“Many hands make light work,” this was the key message ten-year veteran volunteer official Claire Ford specified when she detailed her BMX experience.
Claire Ford of the Jingili BMX Club in the Northern Territory became an official ten years ago when her daughter Yasmin started the sport.
Ford told us, “I started officiating in the first month and have done it ever since. Once you start it’s like a vortex, you can’t stop!”
In her ten years, she has developed as an official advancing to level one in her first year, before qualifying as a level two official and more recently completing her level three.
“It’s easy with the more experience you get and highly rewarding as you can progress and develop yourself,” Ford said.
While Ford was progressing as an official, her daughter Yasmin was making a name for herself, taking the 14 years girls national series title in 2019. Check out one of her finals below.
Ford said as an official you could end up anywhere around the track to watch your children race and that her favourite aspect of the job was the camaraderie.
“The chance to meet fantastic new people and be a part of the BMXA team is extremely rewarding,” Ford said.
“On top of that there are chances to be rewarded for your progress and continue to better yourself.”
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