BMX member named Official of the Year
A PROSERPINE local has received a state-wide honour for her relentless commitment to BMX.
Proserpine BMX’s Julie Dries was acknowledged as the Queensland Female Official of the Year at the Queensland BMX State Dinner last month.
Each zone in the state nominated a representative before a round of finalists was selected. Dries, who has been officiating the sport for more than 10 years, was the pick of the bunch.
“I’ve officiated at club, zone, state and world level but it’s exciting to get recognised,” she said.
“My children have gone from seven all the way through. They’re no longer riding but I’m still officiating.” Dries said her “biggest kid” – her husband Vernon - was still an avid rider with the club, but despite her children (Dan and Alana) not being involved she continues to offer her time.
“It’s great to see the kids improve. The kids start age seven, now most of them are young adults,” she said.
Seeing children develop isn’t the only benefit the sport offers Dries, a zone treasurer.
“Through the sport we’ve met a lot of people all over Australia,” she said.
“We’ve been able to network so the kids have been confident in moving away from home through their experiences with BMX. We’ve been lucky as a family. We’ve travelled all over the world and officiated in every state, so it has been a good way of getting around Australia.” While volunteering can go unrecognised, Dries said she will continue to put her hand up for the good of local, young riders. “I really enjoy it,” she said. “You have your bad days as you do with anything but most of the time the kids are respectful. They give you a hard time but it’s all good fun.”
OUTSTANDING WORK: Julie Dries at Les Stagg Oval on Saturday afternoon.