Local club named state finalist in outdoor awards
THE Whitsunday Mountain Bike club has been named as a finalist in the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Federation’s (QORF) Awards.
According to the QORF’s website, “the awards are an important means of recognising the size and diversity of the outdoor recreation community and industry and provide an opportunity for outdoor individuals and organisations to be rewarded and recognised for their contribution”.
The club was nominated in the Encouraging Participation in Outdoor Recreation for achieving significant success in encouraging participation through innovative programme development and marketing for the Dirty Molle Island Escape weekend.
“The Dirty Molle’s name came about through wanting to combine the joy of mountain bikers getting dirty riding off-road and also the use of South Molle Island the only National Parks Island in the Whitsundays to be open to mountain biking,” Whitsunday Mountain Bike Club secretary Chris Labes said.
“The programme is unique and encourages participation because there is no racing – it’s a social weekend where we have the option of riding and participants feel supported by a social group with the communal evening dinner on the Island cooked by the Whitsunday Mountain Bike Club. Kids are also encouraged as the riding on South Molle Island is safe and easy for every age and ability – this year’s youngest participant was eightyears-old and with a little help from his dad, he rode the whole way.”
The awards will be held in Brisbane on October 31.
AWARD FINALISTS: Dirty Molle Island Escape organisers Samantha Sorley, Leigh Smith, Bob Clanfield, Michael Sorley, Dave Morris, Chris Labes and Jason Whitham. Whitsunday Mountain Bike Club has been nominated for the QORC awards in Brisbane later this month.