Beauty of volunteerism illustrated

Track Fest experience leaves volunteer feeling good about efforts

Recently I volunteered at Track Fest, an event organized by the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1994  Commonwealth Games.

As a longtime participant and supporter of sports in our community, I often attend weekly summer races at the velodrome located at Westshore Parks and Recreation, and I’m always amazed at the speed and skill that these cyclists exhibit.

However, this summer was extra special as I witnessed an overall increase in ridership with a significant increase in junior riders who are provided top-notch coaching. Consequently, I had no hesitation putting my name forward as a volunteer.

I must say the event was all I expected it to be and more. With riders attending from up-Island and the Lower Mainland, the competition was fast and electric. The atmosphere was festive and friendly with music, food tents, and even a beer garden situated right above the finish line.

As a volunteer I was fed and hydrated all weekend and at the end of the event was presented with a gift card to a local coffee shop and an event T-shirt. How cool is that?

Also, as it turns out many of the officials who ran this event also attend and volunteer at other cycling events throughout Victoria and have done so since before the 1994 Commonwealth Games.

Pretty impressive.

The officials and other volunteers are so passionate and committed in their efforts to promote the use of this wonderful track racing facility we have in our community.

It is indeed a jewel. Everyone should check it out.

Ian Phillips

Langford

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