MQ officials announced as finalists at QSport Awards

MQ officials announced as finalists at QSport Awards

Author: Media/Thursday, October 29, 2015/Categories: State News

Motorcycling Queensland is pleased to announce that three of our officials and volunteers have been listed as finalists for the 2015 QSport Awards.

Sport Officiator of the Year – Tom Williams

Tom Williams is again a finalist in the Sport Officiator of the Year, for his official roles at the Moto GP, World Superbikes and Australian Superbike Championship.

He is one of only two officials in Australia to hold Clerk of Course Road Racing credentials for FIM, and to maintain this status, he must travel to Geneva, Switzerland annually for ongoing training.  

Williams has been a motorcycling official for over 20 years, and this is the second time he has been named a finalist for this prestigious award.


Sport Volunteer of the Year – Terry Wellsteed

The chair of Motorcycling Queensland’s Officials Review Board (ORB) Terry Wellsteed has been announced as a finalist in the Sport Volunteer of the Year Award. In his role on the ORB, Wellsteed is responsible for overseeing the training, grading, review and discipline of all registered Motorcycling Queensland Officials.

Wellsteed goes above and beyond in his role, acting as a mentor / counsellor for many officials. He steps in and helps out whenever difficult opportunities are presented to officials.

Wellsteed volunteers as an official himself, and has supervised at least 10 events this year, and has travelled the state to carry out track inspections on behalf of Motorcycling Queensland. 

Sport Administrator of the Year – Julie Maeyke

Gladstone District Dirtriders Club Secretary Julie Maeyke was successful as a finalist for Sport Administrator of the Year. In her role, Maeyke has coordinated three major interclub events already this year, and has been instrumental in the club bidding for rounds of the Queensland Motocross Championship and the National Motocross Championship in 2016.

Maeyke’s fundraising and grant expertise has seen the club obtain a tractor and slasher in 2015, a bobcat, a $35,000 grant to build and new machinery shed and more.

She is also the secretary of Central Queensland Motorsports, and has played a major role in the development of a $32,000,000 Master Plan by the local council to develop the Motorsport precinct over the next 20 years.

The Motorcycling Queensland Board and staff congratulates all finalists, and wishes them the best of luck at the QSport awards. To be nominated for an award, let alone listed as a finalist, is a huge achievement.

A special mention must go to Barry Newton, who was nominated for Service to Sport, but unfortunately missed out on being listed as a finalist. Many officials across Australia have Barry’s number on speed dial because of his knowledge, experience and ability to explain what is needed under any situation in a way that provides comfort and assistance to the individual seeking help.

The QSport awards will be held on Monday, 30th November 2015 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.


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