Every January, hundreds of vollies turn up to lend their support to the organisation and running of the Road National Championships in Ballarat & Buninyong. Their contribution and sacrifice help make the five day festival of cycling a reality.
In honour of National Volunteer Week, we caught up with two amazing volunteers who helped out at RoadNats this year.
Wayne Scanlon (pictured above second from the left top row), has been volunteering with the RoadNats team for the last three years. An integral part of the squad he is always willing to lend a hand, and have a laugh.
We caught up with him to find out a little bit more about why he loves to volunteer at RoadNats!
Wayne, why do you volunteer at cycling events?
Because it’s fantastic to see the elite athletes, and try to understand their tactics, right through to the para-cyclists trying to achieve their goals.
What's your favourite thing about volunteering
Without volunteers great events like Cycling Australia wouldn’t be able to put on such a great event like the Nats, but it also supports the local economy.
It’s also a great chance to meet other like minded volunteers, and it’s fantastic the way we as volunteers are greeted and supported in the way we carry out our jobs!
Cycling Australia is sincerely grateful to the thousands of hours volunteers dedicate to cycling to make it a reality, Please join us in thanking all the volunteers who give up their time to help make our sport great.
As the country celebrates National Volunteer Week, Cycling Australia would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers who give their time to keep the wheels of our great sport turning across Australia.
The contributions and sacrifices of thousands of volunteers across our hundreds of clubs, events and the Australian Cycling Team, ensure our cyclists, participants and spectators can share in and enjoy our great sport.
The theme for National Volunteer Week 2020 is “Changing Communities. Changing Lives” and it is clear that we have many unsung heroes who are doing just that across the country.
Lawrence Hill is a longtime supporter of cycling and has been volunteering in cycling for nearly ten years and has contributed to the success of such events as the Federation University Road National Championships, Jayco Herald Sun Tour and the Tour of Gippsland.
Amazingly, “Lawry” has also volunteered for 55 years with the Country Fire Authority (CFA).
Besides having the best seat in the house while he helps ensure some of Australia’s biggest cycling events run smoothly, Lawry loves the social aspect which comes with volunteering.
“I love to meet the interesting people we do it with like the other volunteers and the staff who put it all together. Meeting new people and making new experiences.”
And when asked what he would say to encourage someone to get involved and volunteer?
“Just do it! You’ll love it.”
To Volunteer at the 2021 Federation University Road National Championships, head to the event website for more information https://www.roadnationals.org.au/.