New blood injected in Victorian State Council
Thursday 21 February, 2019
24-year-old Alisha Min has attended her first Victorian State Council meeting at CAMS in Melbourne.
The Victorian State Council has recently welcomed the newest member to its ranks, with 24-year-old Alisha Min attending her first meeting at CAMS in Melbourne.
After making her first appearance at the meeting, Min was quite impressed with the council and the passion of those in attendance.
“It was very good and I am really glad I went along because I got a fantastic insight into the sport,” Min said.
“It was a great opportunity to sit there and observe the members and how that council works, especially in regards to the members.
“They were very welcoming to me. I had a lot of people come up to me afterwards and have a chat about why I was there which was great.”
While Min’s enthusiasm to join the council may have created some extra buzz about the meeting, those close to her know how passionate she is about female participation in male dominated sports.
Currently working at the Victorian Amateur Football Association (VAFA) in a similar role, as well as being a fan herself, Min believes her wealth of experience can help offer a different perspective.
"I have really strong women, and men, around me always pushing for that growth in diversity and pushing for the different perspective from an under-represented gender," Min explained.
“Hopefully I can provide some valuable insight on the sporting landscape with the broader industry in mind, rather than just a motor sport point of view.
“I want to genuinely contribute to a sport I’m passionate about and I know there is already a big push at CAMS for more inclusion and diversity for women, including the new commission, so I just wanted to be part of it to be honest.”
With Min planning to attend the next State Council meeting later this month after an enjoyable experience, Min is well aware of her goals and what she needs to do to achieve them.
“I feel like it’s hard to put a number on what I want to achieve, but I guess my thought process in joining the council is to simply provide an alternate point-of-view,” Min added.
“Attending the meeting, I could see how committed these individuals are to the sport and how invested they are to the direction and sustained success of motor sport and their respective disciplines.
“If I can bring some different opinions, then perhaps it may bring out a new wave of participation to this sport we love.”
Despite being the only female to be part of the council and attend the meeting, Min believes her addition offers more than just another voice on the council.
“Since announcing my desire to be part of the council, I think there has been a bit of disbelief, but I think those reactions just highlight the existing stereotypes that are in motor sport,” Min said.
“People might look at me funny because I am a female and in my twenties but that doesn’t need to be the case in the future, and it doesn’t bother me in the slightest.”
“My endeavour is to value-add to the fantastic work this CAMS executive has been doing for a number of years.
"I hope our combined effort can encourage more people to emerge as motor sport enthusiasts and participants, it’d be incredible if this drive could begin to pave the way for a new era.”