This morning marks the second day of the groundbreaking FIM Women and Sustainability Conference in Jerez, Spain. Following last night’s official opening ceremony and initial session today will see a packed schedule of sessions covering a range of thought provoking topics that will include Greening our Events, Inspiring Volunteers in Motorcycling, Breaking down Barriers, Education as a Pillar of Sustainable Sport, Preserving the world for future generations, and Inspiring young people to make a difference.
Expert speakers from both the motorcycle community and from a diverse spectrum of other sports and backgrounds will debate the varied subject matter with each being given its own break-out session throughout the day before the FIM Chief Executive Officer - Ignacio Verneda will bring the event to a close later today.
During his opening speech the FIM CEO explained the importance of hosting the inaugural FIM Women and Sustainability Conference here in Jerez.
“Today we are meeting here in Jerez. It is a city internationally recognised for the great sporting activity on its circuit as well as for its horses, its bodegas, its wines and the industry that surrounds them, and for a host of other things besides. Allow me to share with you something that may seem trivial but that has a great importance for me in the context of the circumstances in which I am speaking to you.”
“Twelve months ago, many of us met up here in this same city for the FIM General Assembly and Gala. Many of our delegates and myself used a taxi from time to time. The taxi drivers always asked the same question: Are you here for the FIM? And as the conversation went on, they would say to you that it was very important for the city that we were here in the off-season to boost jobs and the local economy. The same reception was given to the delegates who went to the hairdressers and all those who went to restaurants and bought things in the shops. This is just a small reflection of our positive impact, of a positive impact that we are not always capable of evaluating, valuing and ‘selling’.”