Motorcycling Australia's (MA) CEO David White has been elected to one of three Vice-President roles at the 125th Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Congress, held in Macau, China.
A record 98 out of 101 National Federations attended the General Assembly where elections for the positions of: FIM President, Vice-Presidents (three positions) and Internal Auditors (two positions) were held.
While White had considered standing for one of the Vice-President positions at the beginning of the year, he initially decided against it, however prior to the close of nominations he was approached by a number of other Federations to reconsider.
Speaking after the elections, White explained how the voting had taken place.
"There were five candidates standing for three positions and in the first round of voting, Nasser Khalifa Al Atya (Qatar) and Jorge Viegas (Portugal) had the majority of votes to be elected to two of the positions," White said.
"While I had the third highest number of votes, I didn't have the necessary majority of 48 votes, so another vote was held between me and Jos Driessen (Belgium), while Paolo Sesti (Italy), who had the lowest total, was out of contention.
"While I didn't personally campaign vigorously, there were a number of people campaigning on my behalf and many discussions took place throughout the General Assembly."
The role will see White in a voting position on the Management Council now called the Board -- similar to the MA structure however on a global scale, providing Australia with a direct voice to the highest level governing body for Motorcycle Sport.
White went on to say the election was a positive sign for MA's reputation internationally.
"I think this is a clear indication of the respect shown for Australia, and MA, from within the FIM, and presents us with a great opportunity to have representation at the forefront of International Motorcycle Affairs," White said.
"MA in particular is highly regarded internationally because of its development of Strategic Planning, and having set up its own insurance company, and I look forward to serving in the position of Vice-President for the next four years."