Cool Shade At Cooloola Coast Kart Club

press release

Last week the Cooloola Coast Kart Club implemented a long held ambition to grow even more effective shade opportunities for spectators and visiting competitors by installing 2 new large shade covers at the Club’s “Gympie Gold Raceway” in the lead up to the Cooloola Junior Gold event on Queen’s Birthday weekend (12th & 13th June, 2010).

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Above: View from the new spectating area shade cover installed at Cooloola Coast Kart Club's Gympie Gold Raceway
pic - Craig Doyle

“The new covers at the track in both the spectating area and the scrutineering areas were provided by a consortium effort from local club members, businesses and the Noosa Council" said Club Secretary Kym Coomber.

"We’re very grateful to all of those involved and we’re glad that we could effectively recycle these structures by re-using them.  Shade is easy to use as an effective strategy from staying out of the direct sun.  The new Shade Covers will help to reduce our customers’ overall exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and hopefully assist in the fight against skin cancer in Australia.”

Sun Smart Australia suggest that there are five ways to protect yourself from skin cancer; Slip! Slop! Slap! Seek! Slide!  That is;

  1. Slip on sun protective clothing that covers as much of your body as possible.
  2. Slop on SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen liberally to dry skin, at least 20 minutes before sun exposure and reapply every two hours when outdoors.
  3. Slap on a broad brimmed hat that shades your face, neck and ears.
  4. Seek shade
  5. Slide on sunglasses

Above: New scrutineering area shade cover at Gympie Gold Raceway
pic - Craig Doyle

The Cooloola Coast Kart Club is certainly doing its part to develop the Shade defensive strategy in a sport that requires drivers, crews and spectators to be outdoors for long periods of time over the course of up to 3 days most weekends.

“The new cover in the Spectating area is even better than we had first anticipated, as it is very tall and will eventually allow for the possibility to build grandstand seating under it in the future,” said Junior Vice President, Dale Coomber.  “We’re continually looking to improve the facilities here at the track where and when ever we can.  A new hot shower is being fitted at the moment for the upcoming Cooloola Junior Gold event in a couple of weeks.”

With camping allowed and free at the Cooloola Junior Gold event, a live band and dinner on Saturday night of the event, a new hot shower facility and 2 new shade covers for both spectators and competitors alike, the Cooloola Coast Kart Club is sending some clear messages to parents and race fans that it has the best interest of families at heart.

pic - Craig Doyle