This year’s Motorcycling Western Australia’s Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Justin Shepherd from the Cranbrook and Districts Motocross Club.
Following a very strong list of 12 nominations submitted by their clubs, Justin was selected by the MWA board for his exceptional dedication to the construction of the new motocross facility at Sukey Hill, Cranbrook.
As the newly elected president of the club, Justin lead by example by building the initial track in just eight days (yes not a misprint – eight days) for it to be ready for a round of the South West Interclub series. Since then Justin has spent every weekend bar two working on the Greg Moss designed track.
In addition, Justin and his committee have worked with the local council to raise significant funds to construct the track, clubrooms and other infrastructure to ensure the new track at Sukey Hill becomes the benchmark in Western Australia.
President Peter Clark said of Justin’s efforts “This has been an enormous effort, and while we acknowledge that there are many others that contribute to the building and running of a club, that extra effort by an individual is inspiring to others”.
Justin, who is more of a doer and worker than a talker said of his Volunteer of the Year Award-
"Receiving this award which the majority of the Cranbrook Districts MCC committee and members deserve as a whole - there are a few key people who have pushed and supported me and I think we have built a great venue together. People have been envious of our shire support and I am thankful for the backing from the Cranbrook Shire. This MWA volunteer award - against great nominations, has given me the confidence and recognition from my peers that I'm doing a reasonable job in my role. Get down to Cranbrook and check out our track we are only 3 hours from Perth!"
Other nominations were:
Phoebe Meads – Supermoto – for marketing and promotion
Brent Jefferies – T&E - help set up, run, sweep and pack up all events the club has run.
Lynne Makin – Enduro Panel - Race Secretary at all 6 WA State Enduro Rounds, plus 2 interclub and club rounds.
Megan Hamer – AJS Trial – for being available and doing something at every event.
Dwayne Kings – Southern Cross – active participation in almost everything the club runs.
Lisa Gordon – SMCWA – runs club canteen and is always assisting wherever she can.
Wendy Austin – Pathfinders – coordinating events, organising observers and first aid
Paula Taylor – LWMCC - OC of flags who each meet tends to flag and never complains
Kendall Hill – Goldfields – key driver in successful Golden Wheel and all other events, tireless worker.
Holley Crowley – Beverley - currently volunteering at Beverly MX club, also jnr co ordinator of the WAMX,
Dan Robinson – Coastal– membership secretary this year and delivering all of the new facilities as a result of a government grant.
Photos by Gordon Pettigrew from the night can be found HERE ,and we appreciate the work by Gordon in making these available.
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Stay tuned for more information on our award winners through the course of the coming week.
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