FIA Girls on Track - Dare to be Different is a global, not-for-profit initiative spear-headed by former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff. In Australia the program is backed by Motorsport Australia. We offer school girls aged 8-18 a unique opportunity to participate in our free Girls on Track - Dare to be Different events.
The goal of the program is to grow interest in STEM subjects and industries amongst school girls with the aim of increasing female participation in these sectors, using motorsport as a tool to expose them to the incredible opportunities and career paths.
“The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and were very impressed by the opportunities available in the motor sport Industry... the energy and smiles on the girls faces coming home yesterday were pure joy.” - Susanne, St John Fisher College
Inspire the next generation of young girls to consider a career in STEM Industries, including motorsport.
Connect young girls and women who work in motorsport
Showcase role models and those who have dared to be different.
Support and develop talent, unleash potential, inspire and connect.
“It makes me want to be like them, they are awesome, because they all have persevered and become who they wanted to be.” – Natasha
Ambassadors of Dare To Be Different Australia
“I was inspired by the female engineers and all that they have been through to get where they want to be in life.” - Ma’u
“We met incredible women that give anything a go.” – Abbey
Motorsport Australia joined forces with Susie Wolff and the Dare To Be Different team to launch the program in Australia in 2018.
The initiative was designed to help young girls from around Australia understand the opportunities that await them in the motorsport industry, whether it is as a driver, engineer, mechanic or one of the many other roles in a growing industry.
Former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff formed Dare To Be Different in 2016 alongside Rob Jones, then CEO of Motorsport UK. From 2020, the Australian program was rebranded to FIA Girls on Track - Dare to be Different.
The not-for-profit organisation aims to inspire and celebrate women in every aspect of motorsport.
FIA Girls on Track - Dare to be Different also hopes to change the preconceptions of a male-dominated sport by increasing participation of women to spark change.
“[D2BD] has helped to open a whole new world that the girls did not know existed. We may never know just how beneficial the day has been for their futures. Certainly it has only fuelled their passion for science and engineering type pursuits.” - Rob, Upper Coomera State College
For more information, email [email protected] or phone the Motorsport Australia hotline on 1300 883 959.
For the global FIA Girls on Track website, click here.
“The event really opened me up to female engineers and mechanics and what their role is to the world.” – Charlotte