GLOBAL HEAD OF WOMEN'S MOTOR SPORTS SAYS:
'AUSTRALIAN WOMEN NEED TO STEP UP TO THE PODIUM'
MANAGER INTERNATIONAL WOMEN & MOTOR SPORT COMMISSION TO VISIT AUSTRALIA
"AUSTRALIA MAY HAVE A STRONG HISTORY IN MOTOR SPORT, BUT IT'S NOW TIME FOR AUSTRALIAN WOMEN TO CONTINUE THAT HISTORY, STEP UP TO THE PODIUM, AND GET INVOLVED IN THE SPORT," SO SAYS FREDERIQUE TROUVe, THE MANAGER OF THE FIA'S NEW INTERNATIONAL WOMEN AND MOTOR SPORT COMMISSION (WMC) WHO IS SET TO VISIT AUSTRALIA FOR THE FIRST TIME BETWEEN 17-23 MAY, 2010. THE FIA (FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE L'AUTOMOBILE) IS THE WORLD GOVERNING BODY FOR MOTOR SPORT.
"Our mission is to identify the problems and realities that affect women in motor sport in Australia. Uniting our forces on an international level will enable us to help democratise things in a sport that is still very macho, and help women accede more easily or quickly to positions similar to those of men at the highest level."
The commission was established by the FIA last December and aims to promote more participation by women in all aspects of motor sport. "Like most international federations, the WMC will support, promote and help advance the participation of women in motor sport to ensure equal opportunities at all levels." says Mrs Trouve
An Australian representative on the Commission will be nominated by CAMS and is supported by Mrs Trouve and WMC president Michele Mouton.
"It shows that the highest body in charge of international motor sport is concerned by the role of women, that it recognises their real place in the field of motor sport, and that it is right to invest money and make efforts to strengthen the participation of women in motor sport."
The WMC aims to put in place strategies and policies that will promote education and training, and put into practice actions and events that will strengthen the participation of women in all areas of motor racing.
The Commission will work with the FIA's sporting and non-sporting commissions, CAMS and other key international federations on joint sporting projects. The WMC will also take an active role in international forums and conferences devoted to the place of women in sport, and the advances that can be made.
Frederique will speak at this week's 'International Working Group on Women and Sport' conference in Sydney.
The WMC comprises 19 members representing national motorsport bodies, manufacturers, teams, drivers and the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme.