Motorsport Zimbabwe and Pole Position Karts team up to raise awareness and increase the number of women in sport with the hosting of the FIA Girls on Track Event. Photo: Jane Tellings
Fun and educational, this program invited young women to immerse themselves in the motorsport space in an innovative, engaging, and positive manner. Photo: Jane Tellings

Women in Motorsport in the Spotlight in Zimbabwe

by | Sep 22, 2021

At least 20 young girls between 8-12 years old have participated in Zimbabwe’s first-ever FIA Girls on Track event aimed at raising awareness and increasing the number of women in motorsport.

FIA Girls on Track is a purpose-driven movement that aims to raise awareness and increase the number of women in motorsport by unlocking opportunities and opening young eyes to the many and varied aspects of the industry.

Fun and educational, this program invited young women to immerse themselves in the motorsport space in an innovative, engaging, and positive manner.

Kevin Dufty owner of Pole Position Karts told us that the FIA Girls on Track program was a collaboration between Pole Position Karts and Motorsport Zimbabwe.

“In Zimbabwe, the gender imbalance has led to women being greatly underrepresented in STEM industries.”

For decades, Dufty has played a proactive role in developing karting in Zimbabwe, and they felt the International FIA program was perfect to not only encourage young girls to get involved in motorsport but to show that they can chase their dreams and achieve anything they put their mind to.

“We were oversubscribed, which bodes well for the future of the program.” – Pole Position Karts owner, Kevin Dufty

The number of participants were restricted as they comply with government COVID-19 restrictions. Despite the restrictions, the event was fully booked.

Worldwide, the program is still developing and Zimbabwe is the third African country to host such an event behind Namibia and of course, South Africa, who recently had one of their young girl karters qualify for this year’s Girls on Track rising star program in Europe.

Dufty told gsport that the event was a massive success and that they are already planning their next event aimed at older girls between the ages of 13-18.

“I’m excited to say that the event was a massive success and beyond our expectations. The girls that participated had a remarkable day and experienced a range of exciting activities that lived up to the mantra of daring to be different. Unquestionably, they were all truly inspired!

“One of the key requirements of the FIA program is that it is sustainable and while having our first event was fantastic it does need to be a continuous program. We are already planning our next event which is aimed at the older girls from 13 to 18 years. This one will have similar content, but will be more biased towards STEM subjects and careers to inspire the older girls.”

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Motorsport Zimbabwe and Pole Position Karts team up to raise awareness and increase the number of women in sport with the hosting of the FIA Girls on Track Event. Photo: Jane Tellings

Photo 2 Caption: Fun and educational, this program invited young women to immerse themselves in the motorsport space in an innovative, engaging, and positive manner. Photo: Jane Tellings

 

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