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.
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.
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.
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 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.