COVID-19 DESTROYS HOPES OF MINI SEASON
The proposed 10 race “mini season” has today been cancelled due to the recent Covid – 19 outbreak across NSW and Vic.
Despite Covid numbers continuing to fall, the uncertainty the recent outbreak has caused to our event holders, event sponsors and you the members, it is unrealistic to continue investing time and money into what seems like an un-winnable situation.
The positive side to this story is our ambitious fund-raising attempt, driven by Tim Pickford and Darren McGuire, has raised a whopping $180,000.00 and while this can now be fully refunded to each donor, we would like to recognise and acknowledge each contributor for their very generous gift to the sport we love so much. The funds were to be utilised for insurance and for those who do not want the donation refunded at this point, it will be held in the account for that purpose when required.
For those who were not provided the opportunity to donate to our target of $280,000.00, we will provide a second opportunity for all members to participate prior to kicking off our 2021/2022 season.
In closing, this is not the end, more the start of thorough planning and consultation to make the 2021/2022 season the best one yet. Our newly formed Race Committee will be tasked with critical input into the new rule book, class and event formats. Our Safety Committee will also continue the important task of PPE development and work closely with Maritime Safety. The newly formed SRA Board will work to onboard new independent directors, to work with the head of states and clubs forum, to review our operations and to ensure our insurance is appropriate for our members.
Again, thanks for your patience and we look forward to sending out membership renewals for the 2021/2022 season, hopefully with a lot more clarity and stability for national sporting events at that time.
Yours in Ski Racing,