Kingaroy Speedway wins highest honour
KINGAROY Speedway continues to prove itself as one of the best speedway clubs in the country.
The Kingaroy track was recognised as the Track of the Year at the Speedway Australia Awards in Adelaide on Saturday.
Club president Travis Barron said it was "outstanding and mind-blowing" for the club to receive the honour from a field of 34 nominees.
"It is recognition for all the hard work that has been put in by volunteers over the years," Barron said.
"We are very humbled for the South Burnett to be regarded as the best track."
Barron said Kingaroy stood out from its rivals, and the Kings Royal was a signature event that matched the high standard of the venue.
"The event that we have created to go along with it is getting a reputation as a Bathurst weekend for speedway, where people can camp at the venue and have their once-a-year catch up," he said.
"It is also the country atmosphere. The town does us proud with the way they treat the visitors and also the fans with how they support the town."
It is the third consecutive year the Kingaroy club has won an accolade at the Speedway Australia Awards, and the first time in 15 years a club has achieved this feat.
In 2018, the club won the innovation of the year award for online programs, and in 2017, Kingaroy was recognised as the most improved track.
Unlike some of its competitors, Kingaroy Speedway is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers, as South Burnett clubs and organisations join forces behind the scenes to help out behind the bars at each meeting, and in turn contribute to the speedway's success.
"We are a club-run track and everything we do goes back into the facilities and this shows that the work pays off and is amplified for the volunteers," Barron said.
Despite the recognition, Barron said the club would continue making improvements to the venue, as spectators and drivers now had the expectation there would be something different when they visited next.
During the off-season, construction of a new toilet block in the pipeline, and another shower block will be built in the future.
Barron said it was also important to keep improving the video quality and big screen to ensure the events could be watched by an international and domestic audience.