“I’m not a person to twiddle my thumbs, I started and once I did… I couldn’t stop.”
The 2018 BMXA National Championships and the BAD BOY National Series was the perfect place for riders from around the country to compete and experience top tier racing. But that wasn’t the only experience the events provided.
Jody Davis from Beenleigh BMX Club is a proud mother with two boys, but her goal in 2018 was not just about her kids. The level three official wanted to go to every single national event and officiate – and she did just that.
“My son (Jai Moore) and I decided to go to Penrith for the first round of the national series, Davis said.
“He hadn’t been racing much and he decided to go just for fun. Afterwards he told me he wanted to go every single round.
“Seeing as I was already doing that. He joined me, and we had the best time,” Davis said.
Davis has been part of the Queensland club since 2011. From the get-go, she put her hand up to begin her officiating career and prides herself on being a ‘doer’.
“I’m not a person to twiddle my thumbs, I started and once I did… I couldn’t stop,” Davis said.
“I began as the club registrar and soon became the vice-president and then president of the club. Later on, I moved into the committee of the South Queensland Zone and have been there for four years now.”
Venturing to every 2018 BMXA event for the sole purpose of officiating is a remarkable achievement and is something other members might aspire to do in the future.
Reflecting on the year, Davis has plenty of special memories.
“My favourite event as an official was probably Bunbury,” Davis explained.
“The national championships was so much fun and the quality of racing on a quality track was a great experience to officiate at.
“I also loved volunteering at Sat City in Darwin. We were really short of staff, but it just worked! We had a crew of girls who have all worked together before and it all just flowed, same goes for Tassie.
“As a parent, the boys and I loved Tasmania, but we also liked Perth and Darwin as well. I’m pretty blessed that the boys like to travel as much as I do.”
Even with all of the events they went to, Davis conceded that she wanted to do more and would’ve really loved to go to worlds.
“You do what you can, we love to travel, and we really wish we could’ve gone to worlds. But you can’t get to go everywhere,” Davis said.
Alongside enjoying the atmosphere, Davis’s decision to go to every round and officiate was for her own desire to pursuit her career. The only level three events she had done prior to this year were a couple of national championships.
Officiating has many perks and is a fantastic way to develop long standing friends around the country. Davis has loved every minute of her volunteer work and cannot stress the enjoyment and fulfilment she experiences enough.
“It’s definitely the friendships,” Davis said.
“You get to meet people, catch up with them and have life-long friends.
“There is also the interaction with the riders. I am from QLD and when you travel interstate, the riders love to see a known person watching over them or helping them, just a familiar face.
“My favourite person to work with is Michelle Darker. I have done a lot of staging with her and we have shared a lot of laughs.”
Sights for Davis are now set on the 2019 events around Australia. After having such a successful and enjoyable year, she cannot wait to do it again and has already booked herself in.
“Darwin has already been teed up. It’s during the school holidays and we loved going there this year,” Davis said.
“We always make holidays from the events and they seem to fit quite nicely with school.”
Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) for the 2019 BMXA BAD BOY National Championships and the BAD BOY National Series are open to officials! – CLICK HERE to get your name down.
(To officiate at a national event you must have State (Level 2) or above accreditation. Provisional State officials are also welcome to apply.)
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