In Australia women and girls are becoming involved in the sport in increasing numbers, as riders, as officials, as coaches, as volunteers and as administrators in all the different disciplines. We are lucky to have some incredibly talented females in the industry and our plan is to create an environment where this continues to grow.
Some of the key areas the committee will be focusing on are :
- To identify and support the needs of women and girls in motorcycling and initiate appropriate strategies to encourage growth, development, participation and safety of females in motorcycle sport throughout Australia.
- Develop and implement both strategies and resources for the promotion of female participation to competitors and other key stakeholders within the sport.
- Bring about sustainable organisational change through all levels of Motorcycling Australia in relation to females and female involvement throughout the sport.
- Contact with all MA Commissions on issues related to diversity and inclusion
The MA women’s committee will be meeting regularly and also looking to establish contacts within each State Controlling body to ensure that all states are actively supporting opportunities for inclusion for women and girls. The committee will also be working with the promoters of National championships and clubs to support a wide range of events for women and girls as well as regular communication with the MA media officer to promote events, participants and also to showcase role models for all to aspire to in the sport.
In creating an inclusive environment, the committee is also wanting to hear from members about any current issues in the sport, areas for growth and opportunities to continue to develop our riders, officials, coaches and leaders. Let us know what is important out there for the women and girls in the sport and share your stories with us. You can contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
MA Women’s Committee members:
Jemma Wilson (Qld)
Multiple world champion Enduro rider and coach who is committed to giving back to the sport she loves. Jemma now hosts regular women’s ride days and coaching events all over the country to support the growth and development of women and girls in the sport.
Lauren Weaver (Vic)
A passionate road racer who has been involved in the sport for many years. Lauren is a Level 3 Race Secretary and Clerk of Course, a club secretary and also a member of the Motorcycling Victoria Board. Lauren is also pivotal in organising the Women’s only ride days (W.O.R.D) at Broadford which have seen increasing numbers of women enjoying an opportunity to ride on the track.
Alana Baratto (NSW)
Alana has been passionate about motorcycling from a young age! Having spent the last fifteen years in the corporate side of the industry she is passionate about seeing more women on motorcycles and participating in all areas of our sport. The dream is to see more women embracing motorcycling as a lifestyle in all capacities: riders, volunteers, spectators and support teams.
Rikki Dryden (Vic)
Rikki’s love of motorcycling and career in motorsport begun about 15 years ago working at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Enjoying riding track days all over the country, Rikki also has some enduro, motocross, road and adventure riding experience and cannot stay off a bike for too long!
Rikki has run moto tours in Europe for 4 years and now working with Motorcycling Australia and loving every day. Over her years in the industry, building female participation has been a high priority and passion, and is honoured to be a part of the MA Women’s Committee.