Taking on the opportunity to further her skills at a world-class event, Gold level official Susie Brook travelled to Singapore to take part in the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix. Recipient of the 2017 Singapore Officials Exchange Program, Brook has been involved in motorsport since 1987, at a national and international level. Financial administration officer by weekday, and CAMS official on race day, Susie has undertaken many and varied roles including flag marshal, trackside communicator, grid marshal, pitlane marshal, race control communicator, race starter, sector marshal, chief observer and chief of communications for the past 3 years at the Supercars Gold Coast 600. WAMS interviewed Susie to learn more about her and what drives her passion for motor sport.
Tell us a bit about yourself off the track?
I have always been a bit of a “water baby” with many years of boating and water skiing. A few years I bought myself a Jet Ski on which I spend many hours exploring the vast waterways of the Gold Coast and Sunny Coast plus rivers and lakes inland with my daughter, riding with friends and two clubs, one Brisbane based and one Sunshine Coast based.
What were your initial thoughts as being chosen as the 2017 recipient?
I went into the weekend incredibly humbled and very excited looking forward to an amazing privilege and experience. I wanted to embrace the opportunity by presenting a positive role model of Australian Officials. On return I want to come home and share with and encourage other ladies in their motor sport journeys.
What learning did you take away from the experience?
I was able to experience a collection of roles from the perspective of an international event outside Australia and through the eyes of the Singaporean Officials. While very similar to Australia it was also different due to local factors, climate and culture requiring a different approach in some situations. I gained a deeper understanding of the variations and learned from all I was privileged to work with. I can now bring the enrichment of these experiences home to share with officials in Australia.
How are women in motorsport perceived in Singapore?
Singapore has immense respect for and acceptance of women in motor sport with 25% of officials this year at the Singapore Grand Prix being females. It is evident and inspirational the way the ladies are accepted, well treated and encouraged.
Would you recommend the Official’s Exchange Program to others?
Most definitely! This is an amazing opportunity for all ladies in Australian motorsport. If you apply and miss out, don’t be disheartened. Apply again, it is certainly very worthwhile lining up for another chance.
What has this opportunity meant to you as an official?
This opportunity has given me the chance to have an amazing and unforgettable experience at a highly respected international event. I will be bringing this experience home to share with those officials who deserve the same opportunity and encourage them to ‘go for it’! It also feels like unofficial reward for thirty years of commitment and dedication to motorsport.
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