People Awards

A couple of “karting people” in NSW have been recognised for their services to the sport.

Max Laybutt is set to receive a NSW Community Sports Award, while Michael Parsons has been recognised by Karting Australia for his voluntary work over the years.

Max Laybutt (pic – KNSW)

Karting NSW revealed that Laybutt will receive a Distinguished Long Service Award. It will be presented at NSW Parliament House in June.

“Thank you for your honourable service to Karting Max!” KNSW posted on social media.

As part of National Volunteer Week, Karting Australia has published a tribute to Parsons’ services to the sport (see below), with more to follow.


National Volunteer Week (NVW) is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers. From Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021, NVW will celebrate the significant contribution of Australia’s almost six million volunteers. Each year these volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others.


Today, Karting Australia would like to thank Michael Parsons who first became involved at the Newcastle Kart Racing Club back in 1985 after heading down for a look before becoming hooked.

Michael Parsons (pic – KA/Pace Images)

“I have made some great and lifelong friends from all over Australia thanks to karting who I enjoy catching up with when I’m in town,” said Parsons.

“There have been so many moments over the years that have involved different aspects of the sport both as a racer and an official.

“I would like to thank all those people who have helped and guided me on my journey and who have taught me to become a better racer and official, my wife and kids for putting up with me and my passion and for all the weekends I have been away doing the sport we all love whilst seeing kids and parents with smiles on their faces having a crack weather winning or just doing their best.”

From everybody across Australia, thank you Michael for everything you do for karting. Without Officials like you who devote endless hours back into the sport we all love, none of us would have a place to go and race.

Across the rest of the week, Karting Australia will shine some light on some of the backbones of our sport, from the Canteen, to technical, Officials and grounds keepers to show we thank them, and everything they do!