Share your story – Women in Australian Motor Sport Profiles
One of the key aims of the Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) committee is to raise awareness of the successes of women across all facets of motor sport. In Australia, women participate in many roles and across many disciplines within motor sport. But successes need to be celebrated. WAMS invites all women in the industry to share their story and involvement. Information from the WAMS Profiles will be used primarily on the WAMS website, and shared via social media channels, to showcase the current successes and participation of women. It is also hoped that by sharing various success stories, it will encourage more women to get involved and achieve to their highest level, to further grow motor sport for the future.
To be involved, download and complete the Women of Australian Motor Sport Profile document from the WAMS website or Facebook Page and return with a good quality photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. The WAMS Committee thanks you for your participation and support of this project.
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There are a myriad of ways to get involved in motor sport.
Karting is the worlds most affordable form of motorsport.
Karting is considered the first step in any serious racers career. It can prepare the driver for high-speed wheel-to-wheel racing by developing quick reflexes, precision, car control, set-up, mechanical and decision-making skills.
Getting into karting is relatively simple.
STEP 1 JOIN AN AKA CLUB – There are over 90 clubs affiliated with the Australian Karting Association. Clubs are located right across Australia in both metropolitan and regional centres.Head to the AKA website and use the club finder guide.
STEP 2 GET AN AKA LICENCE- Once you are a member of an AKA club you will need an AKA licence. The licence comes with an AKA Karting Manual, which outlines all the rules, regulations and operations of the AKA. An AKA Licence also deals with insurance while racing.
To find your local state association secretary,email your local secretary or call 1300 30 KART (1300 30 5278).
STEP 3 GET A KART
The karting industry in Australia is always keen to assist newcomers in entering and enjoying the sport.Ask your local club or state association for the location of your nearest kart shop or look them up in the White Pages or Yellow Pages.
STEP 4 GET YOUR SAFETY GEAR
Most kart shops will also offer a range of safety gear ? that is, full face helmets, race suits, racing boots, gloves and other optional safety gear such as padded rib vests and neck braces
STEP 5 GET A BUDDY
Karting is a friendly, family-orientated sport and karters young and old are always happy to help out newcomers.
Make sure you ask lots of questions of members of your kart club, state association and local kart shop.
Join a Car Club
There are a number of active rally car clubs in Victoria. Some clubs are focused exclusively on rallying while others on all forms of motorsport. You can join a car club without being a competitor or wanting to compete. Often you can go to a club meeting as a visitor to see what the club is like before you join. Contact CAMS to find your local club.
Spectating is a great way to get involved in rallying and on most events in Victoria is FREE of charge. Most events will produce a spectator guide that will tell you what time and where to go to see all the action.
Become an Official
This is the best way to get started in rallying because you will meet a lot of key people who are heavily involved in the sport and are also helping others to run their event. To become an official simply contact the events officials coordinator and let them know that you are interested in helping, you dont even have to a member of their car club. There are a number of different roles that you can do as an official and all event organisers are always willing to accept help from others.
Go to Scrutineering
Before every event cars need to be scrutineered and this is often done in a Melbourne workshop. Check out the events Supplementary Regulations for scrutineering information and turn up.
There are two crew positions to compete in Rallying – either as a Driver or as a Navigator/Co-driver. Either way you will be able to get to experience rallying first hand and what better way to get started in the sport. It is often easier to start as a navigator as there may be a driver needing someone to join them and who is prepared to give you the training required to become a navigator.
Grassroots Motor Sport
Again, to begin you need to join a club. Search the CAMS website in the Club Finder section. then you can purchase a CAMS licence.
Traditional club-level events offer both beginners and juniors a terrific starting point to learn about car control and are low in cost and risk, but high in excitement. With an inexpensive CAMS licence and your everyday road car, almost anyone can compete in these types of events.
In Speed events, vehicles travel in a forward direction from a standing start along a track or course with drivers aiming for the fastest time over a specified distance.
Sprints are run on a sealed circuit and there are only a limited number of vehicles allowed onto the track at any one time. Drivers pit themselves against the clock and aim for the fastest lap time for their class or overall.
Hillclimbs can be conducted on both sealed and unsealed surfaces and pit the driver and vehicle against a challenging uphill course with varying corners and gradients.
Autocross events are generally run on grass or an unsealed surface, usually on a track designed to test manoeuvrability
In Non-Speed events, there are factors other than the fastest time which determines the overall result.
Motorkhana and Khanacross events can be run on sealed or unsealed surfaces. Timed individually from start to finish, cars are required to follow a set course around clearly marked flags, receiving time penalties for any flags they hit. Motorkhanas are a test of the manoeuvrability of the vehicle around the course in the most efficient time possible.
Observed Section Trials are untimed competitions where the result is determined by the ability of the car to maintain forward movement.
Touring Car Events are conducted on public roads and are more of a social activity where the objective is to assemble at a point determined beforehand.
Touring Road Events are usually conducted over a number of days and consist of a series of timed road sections requiring the driver and car to comply with all relevant road laws. This type of event usually includes one or a number of special tests in the itinerary such as a motorkhana or speed events.
Drifting events are usually conducted on circuits and are judged on the ability of the driver to control a car in a series of sideways slides through a sequence of corners in a controlled manner.
Who can compete?
Anyone can compete in these events provided they have the appropriate CAMS competition licence. Both Level 2S (Speed) and Level 2NS (Non-Speed) licences can usually be purchased at the event and there is no formal driver training required unless specified by the club or event organiser. Junior licences are also available and a civil driving licence may be required in some cases.
Becoming a motor sport official is the best way of getting close to the action without being in the drivers seat. Volunteer officials are a vital part of motor sport and without them the sport could not function. Volunteering at club-level events is the best way to learn what being a motor sport official is all about.There are also a number of specialist officiating clubs which provide opportunities for new officials. This ensure you are close to the action with many varied roles such as flag marshall, pit lane personell, scrutiny and many more.
How do I get started?
The CAMS National Officiating Program facilitates the training and accreditation of over 10,000 volunteer motor sport officials. New officials start off with a CAMS Trainee Licence, and are teamed with experienced officials and learn how to do most things on the job. As officials gain more experience and begin to take on more responsibilities, they will be given the opportunity to upgrade their licence and branch out into other areas of officiating. CAMS also runs various training courses for the different categories of officials.
Who can officiate?
Anyone with a general interest in motor sport can become a volunteer official. Minimum age restrictions apply for some roles and activities and there are also supervision requirements for the different grades of officials. To learn more about the CAMS National Officiating Program, head to the CAMS website and click the Get Involved button.
See whats out there
Attending different types of motor sport events will help you work out which discipline of the sport you would like to become involved in. Motor sport events are run on almost every weekend of the year in each state, ranging from grass roots events like club-level hillclimbs and motorkhanas, to international events like Rally Australia and the FORMULA 1