BMX mem­ber named Of­fi­cial of the Year

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

BMX

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.

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