Beyond sport, for motorcycling

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The 2017 FIM Awards crowned 35 World Champions in Andorra-la-Vella on 26 November. Our prestigious celebration of the sporting season was also the perfect stage on which to present the Fair Play Trophy and reward our Awardees in the FIM’s “Beyond Sport” categories: Women in Motorcycling, Road Safety and the Environment.  We hope that these FIM Award winners will inspire future candidates and raise awareness of the FIM’s commitment to these important fields of endeavour.

Fair Play Trophy – Moto Clube do Porto (POR)

Sport is not just about winning – it is also about sportsmanship, respect, fairness and sharing. These values also extend to the FIM’s other key areas of interest, including Tourism. John and Beth Pineo, two Canadian motorcyclists, were involved in a terrible traffic accident after attending the FIM Mototour of Nations in Porto in 2016. Whilst in hospital, the couple were regularly visited by members of the Moto Clube do Porto, who brought them fruit, pastries and reading materials. They also took care of relaying the couples’ concerns to medical staff, in a country where not everybody is fluent in English, acting as liaison link with the hospital staff. This year’s Awardee has shown an outstanding sense of Fair Play by helping others in a distressing situation. Their acts of kindness to fellow-motorcyclists in distress are a clear demonstration of the values of sportsmanship.

Women in Motorcycling – Women’s Committee - Western Australia (AUS)

Increasing and promoting the presence of women in motorcycling is an important part of the FIM's vision. With this Award, through promotion, education and communication, the FIM and its Women in Motorcycling Commission (CFM) aim to encourage greater awareness of women active in all motorcycling–related activities. The Women’s Committee – Motorcycling Western Australia (MWA) was established in 2014 with the objective of promoting and building women’s/girls’ participation in motorcycle sport in Western Australia, as riders, volunteers, coaches and officials, advocating on behalf of women/girls with promoters/clubs/state for opportunity and recognition, and building social capital and support networks amongst participants to encourage longevity in the sport. The MWA has successfully worked to help women be increasingly valued and included in the motorcycling world, thereby improving women’s experience of motorcycling.

Road Safety Award – Norsk Motorcykkel Union (NMCU) “Full Kontroll

Every year, millions of riders roam the roads worldwide. In order to help them to stay safe while enjoying the ride, the FIM Road Safety Award promotes initiatives or technology improving road traffic safety, particularly for powered two wheelers. Full Kontroll is a motorcycling rider training manual originally written for use in Norway. Subsequently the NMCU decided to produce an English edition and share it freely with the whole motorcycling world. Over the years it has been further developed and today is distributed as an e-book rather than in the original hard copy form. The project is developing further with a new series of videos. FIM experts consider this book to be one of the best training manuals ever written. It covers more than just machine control skills; the psychology of riding and driving is examined in detail so that riders can learn to be good partners in traffic with other road users. Motorcycling safety is one of the FIM’s strategic priorities, and 2017 Awardee NMCU’s Full Kontroll manual is a brilliant solution aimed at making the roads a little safer for motorcyclists.

Environmental Award – MSC Grevenbroich

Environmental impact is one of the major issues we face when it comes to organising motorcycling events. Negative impact on the natural environment must be minimised whilst positive impact must be enhanced, making motorcycling an even more sustainable and green community. The FIM is committed to raising awareness and promoting green solutions throughout the entire motorcycling world. The German Motocross club MSC Grevenbroich has launched a vast awareness programme as well as working to protect biodiversity, especially certain endangered amphibian species on their site. Through educational measures and day-to-day action in the field, MSC Grevenbroich’s volunteers have managed to secure the population of amphibians as well as reinforcing the message that motorsport and the environment are not polar opposites. Their actions clearly reflect the FIM’s concern for protection and preservation of the environment, encouraging environmental management systems and “green” programmes.

A management team fully committed to the FIM Ride Green philosophy

Organising a large event such as the FIM General Assembly and the Annual Gala ceremony is not an easy task. It has a big impact over a short period and requires considerable resources (water, energy, transport, food, paper etc.). The FIM management team has considered this impact and is committed to organising the event so as to reduce as much as possible the negative environmental footprint produced while taking into account the impact on society and the economy.

THE VENUES
The Sheraton Hotel in Berlin has a clear policy of sustainability. It complies with local and international environmental regulations and focuses on aspects such as reducing the carbon footprint, reducing power consumption, a sustainable supply chain, waste separation, preference for local suppliers.

http://www.sheratonberlinesplanade.com/en/global-citizenship

The Tempodrom Berlin, where all the champions and personalities will meet for the Gala Ceremony this year, is a venue that focuses on climate protection and children’s welfare.

http://www.tempodrom.de/engagement.html

FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Most of the food and beverages have been chosen with local suppliers and local menus both for the FIM meetings and for the GALA dinner. Water and other drinks will be served in glass bottles, avoiding the use of plastic.

WASTE MANAGEMENT
The venues chosen have separation and recycling policies according to local regulations.

TRANSPORTATION AND OFFSET, HELPING COMMUNITIES
The FIM aims to use the most sustainable transport solutions and in this case we are organising collective transportation for the shuttles to and from the airports. The Hotels proposed are within walking distance from the venues.

However, we understand that a totally carbon free event is not possible. The FIM will therefore offset the environmental impact of its General Assembly and Gala Ceremony by supporting the following projects:

Project Mirador Honduras (Gold Standard certified) is a project that, with the construction of efficient cooking stoves in Honduras, offsets 38K TCO2E every year and has reduced the demand for firewood by 50%.

Kariba Project (Verified carbon standard and CCB Standards) is a Forest management project in Zimbabwe aimed and providing sustainable livelihood opportunities for poor communities. By offsetting the emissions generated by our annual activity we will help with health care centres, reforestation, and conservation of the natural habitat amongst others.

SOURCING LOCALLY
We want to encourage local prosperity and for that reason, under our sustainability policy, we prefer to source locally: technical companies, catering, shuttles and hostess agency, TV production, etc.

PAPERLESS POLICY
From the badges to the SMS campaign for reducing printing and paper consumption, we are working to reduce the amount of documents printed!