Awarded 15 June 2023
In recognition of his dedication, ability, and desire to succeed and the sacrifices that he has made to reach the pinnacle of his career in the sport of go-kart racing.
John Pizarro has led an exciting career as an outstanding kart racer, with over 15 Australian Championship titles across several classes, competing in five World Championships, an international team win in the Japan Kart Grand Prix, a Dubbo track record and participation in international races including Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, France, America, Philippines, Italy, Germany, Portugal and Belgium," Cr Westcott said.
A Parkes local, John started racing in 1964 at the age of 19 years old, with a career that went on to span more than 30 years. He started in a homemade Go-Kart fitted with a small motorcycle engine, four years later winning his first National Championship at Sunnybank QLD in 1968. In the years following he has received a number of awards and achievements including Parkes Sportsman of the Year in 1973 and 1978, Central West Sportsman of the Year in 1979, the Australian Sports Medal in 2000, Life Member of Karting NSW in 2011, inducted into the Karting Hall of Fame in 2011, inducted into the Australian Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 2017 and awarded the OAM in 2019.
In addition to his successful career, John's contributions to motor sports continued off the racetrack. He was involved in the design and/or accreditation of many kart tracks across NSW, trained young drivers on tracks around the Central West and designed, manufactured and sold Go-Karts from his home in Parkes.
John has been a Parkes Rotarian since 1971, having served as President twice during that time. In 2005 he was named a Paul Harris Fellow, which is both an award for exemplary work in community service or helping those in need, or a method of recognising a substantial donation to The Rotary Foundation. He was later awarded an Outstanding Service to Rotary in 2008 and 2009.