Daily dedication to rural sport recognised
TRIATHLON: Mick Gray was going through his routine cool down after racing an Olympic distance triathlon in Moreton Bay when he heard his name get called out to get on the podium.
That is because Gray was the recipient of the 2019 Triathlon Queensland Regional Volunteer Award.
Gray said the award caught him entirely by surprise but he was very flattered to win.
"To be honest I'm pretty gobsmacked to be bestowed with the award,” Gray said.
"I wasn't aware of the nomination, some of the sneaky club members nominated me.”
Gray got involved in triathlons in 2013 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament playing for the Roma Echidnas.
"It was during my rehabilitation that I took interest in the sport and ever since I have put the hours in for the love of the sport and to the commitment of getting more and more people involved and seeing our Maranoa club flourish,” Gray said.
"I accepted the award on behalf of all the volunteers statewide who keep the sport and clubs functioning for the betterment of triathlon.
"I know there are hundreds if not thousands of volunteers throughout all the clubs in rural and remote Queensland and they do just as much if not more than me.”
Gray said his dedication ebbed and flowed throughout the season.
"You can't really count the hours,” Gray said.
Heading into our off-season traditionally over the winter months it can get quiet but during the tri season it's every day.
"Whether it is online through social media, liaising with sponsors, helping newcomers with training and volunteering on race days.
"But we do it because we love it.”