Nominations have been pouring in for Constable Jimmy Cubbon, who spearheaded the creation of a BMX pump track in Castletown.
He came up with the idea to upgrade the facilities at Poulsom Park after being frustrated by the lack of facilities for youngsters in the south of the island – and the work has been carried out at no cost to the ratepayer.
The track – with small jumps and sharp corners – is now hosting BMX coaching sessions, and youngsters are making use of unclaimed bikes at police stations. He now wants to raise money for a top class skate park.
Jean Kelly said: ‘Apart from his full-time job and being a full time father of three young children he gives his own time and is the creator and founder member of the Bull Ring Bike Park.
‘This is a fabulous creation and it means the kids of all ages of Castletown and the south have something to do to expand their energy and ride their bikes in a safe controlled environment.’
Port Erin resident Mark Gorry said: ‘He’s taken the bull by the horns for people who complain “there’s nothing for kids to do”. As well as sorting all the permissions he went on to bring people together to get it built and attract people to it.’
Justin Meecham said: ‘Without Jimmy’s commitment to this project I doubt it would’ve ever got off the ground let alone to the standard of facility that stands there today.’
Jimmy’s brother Billy described the track as a ‘success story for Castletown’.
PC Cubbon, 33, who lives in the south, joined the Isle of Man Constabulary eight years ago. He currently works in the financial crime unit.
He said it was nice to be recognised but added: ‘I haven’t done any of this for recognition but because I genuinely want to provide some community facilities in the Isle of Man.’
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