(Courtesy of the Kalgoorlie Miner)

The Westrac Bunbury Geographe Gift has announced the appointment of Ross Johnson of Runner’s Tribe to the position of event coordinator for the 2020 event.

Taking over from former event coordinator Jo O’Dea, Ross will be responsible for managing all logistics for the 2020 event that will take place on February 29th – March 1st next year.

Tom Dillon, Bunbury Gift’s Chairman said, “We are extremely pleased and excited to appoint Ross Johnson to the role of event coordinator for the 2020 event. Ross brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for athletics into the role, which we believe is imperative to the growth of our event into one of the nations most recognised running races.”

“With a wealth of experience in promoting and managing athletics around Australia with his company Runner’s Tribe, Ross is the ideal fit for the role.”

With over 10 years of marketing and management experience as the co-founder of Runner’s Tribe, one of the world’s leading online athletics publications, Ross has made a career promoting Australian athletics to the world.

This year Ross assumed the role of Event Manager for the Leonora Golden Gift, one of Australia’s most iconic running races. The event management component included the organisation of the athletics program, entertainment which included a concert by Pete Murray, fashions on the field, kids’ activities and more. Alongside his team at Runner’s Tribe, Ross developed kids’ athletics workshops leading into the event that involved some of the best athletes in Australia working with school children in the remote Leonora community. The result was the highest attendance of youth athletes for the 2019 program.

Ross said, “I’m thrilled to be coordinating the 2020 Westrac Bunbury Geographe Gift. Working within athletics as an event manager is a dream career for me and joining the Bunbury Gift team is a new and exciting chapter in my life. Athletics is such a positive endeavour and an event such as the Bunbury Gift enables amateur to elite athletes of all ages to showcase, inspire and be inspired others doing what they love.”

“The first two-years for this young event were a great success due to the outstanding team behind the scenes. Together we will be looking to deliver the best event to date.”

“My main motivation is to help create a brilliantly delivered event which will vividly showcase Bunbury and Australian athletics. Furthermore, as in Leonora, I will focus on utilising the event to help youth to discover the power of athletics. My mission for over a decade, through Runner’s Tribe and now Leonora, has been to inspire, promote and to provide equal opportunities for elites, youth, and all age groups and levels.”

Ross commenced the role as of July 1, and will be reporting directly to the Bunbury Geographe Gift committee.