The brand new award recognises organisations or people making motorsport accessible to all folks with bodily disabilities, with the initiative led by FIA Incapacity and Accessibility Fee head Nathalie McGloin.
Nominees for the award wanted to met the factors of “organisation or working of devoted racing occasions for individuals with disabilities, or important help to facilitate them, car diversifications design or engineering or coaching for folks with disabilities” to become involved in motorsport.
Out of quite a few functions for the award, the FFSA Worldwide Handikart Trophy, shaped in 2014 to advertise handikart and encourage disabled folks to find the motorsport self-discipline, has been chosen because the first-ever winner.
“I wish to warmly congratulate the FFSA Worldwide Handikart Trophy for profitable the primary FIA EmPowering Disabled Motor Sport Award,” FIA president Jean Todt mentioned.
“The FIA is strongly dedicated to recognising and rewarding those that make motorsport extra accessible.
“I hope that this new award and its first winner will act as a catalyst for consciousness and progress on this path.”
McGloin added: “Since its inauguration in 2018, our Incapacity and Accessibility Fee has labored onerous to extend the variety of disabled folks in motorsport.
“To actually make an enduring change, we want initiatives like this competitors devoted to disabled drivers.
“On account of this programme, a few of them have been in a position to compete in high-level FIA championships.
“I wish to personally thank the organisers of the FFSA Worldwide Handikart Trophy for his or her dedication and I hope that this award will encourage different initiatives, which is able to assist our Fee to attain its ambition of creating motorsport accessible to all.”
Nicolas Deschaux, FFSA President, was naturally delighted by the popularity from the FIA and is raring to see it as a stepping stone to additional develop and help incapacity motorsport.
“The figurehead of that is the Worldwide Handikart Trophy, which has been held in France for 4 seasons now,” Deschaux defined.
“I wish to give a particular point out to our Handikart Working Group, headed by Mr Alain Nicolle, whose dedication to the organisation of this occasion has led to the Federation receiving this honour.
“We should all proceed collectively down this path, to make sure the longevity of handisport.”