The Bicycle NSW Volunteer Awards Dinner took place on Friday, 17 May at the beautiful space at Aerial, UTS Function Centre with views over the city and ANZAC bridge we were very spoilt.
This awards dinner is to honour the volunteers, groups and organisations that have contributed so much to both Bicycle NSW and our volunteer management partner, Eventeamwork.
With over 160 people attending the event, including Bicycle NSW Board Members Graeme Edwards, Carolyn New and Royce Lee along with Cycling Australia CEO Graham Fredericks, Australian Paralympian Cyclist and TAD ambassador Jayme Richardson, Leisa Tague from the Eurobodalla Council, Tanya Mitchell from Body Torque, Bernard Hockings from Bikefest and Derek Mollison from the Bike, Lifestyle Show and all our fantastic volunteers, we were all ready for a great evening.
The evening got underway with our Master of Ceremonies, Robert Reid commencing the proceedings, followed by a formal welcome by Bicycle NSW Board Member Graeme Edwards.
The first awards to be presented include the Best Friendship Award won by life-long friends Gilbert Brogden, Frank Davis and Noel Carson. The next special mention award went to Yunus Zeed for the most events with Eventeamwork. Bicycle NSW charity organization TAD Disability Services also received a special mention award for their outstanding contribution to the community.
Our next award was for Most Spirited Volunteer Award, which Vicki Mavrofora proudly accepted. The Best Supporting Volunteer Award went to Ian Gallard for his fantastic work he has done to assist in the office administration and research for many of the events at Bicycle NSW. The Rookie of the Year Award goes went to Les and Maureen Robinson who only came to Bicycle NSW and Eventeamwork for the 2012 Spring Cycle and loved it so much they have been involved ever since, with Les taking on a team leader role for the Gear up Girl event in March.
Following a break with a delicious dinner, we were to celebrate the Volunteer Group Award, which had many great nominees for however was taken out by the Western Sydney Cycling Network who had bought along 12 people to the dinner. The Bicycle NSW Education Award celebrates an individual or group that has done an outstanding job in educating riders in all areas of cycling. Bike Wise was fortunate to win this award.
The Best Regional Bike event had many fantastic nominations however the Newcastle run Bikefest was the winner on the night. The Bicycle NSW Advocacy Award equally had very tough competition however the winner for this award was Rachael de Zylva from BikeGal. Rachael has done an amazing job with her website to provide education, information and inspiration with the specific aim of getting more women to cycle. Our last award before the big three awards was for the Cycling Industry Award. This award is presented to an organization that has contributed to the cycling community by making a positive impact on the way Bicycle NSW can engage with the general public. Park Bikes took out this award with their consistent commitment to providing strong community ties through their unwavering participation, service and passion.
The final three awards included the Bicycle NSW Team Leader of the Year, Eventeamwork Volunteer of the Year and the highly sought after Bicycle NSW Volunteer of the Year. The Bicycle NSW Team Leader of the Year award was won by Rob Kemp for all his work he has not only done for Bicycle NSW but for the various other involvements Rob has with CAMWEST, such as the organisation of Ride2Riverstone.
The Eventeamwork Volunteer of the Year goes to another very worthy winner in a field of serious contenders, Stephen Anderson won this award.
Which brings us the final award for the evening, the Bicycle NSW Volunteer of the Year award went to John Holstein. John was unable to attend the evening however Bicycle NSW CEO, Alex Unwin graciously accepted this award on John’s behalf. With such a long list of credits to his name, the ever humble John has a willingness to share his wealth of knowledge and roll up his sleeves to get the job done. John embodies exactly what we at Bicycle NSW stand for by engaging with a wide range of stakeholders to help create a better environment for cycling.
The evening finished with some well-earned dancing. It was a fantastic night had by all and the perfect way to celebrate all the wonderful volunteers who have dedicated so much time, energy and passion to make our events a success. On behalf of Bicycle NSW and Eventeamwork, thank you all for coming to this years’ awards dinner.
If you would like to volunteer with any of the Bicycle NSW events, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.