6th September 2019
In our new 2019 – 2022 Strategic Plan we have set the objective of building female participation and membership in our sport.
We see this as a being both appropriate and vital for karting and for our clubs. Motorsport should no longer be seen as the almost exclusive domain of men and boys.
Last year at Australian Kart Championship level we implemented the Ladies Trophy. It was won by Taylah Agius in 2018 and Beck Connell was last weekend crowned the 2019 Ladies Champion. Alice Buckley won the 2019 Bridgestone Supercup.
All of our ladies and girls in AKC (regardless of the class in which they compete) score points in the Ladies Championship. It runs side by side with the Class points and provides recognition and encouragement for females who race. Girls, tell your Club to do the same thing. There is no reason why our Clubs can’t take the same approach by creating a Club Ladies’ Trophy for all of the girls and ladies who race at your Club. Its simple and its shows that your clubs cares about getting more girls into our sport.
Our girls are great ambassadors for karting and we want to start to drive the message that GIRLS RACE TOO as hard as we can – again, we need your help to do that!
I would like you all to give some thought to how we can attract more females – girls and women across all Classes to karting.
I think that the first step is to create awareness.
It will no doubt start as a ‘slow burn’ but I can assure you that it will catch on if we all push it. 4SS would be a great class to promote as a very suitable girls starting class – it’s all about fun, it’s easy to do, its uncomplicated, it’s cheap, it runs across all age groups.