Hinschens awarded for service
PROSERPINE residents Leanne and David Hinschen were presented with merit awards for their outstanding and dedicated service to Athletics North Queensland.
The husband and wife team were presented with the awards at a special dinner ceremony in Townsville two weeks ago.
"It was a great surprise," Leanne said.
The Hinschens first joined the Whitsunday Athletics Club 12 years ago when they enrolled their daughters Katrina, Kimberley and Laura.
Since then they have undertaken a variety of coaching courses and have had the chance to officiate at local, state, national and international levels.
Leanne said her favourite event to officiate was horizontal jumps such as long and triple jump and pole vault.
"I probably don't like vertical events because I'm scared of heights," Leanne joked.
The couple have also had the opportunity to travel because of their duties, something Leanne said she didn't mind doing.
"You get to meet a cross-section of people from within Australia and across the world like New Zealand," she said.
Without people like the Hinschens who donate their time and efforts many aspiring athletes would not be able to compete at athletic meets and try their hand at varieties of sports.
"You don't do officiating for an award," Leanne said.
"You do it to help people and to keep events going."
For now the Hinschens are looking forward to hopefully officiating at the junior nationals in March and the opens in April next year.
"Our goal is also to be selected to work at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2014," Leanne said.