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Official in Focus – Kelsey ShortFor our latest Official in Focus, Kelsey Short, the seemingly innocuous act of act of delivering drinks in a work role to the Toowoomba MCC block at Murphys Creek prompted a turn of fate.“I actually did a delivery from Coles out to the Toowoomba MCC club house about three years ago,” says Kelsey, and that was the start of my time as an enduro official.”“I’d previously only helped out in motocross, but when I met Nathan (Bond) and (current MQ President) Russell Bentley, they sort of convinced me to go out and have a look at the QORC round happening the next weekend.“And I’ve been sucked in ever since.”Now a disability support worker from Toowoomba, Kelsey holds accreditation for Level 3 enduro Race Secretary, Level 2 motocross Starter, Race Secretary and Clerk of Course, as well as a Level 1 Ride Secretary for trail ride.“So far I’ve worked at Cooby Dam and at the club block at Murphys Creek,” says Kelsey, “I’ve also done Aratula and Tivoli and doing QORC/AORC and JEDS.“Initially I was pretty daunted because I wasn’t too sure exactly how much responsibility I would have, but working with Nathan Bond makes everything easy. It’s all laid out in front of you, so you don’t have to think too much - I’ve got to give most of the credit to him.“But the whole atmosphere is totally different to motocross, it’s a very relaxed vibe and it’s family oriented. There’s a different feeling also because people aren’t actually competing against each other, they’re competing against the stopwatch. Some of the competitiveness is sort of projected differently… I don’t know how else to put it.“It’s also something you can do for a whole weekend to make a trip out of it if you want to.”Kelsey also likes the exposure to different officials. “Working with them all I get a different type of experience, different ideas with the way they do and see things, which all adds to my knowledge of how to make events run more smoothly.”“After I did QORC with TMCC, I started coming on board with JEDS (Junior Enduro Development Series) and JEDS tends to be my favourite - I really prefer to work with the junior kids and seeing them coming through and making improvements. Even though my oldest son is a senior that hasn’t changed at all, I still prefer to work with juniors. ... See MoreSee Less
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