Photographed from the left: professional road racer Shelina Moreda, ex-skier Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Moto3 series rider Maria Herrera and Nita Korhonen.
First Women in Motorsport conference in Finland
The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme FIM and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile FIA came together for the inaugural Women in Motorsport conference on August 17th and 18th 2019, when the first-ever Women in Motorsport conference was held in Vierumäki, in the Lahti Region.
This was a historical event as it gathered the FIM and the FIA in plenary sessions and workshops to address a variety of topics. Besides sharing stories of successful motorsport women, the conference also involved a wide range of international experts.
FIM President Jorge Viegas gave the welcoming speech and then yielded the floor to the speakers, mainly women, from over 20 countries from all 5 continents who expressed their views and experiences on matters such as women empowerment, leadership, women’s role in the industry, and the future task of involving girls in motorsports.
Attendees heard inspirational stories by women riders, drivers, engineers, entrepreneurs, team managers who have been pioneers in their field and proudly racing against and among “the boys”. One of the guests was Maria Herrera, former Moto3™ World Championship rider, the first woman to ever win a Spanish Championship race (CEV), and current FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup rider. She shared some stories from her early days in the CEV where she fought some battles with MotoGP™ rider Fabio Quartararo. Maria didn’t fail to mention how important teamwork is, regardless of gender, to obtain good results.
The Women in Motorsport conference was the perfect occasion for professionals, mostly women, to network and meet other experts from different fields but sharing the same passion.
FIA Women in Motorsport Commission President Michèle Mouton:
“Since we formed the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission we have collaborated with our FIM Women in Motorcycling colleagues, sharing ideas, best practices and learning about the challenges women face in our respective sports. We have seen from previous activities that when we combine resources we can make an even bigger impact. We were delighted to co-host this first world conference and I am convinced together we can help to increase the participation of more women in both four and two-wheel drive mixed motor sport.”
FIM President Jorge Viegas:
“We were very excited to have so many brilliant speakers joining us in Finland. Getting the next generation involved in motorcycling as riders or volunteers is a fundamental subject for us these days especially when the gap between generations is increasing… I want to thank FIA for their co-operation with this historical event where we shared our common passion and plans for the future of motorsport.”