22nd August 2014
Since being vested with control of Australian karting on 1 September 2013, the Karting Australia Board of Directors and administration have been working to build the foundations necessary to reshape and sustain karting in Australia for the long term.
The main part of this work has been conducting a complete review of the sport, the findings of which have been released today in the report titled – “Creating The Pathway To Growth, Stability And Integrity In Australian Karting – Karting Australia’s Whole of Sport Review – 2014.”
This ‘fresh eyes’ review of Australian karting has taken many months and involved broad consultation with members and key stakeholders.
The Whole of Sport Review addresses, through a multi-faceted approach, six key principles that have largely gone missing from the sport of karting in Australia as it has developed:
– The need for karting to be Fun.
– The need for sustainable Growth.
– The need to provide Value for money at all times.
– The need for Simplicity in a sport that is at times overly complicated.
– The need for the sport at all levels and in all places to be conducted with Integrity.
– The need for improved Retention of competitors, participants, officials and stakeholders.
The Karting Australia Board believes improvements in these six key areas will position karting for growth, a healthy long-term future and increasing relevance in the Australian motorsport and general sporting landscape.
“It was apparent to us from the earliest time that the Board was involved in the sport that there was a need for a major cultural change,” said Doohan.
“We recognise that cultural change is not easy and that it will take time but we are prepared to build our new culture! For karting in Australia this is a time for leadership. We will do what is hard. We will do what is right. We will do what the sport has been crying out to be done for a long time.
“We have recognised the need to put the fun and value back into karting for all to enjoy while constantly striving to raise and deliver upon the expectations of all people entering into and involved in the sport.
“We need people in karting who share our values of delivering and participating in healthy, safe, fun and value for money motor sport. People who are focused on what our sport can become – not what it was or what they thought it was. Sport that must be and will be conducted with integrity at all levels – at the events, on the race tracks, in the paddock and in the committee rooms of our Clubs and State Associations.”
The release of the Whole of Sport Review is a significant starting point for a long-term plan for karting in Australia.
“This is the starting point in a long term plan. This is about our actions, our character, and our people sharing a belief that this is our sport – your sport, and that together we can and will make Australian karting the envy of the global karting world,” said Doohan
“Nothing less will be acceptable.”
Included in the 110-page Whole of Sport Review are outcomes that touch every aspect of the sport of karting in Australia across the following areas:
– Rules and Technical
– Competition Licences
– Race Tracks and Facilities
– Junior Development
– Judicial and Race Meeting Control
– Officials and Officiating
– Brand and Marketing
– Karting Industry
– Pathways – Karting for fun and Striving for Excellence
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