The Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) has today congratulated Trisha Davidson as the 2014 recipient of the WAMS Senior Officials Exchange Program to Singapore.
Supported by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS), the program is now in its second year and provides a senior female official the chance to take part in various officiating roles at the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix, which this year is being held from September 19-21.
New South Wales based Davidson has been an official since 2005, with her drive to succeed and her passion for the sport seeing her achieve milestones such as being appointed Support Category Chief Steward for National events, Series Steward for Hillclimb and State Racing Championships, and Assistant Clerk of the Course roles.
Davidson also comes from a motor sport family, with both her husband involved in rallyand her son working for a multiple formula racing team in Europe. Winning the 2014 Senior Officials Exchange Program will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity, she explained, and one that will aid her quest to become a National Series Steward in the future.
“I am a strong advocate for women in motor sport and believe that females have a great deal to offer. This is an amazing opportunity for an official to get overseas experience and to see how things are done on an international basis,” said Davidson.
“With motor sport you cannot read it from a book, you have to get out there and live it, so it will be great to have the experience of working with other officials on a very international level and to be able to bring the experiences of how I operate as an official or steward to them. The more experience you gain the better you are as a person!”
WAMS Chair Belinda Taylor congratulated Davidson and commended all of the women who applied for the 2014 program.
“With the financial support of CAMS, WAMS is delighted to offer the Senior Officials Exchange Program between Australia and Singapore for a second year. It is a partnership formed to develop women in leadership and senior positions in officiating globally.
“This year’s applicants impressed with the depth of experience and scope of various roles of each official. Trisha is an outstanding role model, dedicated to further development both personally and within the context of her contribution to motor sport. The WAMS committee hopes that this experience not only benefits Trisha but also provides a source of inspiration for all female officials to see that leadership and senior positions exist for both men and women in Australian motor sport,” concluded Taylor.
In March this year, the Singaporean recipient of the exchange program, Elaine Goh, flew to Australia to work as a volunteer official at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix under the guidance of WAMS.
Last year’s inaugural WAMS Senior Officials Exchange Program recipient was Michelle Luke.