Like any sport, Motorsport has enormous potential to provide enjoyment, motivation, and pride to those who participate, whether as drivers, mechanics, engineers, or event officials.
In line with the global policy on diversity and inclusion of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), Garry and Monique Connelly have privately launched and sponsored Racing Together to show Indigenous boys and girls aged between 12 and 16 a way into Motorsport for careers or just recreation.
The Connelly's bring substantial experience as international motorsport administrators and former rally competitors. Garry Connelly, AM, is Australia's representative on the FIA - the world motorsport governing body - a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council, a Director of the Australian Institute for Motor Sport Safety, and a Chairman of the Formula 1 Steward. He has held many other senior roles across more than four decades in the sport.
Racing Together has already secured support from the national governing body, Motorsport Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation Gunya Meta and prominent motorsport identities, including Bathurst 1000 winner and young-driver mentor Paul Morris. Indigenous community leaders and professional advisors have backed the project.
It is possible for corporations or individuals to make tax deductible donations to Racing Together via the Australian Sports Foundation. Racing Together is recognised by the Foundation and to make a tax deductible donation simply click here, or go to the following link: https://asf.org.au/donate/racing-together/
Garry has been involved in motorsport for more than 40 years and represents Australia on the world governing body for motorsport – the FIA. He is also one of the permanent Chairmen of Stewards for Formula 1.
Garry has extensive board experience in the financial services sector, start-up companies and is also a director of the Australian Road Safety Foundation.
Monique is a former rally driver with a wealth of experience in motorsport both in Australia and overseas. She has also performed key roles in the organisation of Australia’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship over many years.
As co-founder of Racing Together Monique has a particular focus on the inclusion of young females in career positions within the sport.
Ian brings to the board a long history of corporate governance, having served on numerous boards and more recently, retired from the role of CEO of the RACQ after 13 years at the helm.
Now the Chairman of the Global Mobility Alliance, Ian is a former lawyer and has a particular focus on risk management and corporate governance.
Roland has extensive automotive business experience in the UK and Australia. Roland was the founder of the Park Lane (UK) vehicle acquisition business in the UK some 30 years ago.
He moved to Australia in 2002 where he founded the highly successful Triple Eight Race Engineering. Triple Eight has now won nine Supercars Teams Championships, eight Driver’s titles and seven Bathurst 1000 crown.
Roland also has extensive other business experience and is a Non Executive Director of public company PWR Holdings Ltd.
Ryan is the Chairman and CEO of Championship winning Supercars racing team Shell V Power Racing Team (Dick Johnson Racing).
He has been Team Principal of the famous organisation since taking an ownership stake alongside the legendary Dick Johnson in 2013.
Prior to motorsport, Ryan had a successful career in business, running his own consulting company with global reach, developing proprietary data management solutions, software, customer research and targeting programs and licensed proprietary technology within both the private and public sectors.
Paul is a highly successful racing driver and businessman. He has been competing since 1987 at all levels of motorsport. He won the Bathurst 1000 in 2014.
On four occasions Paul has won the Australian Super Touring Car Championship. Currently he competes in the Stadium Super Truck category.
Paul is also the owner and operator of the highly successful Norwell Motorplex, located in Logan Shire between Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The Motorplex is the home base for Racing Together.
Taliqua is a Commonwealth Games silver medallist and volleyball World Championships bronze medallist.
Taliqua is the first Indigenous Australian beach volleyball player to represent her country at an Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.