Lo­cal club named state fi­nal­ist in out­door awards

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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.

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