Josh started racing back in late 2009 with the help of the junior dragster God father Kerry Boyde and a few years later his brother Kyle started and they shared the same car. One junior challenge in Warwick Dragway he got to run the Boyde family car and got the chance to race his brother. In his junior career He has managed 2 runner ups in that time. This year brings an end to his time running the Purple J (his Mum Margerat named it that) and his final event will be the Sportsman National event at Willowbank in December. He will still be around juniors in the future as his little cousin Ashleigh still competes.
Members, families, sponsors and visitors of the West Coast Junior Dragster Association. Thank you for the privilege of becoming the President of your association. It is certainly an honor and all of the past committee members and presidents have done exceptionally well to foster our children and racers to be the very best they can be; not only as racers, but people as well. I have been extremely fortunate to be involved in the sport in many aspects; volunteer, ANDRA DC member, crew, friend to many participants but most importantly a father of a junior dragster driver for which I take extreme pride. The sport has given me a lot of great memories; a wife and children, lifelong friends, but also sadness and loss. Such journeys in life are common with everything we do however sharing a common goal as racers, parents, members and sponsors of this great association helps us enjoy the highs, and help each other through the lows. I don’t wish to touch too much on the last 12 months, except to say that everyone has had their own personal journeys to take and during this time it has been extremely difficult. The journey never ends and no one’s journey is the same, and I as well as all of us wish things could be different. To all that have been there during this tough journey I thank you for supporting each other when needed and also as a father helping my children through this. The most important thing regardless of anything is family and this period has certainly reiterated that. Moving into this new period there are several items that must be dealt with quite promptly. In the coming weeks we will email out a revised constitution for review as a well as a one page highlight to indicate the changes for those not wishing to read the whole document. This is a legal requirement to fall in line with the Association Act of 2015, however we have made some changes due to the age of the original document in line with technology changes, but also based on input and changes in circumstances since the original creation. We openly seek feedback and have engaged some of the founding members of the association to ensure that it aligns with their vision of the association. Once the period of review has taken place we will consider all of the comments and modify as required. This will then follow a shortened review process and then we will advise a date and location of a special meeting to vote on the new constitution. One important addition I will touch on is the inclusion of a Graduation Membership. This is to follow on from the instigation of the mentoring role introduced by the former committee. The graduation membership intends to encourage aged out drivers to become a part of the committee (either executive or general) if they wish to. This intends to give a pathway and life skills to racers who wish to learn about the sport and association from a higher level. The membership is complimentary upon application and acceptance. I personally believe that our sport develops some of the most respectful, pleasant and accepting graduates and I would love to be able to offer on behalf of the club a skillset to be used in career attainment and development. To the new committee that has nominated to keep the club sustainable I can’t thank you enough. Our shared goal is to ensure that the kids have an enjoyable experience and can feel proud of themselves and each other. As we all know the next twelve months are going to take a lot of hard work and I ask you all on behalf of the new committee to share our passion, positivity and drive to once again hit the ground running when the time comes to race again. Personally my goal for this year is to encourage all racers to be a part of the association. I will work with you all; volunteers, parents, racers and sponsors to ensure our vision is maintained and will endeavor to be open and transparent in all of my dealings and also ensure the committee shares the same view. I will engage the members to see what you want from me and the committee and we will discuss and work through concerns but also share your ideas with the wider audience. Ideas will be ranked by effort, time, cost and reward to get the easy wins in place quickly and if required dedicate resources for the bigger ticket items The association is only as successful as the members want to make it. I was approached to nominate for the role of President and without the belief that the association has a real chance at being what we all want it to be and achieving it I wouldn’t have taken the liberty of nominating. Over the life of the association there have been periods of growth, but also periods that haven’t been ideal. We are still going so it’s a testament to your passion and also the work put in by the first committee to have a solid foundation. Having attended the Junior Dragster Nationals in Mildura with another four club member teams I was extremely proud at the conduct and presentation of the five teams. We were welcomed openly by all participants (although probably not as warmly next year as Dylan took their trophy back to WA). The sportsmanship, friendships, comradery and respect shown by all teams made me proud to have selected this sport to participate in. We as a team formed new friendships that will grow as our career does. This is the essence of our bracket and what we as an association can be. I have opened up communication with many other families expressing an interest to coming to WA to race and as an association this aligns with our mission statement to encourage, welcome and assist with their participation. I have also contemplated the fact that members may not wish to rejoin the association. All I ask is that you give me and the committee a chance to find the common issue themes and improve or change the way things are done. We are open to feedback and sharing great ideas, but like all people we try our best and can’t please everyone. Please consider your audience; be not emotive and personal with your feedback and engagement. To transition forward the new constitution has been tweaked to give some clarity around gray areas and this may alleviate some of your concerns. Externally to the constitution I have developed job roles with reviews having been completed for all executive committee positions as well as a delegation of authority if an executive member is away for an extended period of time. These have been created to ensure accountability and transparency to not only those holding the positions but also the association. It has taken a fair bit of effort to do this but it is a necessity and sets the year and future years up for success. As I mentioned I have faith that we can come together and enjoy the sport and all it has to offer. To the old committee thank you for your tireless efforts in a truly difficult time. To the new committee thank you for having faith in myself and the sport to nominate for and accept the positions and to all of the members, sponsors and families that are a part of this wonderful sport I can’t thank you enough for sticking with us the “West Coast Junior Dragster Association”. Any questions or comments please feel free to contact me via email (email@example.com) and I will do what I can to answer any queries Best wishes and regards – Doug Green