Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) today welcomes Karyn Hamer as Chair, appointed to lead the committed group after herself contributing to eight years of volunteering on the Australian committee that works to promote and encourage women’s participation in motor sport.
A founding member of WAMS since the committee’s inception in 2010, Hamer’s first club motorsport event was at the age of 17 and has forged her place as a passionate grassroots and club sport advocate. An Australian Masters Champion and life member of Nissan Datsun Sports Owners Club, she is also a member of the CAMS Australian Sport and Club Development Commission (ASCDC).
Karyn stepped into the Vice Chair role in 2015, and has been appointed WAMS Chair and Delegate to the FIA’s Women in Motor Sport Commission (WMC) in France, replacing outgoing Chair Samantha Reid who will remain on the committee, but has elected to step down from the position due to increasing work and family commitments.
Outgoing chair Samantha Reid says “Karyn has played an instrumental role over the past 2 years in particular to ensure the ongoing success of WAMS. She has the full support of the committee going forward and her broad range of motor sport experience will be an asset.”
“Sam has been such an integral leader of WAMS for the last three years and many wouldn’t realise how hard she has worked to ensure that the committee is continually adding value to women’s participation in the sport and working with CAMS to make all of our programs a reality,” said Hamer.
“They will be big shoes to fill but having worked alongside Sam as vice chair for the last three years, it has thoroughly prepared me for the role. This sport is a life-long passion of mine and I’m proud to take WAMS into a new chapter.”
Heading into its eight season, WAMS sees established member Dr Karyn Lun step up into the Vice Chair position, while South Australian Janelle Orrock joins in 2018. As president of SAMROA, the South Australian Motor Racing Officials Association, Janelle has been a longstanding member of the motor sport community and devotes much time to her officiating work. She currently holds a gold Administration licence, Bronze timing licence and also has a specialist paramedical licence too, and has been a part of the WAMS officials working group that assists the committee on projects relating to assisting officials.
Returning members in 2018 includes Laura Byrnes (speedway racer from WA), Ebone Coats (an active motor sport official in the NT), Kelly Handley (a racer and marketing professional from NSW), April Welsh (a Formula Vee racer and committee operative in WA), and Rachelle Wilson (motor sport project manager and committee operative in NSW).
2018 will see two of WAMS’ longtime members in Filippa Guarna (media, 5 years with WAMS) and Bernadette Cappello (official, 3 years with WAMS) say farewell after both have elected to not return next year due to their increased career obligations where they are based overseas. WAMS thanks them for their tireless efforts during their tenure on the committee and wishes them every success in future.
Successful initiatives run by WAMS with the assistance of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) included the WAMS Junior Development Scholarship, International Officials Exchange program between Australia and Singapore, the Virgin Australia Trans-Tasman Female Officials Exchange program, plus ongoing driver opportunities offered by the FIA WMC, the WAMS Event Endorsement Package, WAMS Profiles of the Week, Driver Fitness Camps, Come and Try Track Days, plus continued media aimed at raising the awareness of the successes of women across all facets of motor sport.
WAMS Committee for 2018:
Karyn Hamer – Chair
Karyn Lun – Vice Chair