I am writing to you to provide an update on the COVID-19 Policy. In October we wrote to all members informing you that OMCC had taken a decision to open the club grounds and how we were aligning to the current government requirements at the time. This obligated the club when it re-opened on the 24th October to verify vaccine certificates prior to members attending the club grounds.
As we committed to, the Committee’s position would be reassessed as vaccination rates within the community increased and the various state and governing bodies positions became clearer.
As you will no doubt appreciate, the government requirements have been a moving target of what rules apply as the population has continued through the various 70%, 80% and 90% vaccination thresholds.
As well as the Vic Government, we also run under AMA affiliation that provided guidance on this issue however this was applicable in QLD only and we’ve been waiting for Victorian guidance before moving on this.
After communication with the AMA in the last week, I am pleased to announce the following change with immediate effect.
Avoid interactions in enclosed spaces (Club rooms, Kitchen, Toilets).
Act quickly if participants, volunteers or organisers become unwell.
I am also aware some members would prefer unvaccinated members not attend the club however the Victorian Government vaccine mandates do not extend to community sport & recreation clubs now that the community vaccination targets have been met and this is consistent with AMA guidance.
I’ve been given feedback that the vast majority of our members are pleased with how the club has handled this tumultuous period, and for everyone’s sake we do hope the major impacts are now behind us. That said, we are aware there were a small number of members who were adversely impacted by these obligations over the last 3-4 months. For that the club extends its sympathy to the impacted individuals.
Targeted communication to members who have not renewed their membership will be coming out shortly. It is always normal to get some churn, and therefore we are pleased to report 7 new members have joined the club this year already.
A big welcome to our new members. Please make sure you make yourself known down at the club and welcome to the OMCC family.
Round 4 Summer Series – 19th Feb
The 4th & final round of the 21/22 OMCC Summer series is now open for entries. After a fantastic turn out at the 3rd round of about 50 competitors with recent ground works at the club allowing us to use some new areas. Feedback from Rd 3 suggests we got the section difficulty level right for all but (T3) B grade in the last trial so we will attempt to maintain a similar level with some refinement on B grade.
A Grade (T2) please get your entries in early otherwise we will not set sections.
The series presentation day will be on the 20th March which is the same day of the working bee.
We have made a start on our next wave of ground works. The pile of dirt has been used to cover the tyres (nearly done!). And we’ve moved some rocks and logs arounds mainly focused on the North East corner of the trials park. We’ve had some rain to settle things in a bit and we even used them in the last Summer Series trial. Work will continue sporadically over the next couple of months based on volunteers availability and the club is grateful to have such capable volunteers with access to the necessary equipment to make all this happen!
If you have access to any of the following: large rocks, logs, transport for rocks and logs, and CLEAN soil…please let John Wilson and Craig Genner know.
As part of OMCCs commitment to our members there will be OMCC coaches on hand to help kids and beginner riders (up to C+ Grade) on Sunday 13th Feb. Training is free to OMCC Members. Day membership is available for $15 however priority is given to annual members.
There will be a group safety talk, followed by a split of the groups by ability and then sections will be set practiced.
Bring your petrol, electric of even a push trials bikes.
After lunch the kids may even have a treasure hunt! To register your interest, please contact: [email protected]
Happy new year to all our members and friends of the club. We are going to try and consolidate our communication to members going forward and provide multiple updates at once.
We’ve had a fantastic response so far for 2022 club membership however as a reminder can all members who are yet to renew their membership please do so at the earliest opportunity, and before their next ride at the club.
We are back with the first trial of 2022 with entries now open for R3 of the summer series. In recognition of the current COVID outbreak, we want to remind riders that the club will offer a refund to anyone who is unable to attend due to ill health.
Scores were a little high in the last round so we plan to address that this time and set things a bit easier. Also, A graders (T2) are encouraged to get your entries in early otherwise we will not set sections.
Winter series kicks off with the STR run Ranceby event on 6th March.
