MQ event & volunteer announced as QSport finalists

MQ event & volunteer announced as QSport finalists

Author: Media/Wednesday, November 16, 2016/Categories: State News

Motorcycle sport is set to be represented on the main stage at the 2016 Queensland Sport (QSport) Awards, with two Motorcycling Queensland (MQ) finalists announced in separate awards categories.

Set to take place on December 8, the QSport Awards annually recognise the  outstanding achievements  of  Queenslanders  each  year  in sport.

Mackay’s 2016 Grasstree Beach Races has been selected as a finalist for the Event of the Year category. This award recognises an event “that can be considered to have achieved a standard of excellence greater than that of other sporting events during the same period”.

The Grasstree Beach Races is an iconic event in Queensland, with nearly 90 years of history behind its name. Gum Valley Veterans and Natural Terrain Motorcycle Club stepped in to run the event this year, following two years of absence from the Motorcycling Queensland calendar.

The Grasstree Beach Races is the only legal beach racing event in Australia, and event organisers have faced major hurdles to get the race permitted by local authorities. Following the success of this year’s event, Gum Valley has been approved to run the Beach Races at Grasstree Beach for the next five years.  

Motorcycle sport was also represented in the Queensland Sport Volunteer of the Year category, with Central Queenslander Debbie Douglas being selected as a finalist.

Debbie is a tireless volunteer for Motorcycling Queensland who currently holds the position of Secretary and Women’s Representative on the Enduro Subcommittee, and a position on the Central Queensland Off-Road Committee.

She has also been recently selected as MQ’s Central Queensland Regional Consultant, and is charged with assisting 11 clubs in her local area with everything from council issues, to Come ‘n Try days and coaching clinics.

Debbie is constantly promoting Enduro, and more generally motorcycling, on the Central Queensland Enduro and Enduro Queensland Facebook pages. She has travelled interstate to support Queensland Enduro Teams, all at her own expense.

Debbie was recognised for her efforts within the sport at the 2015 Motorcycling Queensland Awards Night, where she collected the President’s Volunteer of the Year Award.  

Motorcycling Queensland General Manager Kim Rowcliffe says that it’s a huge achievement to even be selected as a finalist for a QSport Award.  

“The awards recognise everything from grassroots sports events right through to Olympic teams,” he says.

“QSport is a fantastic place to showcase motorcycling, and we couldn’t have picked a better event or volunteer to represent our sport.”

Click here to view all of the announced finalists. The QSport Awards Night will take place in Brisbane on December 8, where winners for each category will be announced. 


(Image of Beach Races thanks to David Lovi, Image of Debbie Douglas thanks to Troy Pears)

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