Award up for grabs for club volunteer

RECOGNITION: Tracey Tunstall after winning MQ Volunteer of the Year in 2016.
RECOGNITION: Tracey Tunstall after winning MQ Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Rhiannon Tuffield

MOTORCYCLE SPEEDWAY: Kingaroy's Tracey Tunstall has been nominated by Motorcycling Queensland as a finalist for the QSport 2017 Queensland sport administrator of the year award.

Tunstall became involved in the Kingaroy Junior Motorcycle Speedway Club in its inaugural year in 2014.

She has since grown a passion for speedway and believes her different background and not having children involved in the sport has been an advantage.

She was approached by the clubs president Simon Rogerson who recognised that Tunstall's administration experience from Kingaroy Junior Soccer Club could be beneficial to the club.

"I think the fact that I don't have a personal interest is good in that people cant say you're only in it to benefit your kid and coming from not being involved in the sport I have seen how things could be done better,” she said.

"I am astounded at what these young kids can do on a motorcycles that don't have breaks and don't have gears.”

Tunstall was surprised yet honoured to nominated for the annual awards which are coordinated by QSport as the state government recognised and supported industry peak body for the sport sector in Queensland to recognise the outstanding achievements of Queenslanders each year in sport.

"I do what I do with speedway, the club and Motorcycling Queensland to help where I can and hope that it benefits all riders - young, old, new and seasoned to give them the opportunities to ride at the levels they want,” she said.

"I'm very honoured and surprised that Motorcycling Queensland have nominated me for the QSports award - it's very special.”

Tunstall is club secretary and race secretary of the Kingaroy club and was instrumental in securing the Under 16 championships in Kingaroy earlier this month.

This year she accepted the role of chairperson of the MQ Speedway subcommittee and is encouraging of this group of like-minded individuals to now meet monthly to ensure that riders, officials, spectators and supporters receive a top end product of race meetings, development and engagement which has not been seen for some time.

President of the Kingaroy Club, Simon Rogerson, said her positive attitude and administration experience ensure the club runs smoothly.

"Because she hasn't been involved for a long time she has different ideas that she brings to the table and I think people appreciate that,” he said.

Tunstall will attend the awards in Brisbane on November 30, 2017.

Topics:  kingaroy junior motorcycle speedway club motorcycling queensland

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