The Program

Dare to be Different is a global, not-for-profit initiative spear-headed by former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff. In Australia the program is backed by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS). We offer school girls aged 8-14 a unique opportunity to participate in our free Dare to be Different events.

The goal of the program is to grow interest in STEM subjects and industries amongst school girls with the aim of increasing female participation in these sectors, using motor sport as a tool to expose them to the incredible opportunities and career paths.

 

“The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and were very impressed by the opportunities available in the motor sport Industry... the energy and smiles on the girls faces coming home yesterday were pure joy.” - Susanne, St John Fisher College

2019 Calendar

Please register your school here.

Event:State:Date:
Australian Grand PrixVIC15 March
Erebus MotorsportVIC21 May
Supercars Ipswich SuperSprintQLD26 July
Go Kart Track Port MelbourneVIC20 September
Triple Eight Race EngineeringQLD17 October
Supercars Newcastle 500NSW21 November
Supercars Newcastle 500NSW22 November

*Dates and events are provisional and subject to change.

 

“[D2BD] has helped to open a whole new world that the girls did not know existed. We may never know just how beneficial the day has been for their futures. Certainly it has only fuelled their passion for science and engineering type pursuits.” - Rob, Upper Coomera State College

Our mission:

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Inspire the next generation of young girls to consider a career in STEM Industries, including motor sport.

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Connect young girls and women who work in motor sport

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Showcase role models and those who have dared to be different.

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Support and develop talent, unleash potential, inspire and connect.

“It makes me want to be like them, they are awesome, because they all have persevered and become who they wanted to be.” – Natasha

 

Ambassadors of Dare To Be Different Australia

Betty Klimenko: Team Owner - Erebus Motorsport
Bonnie Beard: Motor Sport Mechanic - Erebus Motorsport
Emily Duggan: Race Driver
Emma Notarfrancesco: Host & Pit Reporter Australian Superbikes
Jessica Dane: Commercial Operations Officer and Team Co-Owner - Triple Eight Race Engineering
Jessica Yates: Fox Sports Australia Host and Journalist
Kate Peck: TV Presenter
Molly Taylor: 2016 CAMS Australian Rally Champion
Romy Mayer: Performance & Data Engineer at Triple Eight
Simona De Silvestro: Supercars & Formula E Driver
 

“I was inspired by the female engineers and all that they have been through to get where they want to be in life.” - Ma’u

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“We met incredible women that give anything a go.” – Abbey

 

 


About

CAMS has joined forces with Susie Wolff and the Dare To Be Different team to launch the program in Australia. 

The initiative will help young girls from around Australia to understand the opportunities that await them in the motor sport industry, whether it is as a driver, engineer, mechanic or one of the many other roles in a growing industry. 

Former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff formed Dare To Be Different in 2016 alongside Rob Jones, then CEO of the UK's Motor Sport Association (today known as Motorsport UK).

The not-for-profit organisation aims to inspire and celebrate women in every aspect of motorsport. 

Dare To Be Different also hopes to change the preconceptions of a male-dominated sport by increasing participation of women to spark change.

 

 

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Contact

For more information, email d2bd@cams.com.au or phone the CAMS hotline on 1300 883 959.

For the official Dare To Be Different website, click here.

“The event really opened me up to female engineers and mechanics and what their role is to the world.” – Charlotte

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