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An Australian has been elected Deputy President of the FIA Institute of Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability.

He is Garry Connelly AM, a serving member of the Institute's Executive Committee and long-time delegate to the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) on behalf of the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS).

The FIA Institute is an international not-for-profit that develops and improves motor sport safety and sustainability.

It leads projects that encourage the rapid development of new and improved safety technologies, which facilitate higher standards of education and training, and raise awareness of safety and sustainability issues.

It also promotes excellence and achievement in all areas of motor sport. It has become an authoritative voice on safety, sustainability, innovation and excellence in motor sport.

Andrew Papadopolous, President of CAMS, said Mr Connelly's election represented a proud day for Australian motor sport.

"This is a hugely significant personal achievement for Garry," said Mr Papadopoulos.

"It is also a huge coup for the sport in this country to have a representative elected to such high office within world motor sport."

"At CAMS, we are especially proud of Garry's election to Deputy President of the FIA Institute, and we look forward to continuing our very close association with the Institute."

Former Deputy President, Professor Gérard Saillant, has been elected to the Presidency, assuming the role from Professor Sid Watkins - The Formula One race doctor and inaugural President of the FIA Institute - who has retired after 50 years in motor sport.

"It has been a great honour to have been involved with the Institute, and I am delighted to be able to continue to do so as Deputy President," said Garry Connelly.

"It has been a particular privilege to have worked with one of motor sport's truly great personalities in Professor Watkins."

"The FIA Institute has progressed hugely under his charge, and I will do all I can to ensure that this momentum carries on for the benefit of motor sport world wide."

CAMS is recognised by the FIA Institute as a Regional Training Provider (one of only four in the world), enabling it to actively assist in the development of motor sport in other regions and countries.

Mr Connelly is also a Director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS), which was established by CAMS with similar objectives to those of the FIA Institute.

CAMS congratulates Garry Connelly on his appointment and wishes him all the best for the future.