In 2014 the MWA Board recognised the need to support the growth and development of women and girls involved in all aspects of motorcycling in Western Australia, so it took the step to develop the Motorcycling WA Women’s Committee (MWAW Committee).
The primary focus of the MWAW’s committee was set to work with clubs and promoters to increase opportunities for women and girls to participate in the sport, in both competition and recreational activities, to support women and girls involved in the sport in other roles such as coaching, administrators and officials, to advocate for diversity at the highest levels to ensure the MWA Board retains at least 40% female membership.
The inaugural committee established the girls ride days with the support of mx clubs around the state, many coaching events for both senior and jnr girls in several disciplines as well as building a network of like minded women and girls to support each other and the growth of the sport. There have been a range of activities that have supported the initiatives – from fund raising at Bunnings to support women and girls to travel to National Competitions; a female race team supported by private sponsors; several years of running the annual Ladies and vets race days; ladies garage day; supporting high level coaches to come to WA; to advocating for women’s classes and events being held in WA; hugely successful Annual awards.
The MWA W committee was recognised by the WA Department of Sport and Recreation in 2016 for their work in supporting gender diversity in the sport and was awarded the Women in Sport award. Following on from that, the MWA W committee was recognised internationally by the FIM and awarded the FIM Women’s Commission Women in Sport award in 2017 for its diverse program supporting all disciplines and all areas of the sport from riders, to coaches, to administrators and leadership.
The MWA W committee continues to evolve and look to new ways to support and engage women and girls in the sport. In 2019 the inaugural ‘season opener ‘ supported by Cullys Motorcycles saw over 90 women and girls from all disciplines attend a night of socialising and recognition in preparation for the year to come. The MWA W committee are always looking for new ideas, supporters and feedback. Don’t hesitate to get in contact with us and share your ideas.
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2019 Committee Office Bearers
2019 Committee Members
President: Tracy Simpson ( MWA Board, level 4 Official
Secretary: Leeha Worthington (MX, Trials, coach extraordinaire)
Treasure: Kelly Dijbdahl (MX, Supermoto, creative genius)
Media: Megan Gaske (media extraordinaire)
Paul Bagnall (MX, Enduro, member of MX Sporting Panel)
Lynne Makin (Enduro, ORRC, Official- Race Secretary)
Sophie Fowler (Enduro, photograpaher extraordinaire, Club Secretary)
Shaz Kent (Supermoto, Road Racing, Coach)
Kerry O’leary ( Mx, super Race Secretary, junior advocate)
Tahlia Lang ( MX, Club President, active advocate for women and girls )