Warwick man recognised for Games achievements
RECOGNISED for his exceptional performance at the Commonwealth Games, Warwick's Adam Cole has been honoured with an award of encouragement by the Salvation Army Emergency Services.
Working as the Queensland Emergency Services co-ordinator Mr Cole co-ordinate volunteer units to support events and logistics during the Gold Coast Games in April.
The award is nominated for a person or group who has performed excellent service throughout the year.
Mr Cole was shocked to have received the award and decided it was too much for one person to claim.
"It was a huge surprise, because we don't do this stuff for awards, we do it because we want to help people,” he said.
"I couldn't on good conscious accept the award on my self. Without the volunteers it wouldn't have happened.”
The award was spread across volunteer sites from Carindale, Bayside, Fassifern, Gold Coast and Warwick.
During the Commonwealth Games, Mr Cole worked with Rural Fire Brigades, SES services and the Red Cross to coordinate road blocks for marathon and cycling events.
Part of the service was providing meals to volunteers and the state coordinator said there was over 1200 meals served during the week.
"I was lucky to have my wife, Michelle, involved and making sandwiches or serving breakfast,” he said.
The week-long event took over two months of planning and coordinating with different departments, Mr Cole said.
Mr Cole has been with the Salvation Army Emergency Service department for 18 years.
"I'm not out on the barbecue as much these days, I'm normally out the back doing paper work,” he said.
"My role mostly revolves around supporting volunteers, trouble shooting any problems and making sure volunteers are equipped to perform their jobs.”