving to Moranbah. With her oldest daughter Georgia starting BMX in 2018, Renee quickly became involved in volunteering and including a vice president role at their last club. As an athlete herself Renee is enthusiastic about providing the best opportunities for all members of the club. Rain or shine, Renee is the first person to put her hand up when required in an official capacity. Renee has fulfilled roles within the club including Registrar, First Aid Responder, officiating weekly for club race nights, gates training, running come and try days and even stepping into canteen when required. As well as being our current Club President at Moranbah BMX Club, Renee is also a Regional Commissaire with Auscycling and travels regularly to volunteer all over the state. Working full time, volunteering as within the school P&C and balancing her family life does not slow Renee down. There is nothing this lady will not put her hand up to do and we are extremely grateful for her dedication to our sport and our club.

Jeremy DELL

Jeremy Dell

Club: Newcastle Hunter Cycling Club
Volunteer Years: 7
Nomination Information: Jeremy Dell has been a Newcastle Hunter Cycling Club/Hunter District Cycling Club member for over seven years. The introduction of cycling skills to his young daughter enticed him to the sport and club.

Jeremy quickly identified a need for track coaching at a junior level within the club. Without hesitation and without requesting financial support from the club, Jeremy gained his Cycling NSW Level 1 coaching certificate. It was then that, after several years with no junior track training within the Newcastle region, Jeremy reintroduced junior training at Newcastle Velodrome. Two or three kids would turn up each week in the early years. However, participation has dramatically increased with word that there is a great guy teaching kids at Newcastle Velodrome. Currently, up to 19 kids of varying levels participate in each Thursday night training session. Every week, Jeremy independently sets up the track, attends to bike fittings before scheduled training times and communicates on the club's Facebook and messenger pages
Jeremy's encouraging, gentle nature is welcomed by all the juniors and parents within the club. Participation is the first goal, regardless of the child's ability or age. Most of the kids attending Jeremy's junior sessions do not compete at a State level. Camaraderie, fitness, outdoors, participation and bike skills are the main objectives of the sessions.

As the President of Newcastle Hunter Cycling Club, I often get messages from new parents/members who have taken their children to the Thursday training session. One parent's feedback was, "Jeremy is extraordinary". Jeremy's cool and calm nature with the kids is testimony to his personality and encouragement.
Furthermore, in 2022, the club was able to secure a sponsor so all children can participate at Junior track training free of charge. I personally believe the sponsorship was mainly given in recognition of the efforts provided by Jeremy.
Off the track, Jeremy is always the first person to be available to chaperone any junior riders who may want to participate in the club's Saturday road racing. Along the way, teaching riding skills and providing encouragement until the child is ready to progress into graded racing.
Jeremy is an asset to NHCC. With over seven years of volunteering within the cycling club, Jeremy is a very deserving nomination for the AusCycling National Volunteer Recognition Program.

David ATKINS

David Atkins

Club: Central Australian Rough Riders
Volunteer Years: 8+
Nomination Information: David has been on the committee for at least the last four years - with the last two years being in an exec position. David's input has been critical for the successful running of the club. He spends a significant amount of time strategically planning and writing grant applications to ensure the club has a future. As a result, we have had a number of successful grants come through which have gone to areas of the club, such as Trail Crew, which now is running collaboratively with Parks and Wildlife NT. David was the brains behind our Sponsorship Application Policy when previously things were nonexistent and no recognition would go to anyone who had supported the club. On the ground, David has been the race director for one of our biggest national events (Easter in the Alice) spending considerable hours in the months of lead up, planning and preparing, and supporting others in their roles. David often puts his hand up to direct events if no one has stepped up, particularly if Juniors have registered or if there is a sponsor attached to an event. Even if it is late in the piece, Dave's organisation is superb and these events generally be a lot of fun. Hours spent on timing/results, marketing/advertisement, track marking/commissairing, providing entertainment, results - everything associated with an event. Whilst others generally put their hand up to assist Dave, the amount of time and effort put in by Dave is well above the average volunteer. He is passionate, he is committed, and he steps up to any role with ease. Without Dave, the club would be in a very different position. Other things worth noting, include him directing the 12hr Event for the last two or three years (one of our bigger events from 7pm-7am) with loads of organisation before and after on no sleep! He organised a first ever CARRboot sale - people could bring things they wanted to sell or swap to the Velodrome and it was a fun morning of checking out what people had and a lovely social event. One that will happen again. When Dave is also available, he gets on down to the regular Trail Crew sessions (running 8am-12pm) on a Sunday - 6 or so sessions a year. The knowledge gained from this has allowed him to build a 300m track on works land (St Philip's College) to make it more accessible for the students riding bikes in classes.

 

 

 

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