Girls on Track to star on VALO Adelaide 500 schedule

Wednesday 12 October, 2022
Photo: Angryman Photography
South Australian girls and women will be treated to an exclusive insight into the motorsport industry during December’s VALO Adelaide 500.   
As part of the FIA Girls on Track program, Motorsport Australia are providing girls between the ages of 8 and 22 the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the most experienced personal the industry has to offer.  
Schools across the state are encouraged to register for the Girls on Track - Inspire free program where participants (aged 8 – 15) will complete a range of activities and workshops – including garage tours, reaction and fitness testing, pit stop and simulator challenges and STEM media sessions.  
The Girls on Track – Pathways event for girls aged 15 – 22 years old will also take place during the VALO Adelaide 500. This event is for girls who are passionate about motorsport and want to learn more about the various roles in the industry.  
Attendees in the Pathways program will hear from a range of industry leaders and ambassadors throughout the day, including Nadine Armstrong, Kristen Bailey, Courtney Tyler, Emily Duggan, and Motorsport Australia’s own Nicky Lennon.  
Other guests with extensive involvement in the industry will also feature during the event to provide an unmatched experience for all that are involved.  
Motorsport Australia Chief Executive Officer Eugene Arocca was excited at the prospect of the program featuring in Adelaide.  

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“This will be the first time that the innovative Girls on Track program will be held at the VALO Adelaide 500,” Arocca said.  
“It is clear evidence of the commitment from the South Australian Government and South Australian Motor Sport Board to support the growing participation of women in motorsport.”  
“We are experiencing record engagement with women in motorsport and support for our programs at the VALO Adelaide 500 will continue to increase both the appeal and reach of motorsport, particularly to young girls.” 
“On behalf of everyone at Motorsport Australia I want to thank Premier Malinauskas and his government for not only bringing back the VALO Adelaide 500 but for supporting important grass roots initiatives.” 
VALO Adelaide 500 Chief Executive Mark Warren echoed the words of Arocca, stating the importance of showcasing the industry to young women.  
“As fans of all ages flock back to the Adelaide street circuit, it’s important to the event to showcase the various career pathways available to students and young people in the sport,” Warren said. 
“Motorsport can be a vehicle for South Australian students to develop an interest and skillset in STEM avenues like engineering and software analytics, and we look forwarding to hosting the FIA Girls on Track program alongside our Schools Day to create opportunities for our next generation of motorsport careerists at the VALO Adelaide 500.”
Schools looking to get involved in the Girls on Track - Inspire event can email [email protected] for more information, while individuals can register for event here. 
Interested participants for Pathways event can register here.
The FIA Girls on Track program will take place at the VALO Adelaide 500 on Thursday 1 December.  
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