There will be a 5 round winter series run in conjunction with STR, with rounds 4 & 5 also being our AMA Vic Titles weekend.
We will also continue to run more training events as we have heard the feedback from our members that they really valued this last year. There may be some impromptu junior coaching as well.
There are 3 working bees at the club grounds this year, and it remains an expectation that our members contribute a small amount of time to keep our club looking good and grounds in good condition. The usual format is 2 hours of work followed by a BBQ lunch, then a ride in the afternoon. We have made a decision to run 3 this year, however members only need to attend two. Choose the two that work best for you; however the club will continue to monitor attendance.
Glenmaggie Easter Trial
We look forward to welcoming the return of many of our interstate guests again now that a lot of the border restrictions are being wound back. As a result, we are expecting this year’s event to be very popular.
Members are encouraged to help us with the working bee the weekend prior to set sections and do some clearing which we are told will be required.
More details to follow in the coming weeks.
Hoodies & Beanies
The club will be doing a new run of hoodies & beanies. Anyone who would like to place an order please contact Greg Chalmers so we can gauge numbers: [email protected]
Hoodies will be available in grey & black. Sizing runs slightly larger than usual, so it’s recommended to size down.
We are back with the first trial of 2022. Scores were a little high in the last round so we plan to address that this time and set things a bit easier. Also, A graders (T2) are encouraged to get your entries in early otherwise we will not set sections.
In recognition of the current state of COVID cases, if you are unable to attend due to illness, you will get a full refund to encourage riders to stay home if you become unwell.
If you are able to help observe please let us know.
Spectators welcome, dealers bikes will be on display, and join us for a BBQ at the end of the trial.
The OMCC Committee supports the government’s vaccination program, especially given the fact the full resumption of the activities of our Club and the broader community, are almost entirely dependent on vaccination rates. As a result, it is a condition of entry for anyone attending the Club to be fully vaccinated (subject to medical exemption, age eligibility).
Round 1: Sat 13th Nov 2021 Round 2: Sat 18th Dec 2021 Round 3: Sat 29th Jan 2022 Round 4: Sat 19th Feb 2022
Results have been published for Round 2 of the OMCC 21/22 Summer Series. Thanks to everybody who helped to make this event a great success. We hope you all enjoy your break and look forward to seeing you back for Round 3 on January 29th.
The AGM was held Sunday, and before we go into the new committee we would like to thank our outgoing president Peter Wines for his remarkable effort to help the club over the turmoil of the last two years. We are fortunate to have Peter willing to stay on as a general committee member so he will remain connected with the club, and his 15 years of service on the committee continues. Thank you Peter.
We are proud to announce Greg Chalmers was nominated as OMCC’s newest Life Member. Greg has worked tirelessly over the years since joining the club in a range of capacities. On top of his work on the committee he has been essential at running trials events including the Vic Titles, getting qualified as a Level 3 coach and official, and working on one event that required 5 weekends worth of effort to clear and prep prior to running a trial! Congratulations Greg.
Due to a reduced season, the committee nominated to do a reduced set of awards; congratulations to our award winners:
Mark Beechey Award (Highest Total Points in a season): Reece Chalmers
Most Improved Award: Simon Watts
An honourable mention on most improved goes to Matt Kerr who’s improvement this year has also been impressive.
Encouragement Award: John Kontsellis
President’s Award: Stan Mularczyk
We are pleased to announce our new committee which is as follows:
President: David Grice
Vice President: Peter Spencer
Secretary: Simon Watts
Assistant Secretary: Matt Kerr
Treasurer: Greg Chalmers
Ground Supervisor: John Wilson
Assistant Ground Supervisor: Craig Genner
General committee: Reece Chalmers, Peter Wines, Stan Mularzyk, Zac Mularczyk & Chris Grubb.
There are some departures as a result of the new changes and we would like to extend a big thank you to Grant Philips, Justin Stone Steven Carter and Les Pattinson for their efforts over the last year.
The club is very lucky to have such a supportive group of volunteers who are working to make the club a better place.