The Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) Committee congratulates Rebecca Armstrong from Victoria as the 2017 recipient of the Virgin Australia Supercars Trans-Tasman Female Officials Exchange program.
VASC, WAMS and the Women in Motor Sport New Zealand (WiMNZ) organisations have again joined forces to continue the officials exchange program that is aimed at strengthening ties across the Tasman when it comes to female participation in motor sport.
The program provides Armstrong with the opportunity to work at the 2017 ITM Auckland SuperSprint in November, along with New Zealand official Shelly Mc Saveny to work at the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October.
Her first official event as a flag marshall in 2014, Armstrong started her foray into motor sport in the customer service tent at the Formula 1 Grand prix. Given a pamphlet from an official, she began flag marshalling, and was awarded the Victorian Flagmarshalling Teams’ President’s Award in 2014 and the 2015 Club Person of the Year. Now one of the Inductions Officers helping new officials find their feet when first attending events, she is passionate about introducing and mentoring women into the sport whilst continuing to hone her skills.
“I am very excited to be working with WiMNZ and Virgin Supercars at such a fantastic event” said Armstrong. “I always want to be able to build on my skills by working with as many people as I can from other states as well as other countries and learning from their methods and processes so in turn I can help others . I’m very proud to be awarded this opportunity from WAMS to help promote women in motor sport.”
The VASC Trans-Tasman Female Officials Exchange is an extension of the highly successful WAMS Officials Exchange program which is now in its fourth successful year of sending female officials to gain work experience between signature Australian motor sport events and the Singapore Grand Prix.
WiMNZ recently announced Shelly Mc Saveney as the New Zealand recipient of the opportunity to work as an official at the the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October. McSaveney fulfils various roles at the club-run events at Mike Pero Motorsport Park (Ruapuna) including clerk of the course, competitor relations and documentation. She has just received her gold clerk of the course licence, making her one of around 35 people in New Zealand with this level of certification to run motorsport events
WAMS Committee member and Officials Working Group representative Dr Karyn Lun said that Armstrong was an outstanding applicant for 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Trans-Tasman Female Officials Exchange program, and thanked those who also applied for the opportunity.
“Although Rebecca is relatively new to motor sport, she has received significant recognition from her peers, and we are confident that she will gain much from her experience in Pukekohe,” said Dr Lun. “We look forward to hosting Shelly from New Zealand at Bathurst later this month, and we would also like to thank our WiMNZ counterparts and Virgin Australian Supercars for continuing to support this important program which recognises and promotes the involvement of women in motor sport.”
For more information head to the WAMS website www.wams.org.au.