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24 women selected to work as race officials for the Singapore Grand Prix
24 women selected to work as race officials for the Singapore Grand Prix

PARIS:  The first-ever Women Officials' Exchange programme was developed in collaboration with the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission and the FIA Volunteers and Officials Commissions.

This new project intends to support and develop female officials in motorsports all over the world. It is also an opportunity to introduce women to all the crucial volunteer positions held at the top level of the sport.

24 applicants were selected from 300 submissions, representing 6 regions and 24 nationalities. They will have at least a year of experience officiating in any capacity in their home country when they compete in the Singapore Grand Prix.  The programme will give them their first experience both abroad and at a world championship event.

The participants will be assigned to a trackside position for the weekend after completing a safety course. Kids will also rotate through the pitlane, paddock, scrutineers, and starting position so they may experience every aspect of a top-notch competition and learn about the rules and regulations specific to Formula 1. A local female official will serve as their mentor for the length of the expedition and help them in their tasks.

The new Women Officials' Exchange Program, according to FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, "illustrates FIA determination to aggressively foster the engagement of women in racing, on and off track. In collaboration with our members, it encourages women from all backgrounds to pursue crucial positions in Formula 1 officials. To reach my goal of doubling motorsport involvement, women's participation is essential.

"I am pleased with the successful debut of our Women Officials' Exchange Program, with numerous candidates from FIA Clubs throughout the world," stated Deborah Mayer, president of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission. They share a love of motorsports, a commitment to it, and a strong desire to make it better. Motorsports rely heavily on officials and volunteers. I'm thrilled that our programme can highlight women's participation and promote fresh vocations.

 I am quite happy to see this activity taking place during the Singapore Grand Prix, said Janette Tan, the Asia-Pacific Representative of the FIA WIM Commission and a member of the FIA VOC. I am so proud of our 250 female officials and volunteers there, and I know the 24 women will have a wonderful time. Before they serve as ambassadors for female officials in their home countries, the program's goal is to equip them with the information and skills necessary to officiate at a top-notch tournament.

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