Women

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.

2017 FIM WOMEN IN MOTORCYCLING AWARD

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It is part of the FIM's vision to increase and promote the presence of women in motorcycling. 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.

This award aims to recognise, reward and celebrate those, individuals or organisations, who have significantly contributed to improve the presence of women at all levels. In line with CFM’s “talent to come first” approach, the award-winners share common values and a commitment to increasing the standard of female motorcycling and the number of participants, as well as the representation of women in leading positions throughout motorcycling federations.

Candidates for the Award seek to help women to be increasingly valued and included in the motorcycling world, by cooperating and creating opportunities such as women-only competitions and “have-a-go” events and by promoting role models. They develop sport and activities for women, thereby opening the motorcycling world to all.

CANDIDATES

Kiara Fontanesi (ITA)
Women’s Motocross Rider – 5 times WMX World Champion.

Leslie Porterfield (USA)
Landspeed and Circuit Racing – A mentor involved in motivational speaking and working with charities. She works with many organizations promoting motorcycle awareness, especially women and motorcycling. As an ambassador to women and riding, she aims at breaking barriers and inspiring women and kids.

Female Track Day in Dubai – Sabah Mukri (UAE)
Aims to create and organise the first ever female only track day in Dubai with the objective to encourage female riders to ride on track and have a safe and fun experience.

Toutes en Moto – Female Motorcycling Association (SUI)
A not-for-profit association based in Geneva that organizes a large annual event to draw attention to and defend Women’s Rights by using motorcycles as an example of emancipation, independence, freedom and dignity. Their motto is “Ride/Drive our lives”.

Women’s Commission – Portuguese Federation (FMP) (POR)
The commission has five main objectives: 1) represent the interest of female riders and encourage more participation; 2) raise awareness among female riders; 3) encourage more female riders to join the competition; 4) organize events to promote women’s participation; 5) organize specific female only events.

Missbiker – Community (ITA)
The objectives are: 1) to promote motorcycling among women and increase women’s presence both in touring & leisure as well as in competition; 2) encourage industry (manufacturers etc.) to provide better products and services to female riders; 3) create a network and community as well as organizing events, trainings etc.

Alan Critcher (UK)
Alan Critcher is a speedway enthusiast involved in promoting and raising the profile of female speedway riders around the world. He took part in a riding tour “Ladies Day” across UK to help promote women in Motorsport. He sponsored female Speedway riders to rife at various tracks around England (Carley Gittus AUS, Hayley Perrault USA, Micaela Bazan ARG…)

Enduro Xperience Da Mulher – Women’s Enduro Experience (BRA)
The main goal is to encourage and support women to participate in FIM standard Enduro and Off-road competition, to offer to newcomers a welcoming and helpful environment, with guidance on the rules and help on the sections, empowering them and making them feel confident to participate in competitions.

Girls Racing Team – Female only Endurance Team
The team’s objective is to be a “role model” and attract more female riders to Endurance. The results achieved by this female only Endurance Team show that it is possible for female riders to take part in this very demanding competition and discipline. It sets an example for other female riders who are looking to take part in competition.

Women’s Committee (West AUS)
The MWA Women’s committee was established in 2014 with the objective to promote and build women’s/girls participation in motorcycle sport in Western Australia, as riders, volunteers, coaches and officials , to advocate on behalf of women/girls with promoters/clubs/state for opportunity and recognition, and to build social capital and support networks amongst participants to encourage longevity in the sport.


JURY

Ms Erin Sills (USA)
Landspeed world record holder

Mr Alex Hofmann (GER)
Former Grand Prix Rider and MotoGP commentator

Ms Martine de Cortanze (FRA)
Former Rally and Enduro Rider and 2015 FIM Woman Legend

Ms Tomo Igata (JAP)
Former Grand Prix rider and 2016 FIM Woman Legend

Mr Pedro Venturo-Markoch (PER)
FIM Latin America President

Ms Nita Korhonen (FIN)
CFM Director