Women of Australian Motor Sport (WAMS) has announced its 2014 committee which includes the appointment of two new roles and an expanded group of women to lead the charge in promoting and encouraging women’s participation across all facets of motor sport.
Haven taken over as Chair last year, established CAMS official Belinda Taylor continues in the role for 2014 and will once again be the Delegate to the FIA’s Women in Motor Sport Commission (WMC) in France.
However, with more WAMS initiatives being introduced each year, the committee decided – with the approval of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) – to create the new role of Vice Chair. Current committee member and respected race driver Samantha Reid will fill this new position in 2014 and assist Taylor on a wide range of programs to be rolled out over the next 12 months.
Increasing to eight members in 2014, WAMS welcomes back Amber Anderson, Filippa Guarna, Karyn Hamer-Finn and Jodi Zylstra, while announcing new members Samantha Dymond and Sarah Harley who will be part of the committee for the first time.
Samantha Dymond’s involvement in motor sport began as a race driver in 1997, and as recently as 2009-2011 was the recipient of the inaugural Diana Davidson Award from the Victorian Historic Racing Register. In 2012 Samantha took a break from racing only due to the birth of her daughter, but is now firmly back in the driver’s seat and competing regularly in a MK1 Lola in Group LBs. Samantha also has 16 years of sales development and marketing business experience.
Sarah Harley brings both race driving and business backgrounds to WAMS, with a racing career spanning sprint karting, superkarts, endurance karting, and predominantly production sports car racing with multiple podiums and wins. Sarah has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance with experience encompassing financial planning, contracts and projects administration. Sarah implemented the first women’s track days and sprint sessions at Queensland Raceway last year and looks to expand on these initiatives as a new member of WAMS in 2014.
WAMS also wishes to thank CAMS for its increased support in 2014, with the governing body providing for the first time a CAMS-appointed Executive Officer (EO), which will be filled by current Motor Sport Administrator and Events Co-ordinator, Marie Dinsdale.
As the founding chair of WAMS, Leanne Tander steps down from the committee in 2014 but will continue to support WAMS initiatives. The Committee wishes to publicly thank her for her contribution to the formation of WAMS and participation over the past three years. It was a huge undertaking to start with a blank canvas and create many of the foundations that are in place today, in particular the creation of the Junior Development Scholarship which remains a fantastic opportunity to foster the successful participation of young female drivers.
WAMS initiatives for 2014 will once again include the WAMS Australian Grand Prix Luncheon, Junior Development Scholarship, International Officials Exchange program between Australia & Singapore, driver opportunities offered by the FIA WMC, the WAMS Event Endorsement Package, and media aimed at raising the awareness of the successes of women across all facets of motor sport.
WAMS Committee for 2014:
Belinda Taylor (Chair & FIA WMC Delegate)
Samantha Reid (Vice Chair)