Feeling like he wanted to do more than cook snags on the BBQ – read up on our Official representing Australia in Baku.
The BMX world championships in Baku are less than a week away (June 5-9) and alongside our riders racing the best of the best, there’ll be another Aussie on the track representing the green and gold… but not on a bike.
Canberra’s Gary Pettett has had an outstanding 12 months in the world of BMX and to top it off, he will be representing his country as an official at the world championships.
Recently completing his Elite National Commissaire’s course (ENC), Pettett was nominated as the lucky Australian to officiate in Baku.
As part of the nomination, Pettett has arrived in Azerbaijan a week early to attend an International Commissaire’s Course alongside a wide range of other officials from their respective countries.
“I’m so honoured and completely stoked,” Pettett exclaimed.
“It’s not often that something like this comes around and it’s something that I’ll never forget.”
Pettett began volunteering in BMX over 10 years ago at his local club, Tuggeranong. While watching his children race during the ACT titles, Pettett was stationed on the BBQ cooking snags for three days.
“I kept thinking to myself that I could be doing more,” Pettett continued.
“I began to help out around my club and once the young fella and my daughter began to start doing events around Australia it sort of just snowballed from there.”
Throughout 2017, Pettett and fellow official Michelle Darker attended the National Officiating Scholarship Program at the Australian Institute of Sport in the ACT.
Consisting of workshops, the program brought together officials from various sports around Australia to further develop their skills. Read more about it HERE.
Recognised for their outstanding commitment as officials, the pair were awarded the ‘2018 BMXA Officials of the Year’ – Check out why they love what they do below!
It takes a willing person to put their hand up to volunteer as an official at BMX events and Pettett loves doing so.
Enjoying the challenge as an official, Pettett relishes the fact that his role enables riders to attack the track and assist in helping make the whole event run smoothly.
“Every role is different, and you never know where you’re going to be,” Pettett explains.
“You could be out in the middle, scoring or helping on the start gate and every role is key to ensure that the event runs as smoothly as possible.”
Pettett was an ENC during this year’s nationals and his role during the event was one of his greatest achievements. But it might have to make way.
“This worlds is definitely up there as being one of my greatest achievements to date, alongside the nationals in Bunbury.”
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the track on Friday and ever since my first worlds in Auckland in 2013, I’ve really wanted to take my officiating further.
“This is just a dream come true.”
Pettett will have a birds-eye view of all the racing in Baku, so who better to ask about how the Aussie riders will perform than a man who has watched them race all around Australia.
“Everybody wearing the green and gold is definitely in with a chance as long as they stick to their guns and do what they do normally,” he said.
“It’s a very used saying but anything can happen in BMX and it’s all about what you do about it on race day.”
We wish Gary all the best of luck as he represents Australia at the international level and we look forward to seeing him get the experience of a lifetime.
If you are interested in joining our amazing team of officials who continuously put their hands up to volunteer for events – why not read more about what they do and CLICK HERE!