21 Apr 2017
While any race can have thousands of competitors, there can ultimately only be one winner; the first across the finish line. It’s a moment in time that is often over in a blink of an eye. But it’s a moment in time that never goes unnoticed and must be executed with precision and skill. There are no second chances.
Competitors spend months training and preparing, putting their lives on hold, pouring their hearts and souls into everything just to reach their holy grail and cross the coveted finish line. It’s been the focus of all of their energy; spending countless hours on the road, on the treadmill or in the gym. It’s an achievement, a symbol that they’ve completed something worthwhile. It’s an intangible trophy, a badge of honour they wear proudly. To finish is to succeed.
In the same way in which competitors prepare for the finish line, the same can be said about the organisers who are charged with putting it all together. Event managers spend months meticulously planning and coordinating to ensure the most celebrated little moment in the race goes off without incident.
2015 TAFE Queensland East Coast Student of the Year, 28-year-old Bindi Balazs is an event manager and is one of the people behind the finish line making sure everything runs smoothly.
“Event management is big business; behind every champagne flute, every microphone, and every finishing line around the world, someone is working tirelessly to bring an event to life,” Bindi said.
“We have to brief and chaperone the race announcer, the media, the official photographers and the corporate sponsors – making sure they are where they need to be at all times.”
“The finishing tape must be taught, sponsors logos must be visible and it must be perfectly positioned at torso height for that split second when the winner crosses the line and wins the race.”
“We have to organise flowers to present to the winners, champagne for them to pop and spray on each other and the crowd, and trophies or medals for them to take home to show their family and friends.”
“There’s so much that goes on behind the scenes that no one even knows about,” she said.
Bindi studied a Diploma in Event Management at TAFE and is now the Athlete Services Event Coordinator at the renowned World Triathlon Corporation, IRONMAN. It’s her job to make sure that people not only leave IRONMAN with fond memories, but keep coming back.