Anyone who is associated with a club knows how important volunteers are in the establishment and running of all facets of its operations.
The West Oz Quarter Scale Speedway Association is not a huge club compared with others but there are some
particularly time consuming and specialised tasks to carry out before, during and after our race meetings. The importance of track preparation, without which we cannot race, is sometimes underestimated.
Those who are not familiar with speedway track
surfaces may not be aware that it relies a lot on weather conditions, requires many days of manicuring, watering, rolling and countless laps on a grader to get it to racing condition. This of course is done by volunteers whom miss many meals with their families
and spend weekends getting the venue ready for the members to roll up and have fun on a Saturday night.
Also, we all equire nutrition; the odd sweet delight and of course that well needed tea or coffee. We are fortunate at West Oz that our canteen facilities
provide all members, volunteers and fans with the best of snacks and refreshments at good old-fashion prices. Obviously this requires a team of volunteers to dedicate their time many hours before and after the racing to feed us all. Anyone who has waited in
the line in the heat of a West Aussie summer would appreciate that temperatures can get pretty warm in the kitchen - thank goodness we have the generous and dedicated canteen team to make sure we are not left hungry.
To run a speedway event there needs
to be officials. Imagine trying to run a meeting without stewards, gate officials, timing controllers, flag wavers and a race director? There roles are not easy and cannot be undertaken by just anyone. Often thankless, they are responsible positions that all
provide a necessary part in our events. Again, thankfully there are volunteers who do their bit for the club without a mention of complaint.
These example are only some of what needs to be done on and around raceday at West Oz.
Last but not least
there is the committee. Elected volunteers who take it on themselves to control and administer the vast number of different issues required to run a club. The list of which is endless and decisions are not always easy. The value of anyone who volunteers as
a committee member should never be forgotten.
To everyone who has played their role, no matter how small, can feel proud that you have assisting in making 'OUR CLUB' tick. There were some special efforts that we would like to acknowledge for their dedicated
work during the 2017/18 season.
In no particular order: Lyn Elder - Catering Manager; Alastair - Race Control;Terry Richards - Pit Gate Marshal; Maxine Anderton - Canteen; Tim Tryhorn - Race Control; Greg Cowie, Phil Mansfield -
Trak Prep; Guido Versaico - Fundraising; Grouds Maintenance - Scott Elder ( Scotties Mowing and More ); Sponsors Liaison - Gavin Long; Photography, Social Media / Webmaster - John Summerfield.
Thank you all!