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KA Launch Respect Karting Program

KA Launch Respect Karting Program
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Republished from kartsportnews

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Karting Australia and all affiliated State
Karting Associations pledge to stamp out unacceptable behaviour at all levels
of Australian Karting

Karting Australia and our affiliated
State and Territory associations have vowed to stamp out unacceptable behaviour
at karting events with the launch of Karting Australia’s “Respect Karting”
program at the annual Building Better Kart Clubs conference held in Melbourne
last weekend.

In launching the program, which is
understood to be the first of its kind in Australian motorsport, Karting
Australia Chief Executive Kelvin O’Reilly indicated that it will define the
acceptable behaviour in the sport of karting.

“The Respect Karting program will
define the acceptable standard of behaviour for all participants in our sport
so that we create a more rewarding, safe and respectful environment for
everyone in our sport and who may be considering joining our sport” said
O’Reilly.

“The standard that we are setting is
simply understood and achievable by everyone – treat others as you would like
to be treated.”

Acknowledging that the vast majority
of participants in karting are respectful and conduct themselves well most or
all of the time, O’Reilly said “being at a sporting facility – a kart track
does not give anyone the right to act in a disrespectful manner. There is no
place in our sport for the ugly parent syndrome or the ugly competitor
syndrome. We intend to send the message to all levels of competition that its
not okay for anyone to disrespect our sport, our Officials, volunteers, fellow
competitors, Clubs or their own children.”

Key messages in the program are that
as a sport, we value and should expect nothing less from our participants than:

  • Following the ideals of sportsmanship;
  • Keeping things in perspective and that it is
    after all, just a race;
  • Self-control and respect at all time;
  • Always abiding by the rules and accepting the
    official’s decisions;
  • Not using foul language, insulting remarks,
    threats and physical violence;
  • Encouraging leadership, the use of initiative
    and good judgment;
  • Not intentionally violating the integrity of
    the sport.

“There are plenty of provisions in
our rules that enable our officials to deal with disrespectful behaviour but in
the long term, we hope that this becomes self-policing program with fellow
competitors giving a gentle reminder to someone who might be over stepping the
mark,” said O’Reilly.

At the heart of the Respect karting
program is the pledge made by the Member State Associations and Karting
Australia to our karting community:

“On behalf of the Australian
Karting Community, we will call out behaviour that undermines our commitment to
drive a culture of respect for karting and all who participate in our sport.

We will not tolerate abuse
directed towards Drivers, Teams, Officials, Administrators or Volunteers, so
that we can create a safe community, free of bad behaviour, where people want
to participate and where FUN is paramount.”

The initial stage of the program
features:

  • Powerful black and white imagery for prominent
    display at Clubs that highlight negative behaviours that don’t meet the
    respectful standard with accompanying tag line “That Can’t Be Me” and vibrant
    images that reinforce the positive and that speak loudly of the spirt of true
    competition and sportsmanship that is to be admired in our sport.
  • “Please Remember” fence signs that highlight
    that abusive behaviour is not tolerated and that karting is meant to be fun for
    everyone.
  • The Respect Karting Pledge that has been
    endorsed by all Member State and Territory Associations, this can be also made
    by every Club.
  • Seven different versions of the powerful
    Respect Karting logo: Respect Our Officials, Respect Our Opponents, Respect
    Each Other, Respect Our Club, Respect Our Children and Respect Myself.

An emotional Karters Creed video – the long-term shared beliefs of our karting community that highlights the culture and values that we as a sport hold dear for the benefit of all karters, both present and future.

  • The following 12 “Respect Karting” posters can be downloaded HERE. They are for use by Karting Australia clubs across the Country. The download has each poster as a print-ready A3 in DPF format.
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