New women in motorsport commission created in Australia

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New women in motorsport commission created in Australia
Andrew van Leeuwen
By: Andrew van Leeuwen
Nov 21, 2018, 2:34 AM

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport has created a new women in motorsport commission, which will be chaired by Jess Dane.

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport has created a new women in motorsport commission, which will be chaired by Jess Dane.

The Australian Women in Motor Sport Commission will look to promote female participation in Aussie motorsport, working alongside the Dare To Be Different programme, which launched down under earlier this year.

The AWMSC will feature seven commissioners, and be chaired by Dane, who is a part-owner of the Triple Eight Race Engineering outfit run by her father Roland Dane as well as the team's commercial operations officer.

“Motorsport is an incredible industry – the adrenaline, the passion, the hard work are infectious and the CAMS Australian Women in Motor Sport Commission has the potential to spread this bug,” Dane said.

“The Commission has the potential to be the voice of females in motorsport. If we can provide a platform to listen to and understand the challenges facing women in the industry, we can work towards making this awesome sport an even better place to be.

“The over-arching goal I’d like to see the commission tackle is female participation in motorsport in all areas and at all levels by gaining a comprehensive understanding of why gender disparity exists.

"There are no quick fixes, but by working together to identify the exact goals and how we reach them, the commission will be able to make a positive difference.”

The appointment on the commission follows Dane's recently-confirmed role as an ambassador for Dare To Be Different.

“Dare To Be Different is about sharing our sport with girls who would possibly have never come into contact with it and empowering them to believe that they can do absolutely anything,” Dane added.

“In order for motorsport to keep growing in participation and popularity, we need to reach more people and Dare to be Different is a wonderful tool to do that.”

Commissioner Term State
Jessica Dane (Chair) Three years Queensland
Kristen Bailey Three years South Australia
Dr Karyn Lun Three years Queensland
Karyn Hamer Two years Victoria
Loren Hazelwood Two years Victoria
Peter Marcovich One year Queensland
Sally Higgins One year Western Australia
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