Toyota 86 Racing Series competitor Emily Duggan has welcomed the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS)’s announcement of a new commission to encourage the participation and development of women in motorsport.
Duggan, who has stepped up to national-level racing in 2018, has long been passionate about inspiring more women to compete in the sport.
“I don’t think it should be unusual for women to go motor-racing,” Duggan said.
“The day I’m no longer described as being a ‘female racing driver’, because it’s not seen as different for a woman to be on the track, will be a very positive day for the sport.
“But to get to that point, we need to do a lot more to make car racing an appealing activity for women.”
CAMS announced the new commission will begin its work early in 2019, and has confirmed that one of its members will be Olympian Margot Foster, an appointed CAMS director.
“I look forward to seeing the direction this new commission will take under Margot’s leadership – she has achieved top-level international success at the Olympics, and has occupied a number of roles associated with women’s sport,” Duggan said.
“Margot’s vast experience will be a valuable asset to the commission, and will place it in a strong position to build on the achievements of the WAMS (Women in Australian Motorsport) organisation, which has raised widespread awareness for females participating in all aspects of motorsport.
“It’s an exciting time for women currently in motorsport, and those wanting to become involved, and I’m looking forward to continuing to pursue my own career ambitions while also doing everything I can to make it easier for others to become involved,” Duggan concluded.