Cooloola Coast Kart Club’s Kym Coomber has finished organising the Race for Daniel and moved straight on to the Rotax pro tour that will bring Australia’s best 125cc drivers to compete in Gympie.
Cooloola Coast Kart Club’s Kym Coomber has finished organising the Race for Daniel and moved straight on to the Rotax pro tour that will bring Australia’s best 125cc drivers to compete in Gympie. Craig Warhurst

Coomber loves driving race meets

Q. How long have you been with the kart club?

A. It has been six years.

Q. How did you come to be involved in the club?

A. We were there from the start. My husband Dale sold our boat and bought a kart in 2004.

At the time we were travelling to Bundaberg Kart Club before Cooloola was built.

I went to my first general meeting at Cooloola and ended up volunteering as the canteen convenor in 2006. In 2007 I was voted in as treasurer and became the secretary in 2008 until 2010 and then I became president.

Q. Are you still the president?

A. No my husband Dale took over that role in November. I was offered the state licensing role which meant I had to take a step back from the club on a management level. The club saw the need for the organisation to have a fulltime promotions officer and I took that role on.

Q. I saw you were still in the canteen on Sunday. Are you still the canteen convenor?

A. Yes. I am still there organising stock, workers and the general running of the canteen as well as being the promotions officer and race secretary at race meetings.

Q. How did you come up with the idea of Race for Daniel?

A. I have wanted to run a charity event for a quite a few years now. Dale and I took our daughter Lauren to a female-only race meeting at Lithgow.

It is an annual charity event to raise money for breast cancer. I witnessed first hand the great work you can do at charity events. We thought about running something similar in Gympie but there are not enough females racing in Queensland to make it work. I knew we could do something bigger and better to make it a success.

Then a member came to me after a race meeting one day and said we should run a charity event for children and the idea of a Race for Daniel came from there.

Q. When was that?

A. That was in September 2011.

Q. So you got the ball rolling pretty quickly?

A. Yes. We didn't stop from the minute the idea was born. It was just go from there. Our first point of contact was the Daniel Morcombe foundation to see what sort of event we could run.

The foundation sent me through all the requirements for the event. It didn't take much after that to get sponsors involved, especially after The Gympie Times Go Kart Challenge. Every one just went crazy. After that the inquiries started coming to us.

Q. So you had a lot of good sponsors?

A. Absolutely, Craig from Harrington Doyle Racing, our naming sponsors for the event, was fantastic with event media and promotion. I have learnt a lot off him. There are too many other great sponsors to list.

Q. What is next for the club?

A. Monday we started organisation for the Rotax pro tour that is coming to Gympie on March 23-25. It is a premier event in Australia.

 

Player profile

Name: Kym Coomber.

Age: 37

Born: Gympie born and bred.

Favourite food: Anything but tuna.

Favourite TV program: Dexter.

Favourite music: Whatever my kids listen to, that's the only choice I have.

Sport you would volunteer for if not karting: Just karting, we eat, breathe, sleep, walk and talk karting.

Funniest moment in sport: Every day something funny happens but they are usually dangerous like a wheel falling off or something. Funniest moment on the weekend was the Lamborghini on the track at the Race for Daniel and the faces of the kids after they got out of the car, it was priceless.

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