September is a big month for WAMS Chairperson Belinda Taylor who will visit Paris and FIA Headquarters for a meeting of the Women in Motor Sport Commission (WMC).
It’s something Taylor is looking forward to as it’s her first WMC meeting in person after having taken part in worldwide conference calls so far to date.
Taylor will join more than 30 other women in motor sport from around the world who will take part in several workshops designed for women in motor sport before the WMC meeting itself.
Taylor can’t wait to contribute and also learn of other ideas for women, and from women, around the World.
“There is a real exchange and sharing of information, with a view to create opportunities for women on a global scale, not just in particular countries.
It is a great opportunity to increase the reach of women.”
Taylor is looking forward to what the two day gathering will bring, but one aspect in particular. Officiating and that comes from having been involved as a volunteer motorsport official for more than 20 years.
“I guess with my background in Officialing certainly I am interested to see what other countries have on that agenda. WAMS has been really proactive in looking at ways to engage more women in officialing particularly in senior roles through our own officials exchange program with the Singapore Grand Prix and through our inclusive team building workshops that were held in many States in April this year so I think Australia’s got something to bring as far as initiatives WAMS has already started to create.”
WAMS also prides itself on its major networking gathering, the WAMS Luncheon at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. A major function that’s managed to obtain motor sport legend Michael Schumacher and Williams Formula 1 Test Driver Susie Wolff as special guest speakers.
“It will be nice to share some of the successes generated by these events and see how we can then develop them further. It’s invaluable to explore what other countries are doing and tap into that with a view to then make it better for what we are doing in Australia.”
It’s this active role that has WAMS becoming increasingly respected as one of the leading ASN bodies representing Women in motor sport.
“Australia is recognised in many ways as being very active in terms of looking ways to engage more women in all roles within motor sport.”
While WAMS continues its good work, it hopes to achieve much more and Taylor feels privileged to be its Chairperson at such an exciting phase of its existence.
“It’s a huge honour to represent the committee and obviously other women as well. It’s something that I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to do”
“WAMS is working hard to get the balance right to work across motor sport in many aspects. Leanne (Tander) was our foundation Chair, and it was great to have her bringing a driver’s perspective . Obviously me coming in with my Officials background I can then give a different perspective. In the future I would like to see a balance of people from different roles and different backgrounds in the sport then that perhaps gives us an opportunity to give a more rounded view of women within motor sport.”
It’s this same mix of women that Taylor speaks of that will gather in Paris for the WMC meeting that provides a valuable crossover of experience from different roles in the sport.
Taylor is also hoping to have the chance to catch up with Australia’s FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) driver Molly Taylor while in Paris.
Taylor is one of the driver representatives on the Commission.
And Taylor might also find time to work on the special guest for the WAMS luncheon at the 2014 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix… but she was giving little away prior to her departure for Paris.
“We’ve certainly got a few irons in the fire there. There continues to be great support for the event but we haven’t made any definite plans yet. No doubt it will be someone exciting and just one of the highlights of our third annual WAMS luncheon.”