All sport events are in two ways – non-competitive or competitive. It depends on how you choose to practice/play them. For example, playing golf can be a very competitive sport, but going to hit the ball at the driving range is not.
Riding bikes is so non-competitive, but riding the same bike in a gruelling competition such as Tour de France can make it very competitive. In simple terms, sport is not other than what you make of it. How you as a participant choose to practice the sport event ultimately determines its competitive or non-competitive level.
Even in a global sport event such as Motorsport Australia, there are some Non-Competitive types of event, which include: Ride/Media/Sponsor Day, Off Road Test & Tune, Come & Try Events, Rally Test & Tune, Speed and Non-Speed Practice and Non-Competitive Drift Practice/Speed/Circuit Test & Tune. But unlike some other kinds of Non-Competitive events, these are well regulated by rules and officials.
For any intending participant, there must be a granted permit – which comes by way of forms. These Event Application forms include Medical plans, details of the event, its description, as well as any other supplementary regulations.
In the Event Permit Application, the details of the Event Organiser is covered. Important details such as the title, type, location, start and end date of the event are enclosed. Different officials are kept in charge of the event management and coordination. The two chief officials in Non-Competitive events are the Clerk of the Course and the Chief Scrutineer.
Then, there is the Medical Team. A plan must be put in place to ensure the safety of lives in case of accidents during these events. The stationing of these medics is also covered in a permit for Non-Competitive Events.
In addition, the details of the Venue Response is also put into consideration. Questions directed as to how capable the Medical Response Plan is and more importantly, where it is to be situated.
The venue is checked for the availability of a temporary or permanent medical station. Checks for mobile phone coverage are carried out. A Patient Transport Vehicle is as well checked to be in place before a permit is granted.
Moreover, communication is the only way information can spread, they say. The measure or method of communication between the Clerk of the Course and the Medical Centre head must be in a perfect condition. And in situations where a Patient Transport Vehicle is in place, it is also considered before you can get you permit granted.
Just in case of emergency, a nearby hospital’s details are also included in the Application form. These details cover the name of the hospital, the address and the emergency service’s telephone number.
In most of these events, there are hired or put differently, external contractors that supply goods and services to the organisers of the main event. These contractors may come to man catering services, fuel supply amongst other duties.
In situations like this, a Contractor’s Checklist must be filled and signed for each contractor on the day of the event. This is for no other reason than for the safety of all involved participants and spectators.