The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship (VASC), Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS), CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) and Women in Motor Sport New Zealand (WiMNZ) organisations have once again joined forces to launch a third year of the successful VASC Trans-Tasman Female Officials Exchange program.
The Trans-Tasman program is an extension of the highly successful WAMS Officials Exchange Program which is now in its sixth year of sending female officials to work between signature Australian motor sport events and the Singapore Grand Prix.
Capitalising on the strong relationship between Australian and New Zealand motor sport communities, the VASC Trans-Tasman Female Officials Exchange Program will again recognise the valued contribution made by many women in officiating, and is committed to supporting and promoting the inclusion and development of female officials between the two countries.
This year’s program is open to an expanded group of female officials and will provide an opportunity for an Australian official to work at the 2018 ITM Auckland SuperSprint in November, along with a New Zealand official to work at the 2018 Vodafone Gold Coast 600 in October.
In 2017, Rebecca Armstrong from Victoria was the second Australian recipient of the program to travel to NZ to officiate. Of her experience, Armstrong said: “I met some of the most amazing people and it was an experience that I am proud to have received. I am certainly one of the luckiest women around and hope that I can inspire or encourage others to try and chase the opportunity. It will certainly be one that I will keep with me and look back on fondly for the rest of my life.”
Across the Tasman, New Zealand resident Shelley McSaveney was awarded the chance to work as an official at the iconic Bathurst 1000 in 2017. McSaveney was so inspired by the exchange, she has since travelled to be an official at the Adelaide 500 and Crownbet Darwin Triple Crown and will be officiating at the Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint in 2018.
“WAMS is grateful to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for their ongoing support of the Trans-Tasman Officials Exchange, and we’re looking forward to working with our New Zealand counterparts to continue this wonderful program,” said Dr Karyn Lun, Vice-chair of the WAMS Committee and WAMS Officials Working Group representative. “We are particularly excited to expand the selection criteria in 2018 to include all general officials and give more deserving ladies the opportunity to apply.”
- For Australian officials, the selection criteria is as follows:
- be a CAMS accredited official and Australian resident;
- be 18 years of age or older;
- be available to travel to New Zealand from 1-5 November 2018;
- hold a current passport with at least 6 months’ validity from November 2018;
- provide details of your recent state, national and International level officiating experience;
- provide contact details of two Senior CAMS officials who support your application and can be contacted for references;
- tell us in 300 words what makes you a good representative for WAMS, CAMS and Australia at the 2018 ITM Auckland SuperSprint and how you will use this experience in your future motor sport officiating endeavours.
Applications are now being sought and will close on Sunday 12th August 2018. The application form can be found HERE