The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship (VASC), Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) and Women in Motor Sport New Zealand (WiMNZ) organisations have once again joined forces to provide a second year of the successful VASC Trans-Tasman Female Officials Exchange program.
Launched last year to assist in strengthening the ties across the Tasman when it comes to female participation in motor sport, the program is an extension of the highly successful WAMS Officials Exchange Program which is now in its fifth 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 this year 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 will provide the opportunity for an Australian official to work at the 2017 ITM Auckland SuperSprint in November, along with a New Zealand official to work at the 2017 Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 in October.
In 2016, Tracey Rowley from Western Australia – a volunteer official of 16 years – was the first Australian recipient of the program to travel to NZ to officiate. Of her experience, Rowley said: “I was honoured to be selected to represent Australia, WAMS and CAMS at this event and my experience was a fantastic one. I made a lot of connections and friends over my time at Pukekohe Park Raceway”. While across the Tasman, 21-year-old Cate Paddon was the New Zealand recipient who was awarded the chance to work as an official at the Castrol Gold Coast 600 last October.
“WAMS is grateful to the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for their continuing support of the Trans-Tasman Officials Exchange, and we’re excited to be working with our New Zealand counterparts to continue this wonderful program,” said Dr Karyn Lun, a WAMS Committee member and WAMS Officials Working Group representative. “2017 is the first year we have expanded the selection criteria to include bronze level officials, to give more deserving ladies the opportunity to apply,”
For Australian officials, the selection criteria is as follows:
- be a CAMS accredited official of Bronze grade or higher;
- be 18 years of age or older;
- be available to travel to New Zealand for 2-6 November 2017;
- hold a current passport with at least 6 months’ validity from November 2017;
- provide details of your recent National and International level officiating experience, including experience at Supercars events;
- 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 2017 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 20 August 2017. The application form can be found HERE