Samantha’s passion for the automotive industry started out at just eight years of age go-karting in her hometown in South Australia. Following the traditional open wheel pathway Samantha made a name for herself as one of Australia’s fastest female drivers. Also a fully qualified driver trainer and with her background study in Mechatronic Engineering, Samantha has worked in a number of areas within the automotive industry in Australia and internationally including product training, durability testing, road safety, junior development, as well as being a judge for the prestigious Wheels Magazine’s “Car of the Year”. A foundation member of WAMS and the 2014 Vice Chair, Samantha stepped into the role of Chair person in 2015 taking over from Belinda Taylor.
From her first club motorsport event at 17, Karyn has been a passionate grassroots and club sport advocate. An Australian Masters Champion and life member of Nissan Datsun Sports Owners Club, when not competing Karyn is also a regular Clerk of Course or Steward at many events. From Hillclimbs to Motorkhanas, Regularities to Super Sprints she also regularly organises these events through the several clubs she is a member of. A qualified (and CAMS accredited) photographer, Karyn is a member of the Australian Sport and Club Development Commission (ASCDC)and has been a founding member of WAMS since the committee’s inception in 2010. She stepped into the Vice Chair role in 2015.
With over ten years experience behind the wheel of a race car, and a plethora of motorsport marketing experience, Laura is the primary driver of Speedway Motorsport team ‘Red Shamrock Racing’. She is a pint sized pocket rocket determined to break down the stereotype of women in motorsport. Driving from the age of 11 in Junior Sedans, Laura was Captain of Team Australia in the Australasian Championship held in New Zealand in 2011, as well as the first female to win the Kalgoorlie Open Club Championship. In 2012, Laura stepped up into Production Sedans and won the Motorplex 2013 Track Championship in her rookie season. Laura was named the sole Production Sedan driver to be accepted into the 2014 ‘Speedway Australia Rising Star Program’ by the national speedway body, Speedway Australia, and attended the Australian Institute of Sport. In recognition of her determination, success and positive image within motorsport, Laura received a scholarship from the Layne Beachley ‘Aim for the Stars’ Foundation in 2015 and was also the first motorsport competitor to receive a General Sports Scholarship from the University of Western Australia. Laura is an ambassador for the Miracle Babies Foundation.
Bernadette’s interest in motorsport began as a spectator at the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2002. She became a CAMS accredited circuit official in 2006 as a means of getting involved in what had quickly become her favourite sport and has regularly been a volunteer trackside official at state, national and international events in Australia and internationally since then. Bernadette has been a member of CAMS International Training Teams, delivering training and mentoring for officials at Formula 1 events in South Korea and Russia. Through training, mentoring and trackside experience, Bernadette is currently a Silver level CAMS accredited Sector Marshal, and sees officiating as a great way for her to actively participate in motorsport. Bernadette is a registered pharmacist and is currently working with the World Health Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland in the area of essential medicines.
Eboné Coats prides herself on being an enthusiastic member of the motorsport community, as a leader, driver, CAMS official, fitness enthusiast and long time advocate for circuit racing in the Northern Territory. One of the first female racing drivers at Hidden Valley Raceway at age 14, Eboné is known for competing in Improved Production meetings, and over a decade of support races for V8 Supercars and the Bathurst 12hr. Racing under the #37 which was also the number used by her Grandfather, Eboné also fulfills the position of Clerk of Course for many local and national racing events when not racing. 2017 is Eboné’s first year at WAMS.
With 18 years experience in media – across all disciplines from radio, print, television and digital media – Filippa is a media professional specialising in the motorsport and motoring industries. A former radio announcer, published journalist, and television producer, Filippa started her motorsport specialisation in 2000 and has worked as a journalist for Auto Action, V8X Magazine and BigPond Sport, before moving into television as Associate Producer of the V8 Supercars Championship and support categories on the Seven Network. In 2012, Filippa stepped into the Social Media Manager role for the Holden Racing Team and HSV and was the first dedicated digital media manager in V8 Supercar history. With a skillbase spanning TV reporting, filming, editing, design and producing, Filippa created her own media production company in 2013 and has since has produced motorsport television programs, created viral online content, and managed digital media programs for her various motorsport and corporate clients. Currently splitting her time between Australia and the United Arab Emirates, Filippa is communications manager of the UAE’s Formula 4 Championship and also oversees the television production and media management of South Africa’s Global Touring Cars championship. 2017 is Filippa’s fifth year at WAMS.
Kelly has been an active member of CAMS-affiliated clubs for almost 15 years and has been participating in motorsport at a club, state and national level for more than a decade. Kelly has competed across a range of disciplines including tarmac and gravel rallying, supersprints, motorkhanas and more recently hillclimbs, contesting her first state championship in 2016. Kelly’s true passion is tarmac rally navigating and she’ll start her eleventh Targa Tasmania in 2017. When not in a race car, Kelly is a Sydney-based senior marketing communications and research professional, with experience working with some of Australia’s best known brands. Keen to support the increased participation of women in the sport – particularly in grassroots motorsport – Kelly joins WAMS in 2017.
Dr Karyn Lun
Karyn has been involved in motorsport medicine for over 20 years, officiating at many rounds of the V8 Supercars (previously SATCC), Formula One, World Rally Championship and various national and state race meetings. She has been Chief Medical Officer for events at Lakeside International Raceway and Qld Raceway, as well as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Gold Coast Indy/V8 Supercar event for over a decade. Karyn competed in the 1995 season of the Qld Gemini Racing series for the Quit Racing team, sponsored by the Qld Cancer Fund. She is a member of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences and has attended congresses in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Orlando, US. Professionally, Karyn has presented at medical conferences in Australia, the UK and Europe, and has served on the Board of a not-for-profit foundation as well as various College committees. She is passionate about safety in motorsport for all participants, particularly female drivers, officials and crew.
April’s interest in motorsport began at a young age, growing up in the pits watching her father and grandfather compete in both speedway and circuit racing. In 2013, April jumped behind the wheel of a Formula Vee with no prior racing experience and in her first year of racing was awarded a Youth in Motorsport Scholarship. Since then, April was the first female to ever qualify on pole and finish on the podium in Formula Vee in Western Australia History. April is an Ambassador for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, supporting youth to pursue their dreams as she has done whilst living with a chronic health condition; Type 1 Diabetes. Away from the track, April is the chair of the Youth Advisory Committee for Child & Adolescent Health Services, and has been part of the project team for the last seven years for the planning and construction of Perth’s new Children’s Hospital. April currently sits on the Health Service Executive for WA Department of Health. She is in her final year of studying a Commerce degree with a double major in Public Relations and Events, Tourism and Hospitality. 2017 is April’s first year at WAMS.
Rachelle was a passionate V8 Supercars spectator for nearly two decades before she realised how easy it was to become involved motor sport. It was in January 2013 that Rachelle finally took to the track herself at a CAMS Come & Try Day and since then hasn’t looked back. In two short years she was Ladies Champion at her local car club in 2015, competing in super sprints, hillclimbs and regularity events and shortly after got her CAMS license. In 2014, Rachelle joined the committee of the NSW Road Racing Club and continues to create programs for all women to become involved in motorsport, irrespective of having family association or not. In 2016, Rachelle successfully implemented the first Ladies Club Level Motorsport Development Program, co-funded through the CAMS Development fund, and was designed to take the intimidation out of the sport for woman and nurture participants through the various aspects of club level motorsport. Based in Sydney, Rachelle’s business experience covers event management, training, project and operations management, and in 2017 will join WAMS.