Lots of mini racer parents
start off in the scoring chair, the canteen or holding a flag, but few people follow
beyond the volunteer path until it gets to the MQ board and the Sport
Anne Polsoni’s passion for the sport and willingness to contribute has drawn
her down that very path.
Her calm and thorough approach was a major rebuilding force behind the
rejuvenation of the SEQ Junior MX series, and the extra perspective she brings
from experience in sports outside of motorcycle racing makes her an invaluable
addition to the motorcycle racing fraternity.
Firstly Anne, how did you get
to this point? What was your path into and through the sport, and ultimately,
to your current gig? I have always been involved with helping with my
children’s sports whether it has been Netball, Rugby League, Little Athletics
and of course motorcycling. My son started riding at Kilcoy club 15 years ago
and it wasn’t long before I was asked to lap score – my kids tell me that “no”
is not part of my vocabulary. Manual lap scoring eventually moved to race
secretary for club days then to the club needing a Level 3 Race secretary to
run their Ironman event and a few years later decided to have a go at
organising the South-East Qld Junior MX Series. The last couple of years has
included the challenge of being a board member of Motorcycling Qld while still
helping a few clubs out as Race Secretary.
What specific areas of motocross excite you the most? Motocross is such a fast-paced sport in which
many things can go wrong, so it leaves you on the edge of your seat (or in my
case, can’t sit down at all) and holding your breath until that chequered flag
comes down. There is nothing better than seeing riders on the track battling
and changing position in close racing and then coming off the track to
congratulate each other on their racing skills.
What part of the sport would you most like to see growth
in? I would love to
see more motorcycle sport televised. I think motorcycle racing is the most
exciting sport to watch and don’t understand why all Australian racing isn’t
Just like a rider, officials experience the highs and
lows of dealing with the sport and its people, only without the thrills or the
prizemoney! What keeps you involved in motocross? I have made some great friends
through motocross and it has become a big part of our family’s social life.
Who is the person who taught you the most about the
sport? I have learnt
a lot watching my son progress through the sport, from 50cc Demo through to Pro
grade and also coaching. Yvette Robinson taught and helped me out learning the
ropes as Race Secretary; she was super organised and knowledgeable and always
willing to help.
Where do you most like to watch motocross? I enjoy watching racing from the
sideline. Even after all these years I still get anxious watching my son but I
have to be there and if I am not there are many phone calls to check if he is
ok. Unfortunately, being race secretary I do miss a lot of the racing.
What’s your take on the females you encounter in the
determination of the females in this sport is an inspiration. They are tough
and have enormous spirit to get back up if they have a fall. I love watching
Charli Cannon or Chelsea Carter getting into battles with the males on the race
track for top spots.
Do you ride? If so give us a little bit about your riding
background. I do not
ride - 2 wheels is not for me. I am only a danger to myself. The quad bike is
my style – slow and steady – I will leave the riding up to my family.
Who inspires you the most in the sport? The dedication of parents in this
sport never ceases to amaze me, whether it’s financial, time put into racing,
training and travelling to emotional support for their kids.
What are your goals for 2018? My biggest and greatest commitment this
year is to the running of the South-East Qld Junior Series. My goal again is to
grow this series while keeping it fun. I also want to keep attending a few club
day events to keep myself up to date with issues that can be relayed to the
board of MQ, to keep them in touch with the families in this great sport. I
will be assisting in the running of a dirt track meeting later in the year,
which I enjoy just for something different. Even though I am
predominately from motocross I’m also part of the Sports Development committee,
so I would like to continue to learn more about other disciplines.