RESPECT KARTING PROGRAM
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.
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.
The initial stage of the program features:
- RESPECT KARTING POSTERS – 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 SIGNS – “Please Remember” fence signs that highlight that abusive behaviour is not tolerated and that karting is meant to be fun for everyone.
- RESPECT KARTING PLEDGE – The Respect Karting Pledge that has been endorsed by all Member State and Territory Associations, this can be also made by every Club.
- RESPECT KARTING LOGOS – 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.
- KARTERS CREED VIDEO – 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.