After receiving a number of high quality applications from a variety of disciplines, WAMS has selected 16-year-old Caitlin Wood as this year’s recipient.
Caitlin began racing karts at the age of 7 and, with a Ladies National Championship under her belt, the talented Novocastrian has already represented Australia and WAMS in the FIA’s Women in Motor Sport Commission Karting Academy Shoot-Out in Geneva where she placed 3rd against some of the world’s best karters. After receiving a grant from the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation in 2012, Caitlin has this year made the transition from karts to cars and will be contesting both the NSW and VIC State Formula Ford Championships.
As part of her scholarship, Caitlin will be attending the AMSF Elite Driver Development Camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in July and receive further training and mentoring opportunities from WAMS over the next 12 months.
15-year-old Tyra Maranik, a karter from Sydney, has been named this year’s runner-up and will join Caitlin at the AMSF Elite Driver Development Camp.
This is the second year WAMS have awarded the Junior Development Scholarship, with champion Off-Road racer Kristy Hedley being the first recipient in 2012/13.