Veteran volunteer named in event’s hall of fame

RACV Energy Breakthrough long-time volunteer Bob Osborne has been inducted into the eventʼs hall of fame.

While the RACV Energy Breakthrough may not be at the forefront of people’s minds at this time of year, the ride is still high for volunteer Bob Osborne.

The event stalwart said he is honoured to become the Breakthrough’s second Hall of Fame inductee, after the late Norm Rasmussen was inducted in 2013.

The Maryborough resident has been involved in the Energy Breakthrough since its genesis in 1991 where he organised judges, catering and marshalling.

Now, 27 years later, Mr Osborne holds a similar role as he organised the judges and catering at last year’s four-day event.

“It is humbling. It isn’t done very often,” Mr Osborne said of the accolade.

“This is a result of team work. If you win an honour, it means you have got good people around you. Some people have been there for more than 10 years. All these people make the event a success.

“I want to acknowledge all the people who have been involved in it.”

Mr Osborne has seen the Energy Breakthrough grow from just 24 team entries from a handful of schools at its first event in 1991 to more than 300 entries today.

“Teams are getting faster but that has brought its own set of problems. In an age where we are trying to teach practicality, we must never forget that safety is paramount,” Mr Osborne said.

For more on this story see Page 10 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, February 13.

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