Women’s Week and WoW’s Profiles for 2017

Women’s Week and WoW’s Profiles for 2017

Queensland Women's Week has started again and it's the second year Motorcycling Queensland will showcase its selection of women in motorcycle sport. Featuring five ladies over the next week from varying backgrounds.

Author: Media/Tuesday, March 07, 2017/Categories: State News

Rachelle joined Motorcycling Queensland in 2008 and not only manages the administrative responsibilities within Motorcycling Queensland but also coordinates the MYLAPS timing system throughout the state, including organising training for clubs.

Rachelle's interest in riding started in her 20's when she began lessons with an instructor in the park.

'When I was in my 20s my friend and I decided to buy motorbikes and obtain a license. I really had no background bikes prior to that. I ended up having some lessons with a bike instructor and remember starting in a park on a bike. It was a struggle at the time to get someone with a license to take me for practical experience out on the roads.'

This  led to Rachelle's involvement in Motorcycling Queensland when her two boys, aged 7 and 5 at the time, began competing. Rachelle initially became a flaggy and then a lap scorer.

Rachelle was involved with a touring group in NSW and often went on riding holidays.Rachelle says she couldn't recommend motorcycling enough to others.'Have a go', she says after many enjoyable years but now appreciates holidays on cruises and watching live football (especially the Brisbane Broncos or the Titans) with her now adult children. She also enjoys karaoke and singing in the shower, though says anyone would hold a better tune. As well as her continued work at Motorcycle Queensland, Rachelle is also the Race Secretary for the Airoh  Helmets Motocross Series and the Motorcycle Sportsmen events leaving little time now for bikes.

When asked why Women's Week is important, Rachelle said;

'Due to the fact that motorcycling is a male dominated sport, I feel it is important to show that women can excel in this sport and in fact any sport occupation. I don't believe that there should be a set ratio on how many females to males in positions but feel that merit only should count.'


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