Rally sport icon Martin Quinn (right) will address tonight’s Coffsac meeting.
Rally sport icon Martin Quinn (right) will address tonight’s Coffsac meeting. Trevor Veale

WRC officer to address meeting

MEMBERS of Coffs Harbour Sports Advisory Council (Coffsac) will receive an update on the World Rally Championship at tonight’s special meeting.

Coffsac chief Phil Crofts has invited guest speaker Martin Quinn to make a presentation on the championship event, which is coming to the Coffs Coast in September.

“Martin’s official title is community engagement officer for the WRC and he is the perfect man to introduce all the benefits that will hopefully come,” Crofts said.

“While he’s a former rally driver of distinction, the talk will not be focusing on the driving itself.

“Rather, he is hoping to show how other groups can get involved in the event in a potential win-win situation of mutual benefit.”

One of the options Quinn is likely to discuss is the strong push to make this a regular event.

While this year’s scheduling is for one staging only, a successful promotion and community welcome will be major bargaining chips for future negotiations.

“The opportunity is there for local groups to become an integral part of the organisation,” Quinn said.

“There is a wide range of options to get involved and I look forward to meeting with the sporting community.”

Crofts stressed that all interested persons would be made welcome at the meeting.

“This is a great chance for locals to find out more about the event and how it might be able to assist local sport.

“WRC has been running a series of community information sessions but Martin’s talk tonight is specifically aimed at sporting groups.

“I urge as many as possible to get along to learn more.”

The Coffsac meeting will be held at Sportz Central in Bray Street, starting at 5.30pm.

For more information, contact Phil Crofts on 6652 5525.



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