The CAMS Women of Australian Motor Sport Committee has today announced Off Road racer Kristy Hedley as the recipient of its 2012/13 Junior Development Scholarship.
A high-quality list of applicants nominated for the scholarship, which will see the winner receive opportunities to further her career, as well as guidance in their development in the sport.
The 21 year-old from New South Wales was selected as the winner due to her numerous successes in the Off Road Extreme 2WD Class.
Hedley won the NSW Championship in 2011 and recently became the first female and first Extreme 2WD ever to win a round of the NSW Championship outright when she took out the event at the Wittitrin 300 in May.
“I am very excited about the year to come and very proud to have been awarded this scholarship,” said Kristy on receiving the news.
“I don’t think I will be able to wipe this smile from my face for a very long time!
“Things have been going really well with my racing lately, and I hope that this will continue that trend.
“Ultimately, my goal is to race in the Dakar Rally – an opportunity like this can only help push me closer towards that goal.”
The WAMS Junior Development Scholarship will run for one year and provide Kristy with access to physical training, sports psychology, nutritional advice, driver training, media and public speaking training, mentoring and network opportunities.
In addition, WAMS is currently working on securing a test for Kristy in a higher class Off Road race car.
Selection panelist and two-time Bathurst winner, Steven Richards, believes that Hedley is representative of what this scholarship is about.
“Kristy has been racing against, and beating, all comers for a while now,” he said. “She is living proof that gender is no barrier to achieving results in motor sport.
“This opportunity is about ensuring that the best talent out there has access to the resources to further develop their career.
“To that end, Kristy was the unanimous selection for this scholarship – she has the results on the board, she has won championships…
“We believe that this will only help her on her way to achieving her goals.”
Kristy will travel to Melbourne in August to undertake her first physical assessments, as well as initial training.
The runner-up for the scholarship was aspiring Victorian Formula Ford driver Chelsea Angelo.
The WAMS selection committee was impressed by the 16 year-old, and will send her to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) next month as part of the CAMS driver development program.