SINGAPORE MOTOR SPORT ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHES WOMEN & MOTOR SPORT COMMISSION
Singapore, 24 November 2010 - The Singapore Motor Sports Association (SMSA) officially announces the establishment of a Women & Motor Sport Commission (WMC). With a vision to build an active community of women in motor sport, the objectives of the SMSA-WMC are in line with the Federation Internationale de lâ Automobile (FIA) Women & Motor Sport Commission which was instituted earlier this year.
The SMSA-WMC aims to promote a sports culture that facilitates and values the full involvement of women in all aspects of motor sport- competitive, recreational and spectator- and as athletes, officials and managers. Strategies and policies will be formulated to promote the education and training of women in motor sport. Actions and events will also be implemented to allow the sharing of experiences and reflection on how to strengthen the participation of women in motor sport.
Headed by Chairperson Lynn Tan, the Commission comprises of five ladies- Isabella Chong, Jasber Kaur, Cheryl Tay and Kate Yeung- all of whom have strong, relevant motor sport experiences. (Refer to Annex A)
Other than the FIA-WMC, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) also has a Commission for Women in Motorcycling (CFM) to create egalitarian opportunities to promote equal treatment for women involved in motorcycle-related activities. Since 1994, the International Working Group on Women & Sport (IWG) has been in existence along with the Brighton Declaration on Women & Sport. Both encompass all sports and not just motor sport, with an aim towards the advancement, empowerment and full involvement of women in every aspect of sport globally.
As the Singapore affiliate of the FIA, FIM and Commission Internationale de Karting (CIK), as well as the National Sporting Authority for motor sport in Singapore, SMSA recognises the relevance of such commissions and working groups devoted to these causes.
Says SMSA Deputy President, Harold Netto, “I have witnessed the participation of women in motor sport locally, be it as competitors or officials, since the 1960s. It is appropriate that SMSA accord women their due recognition and formalize their contributions through the SMSA-WMC, a Commission that is also focused on building and growing this community.”
Besides the WMC, SMSA has also established an Automobile Sporting Commission, a Motorcycle Sporting Commission, a Kart Sporting Commission and a Disciplinary Commission.