2023 Annual report
FROM THE ACTING CHAIR – PHIL MIDDLETON
I am delighted to present my annual report on what is turning out to be a great year of racing. This year I would like to open with thanking our club committees, volunteers, officials, office staff and our board of directors. This year has been one of renewal and growth. In the first half of the year the Board focused on strengthening our relationship with our members and building a better operational and financial framework for clubs.
The initial phase involved initiating President meetings, aimed at promoting inclusivity. These gatherings foster informal information sharing and facilitate two-way communication between the Board and Clubs. Following this, the Board’s subsequent objective was to alleviate the financial strain associated with organising race meetings. To achieve this goal, race permit fees were reduced by 50%. The board also identified that some clubs needed help with websites and social media. Lisa our Marketing Director has been working with our clubs in this area of need and is doing a fantastic job.
Throughout this year, clubs have witnessed exceptional turnout at state, zone, and special events, reaching record attendance levels. Club days have also experienced strong participation rates. Three northern clubs opted to transition to KA earlier this year leading to a minor decrease in our overall membership. But the great news is that despite this, the participation rate reflected by entry numbers has increased significantly by 39%.
2022 Annual report
FROM THE ACTING CHAIR – PHIL MIDDLETON
As the newly appointed Acting Chair, I would firstly like to thank Paul Brennan AM for his contribution to our sport over the past 11 months. In light of recent catastrophes, unprecedented rain and on the back of Covid 19 recovery I’m happy to report that participation rates have increased by approximately 5% over the last six months. We have to spare a thought for the Lismore Kart Club who once again has had their facility devastated by flooding.
I’m happy to announce the recent appointment of two new board members Ian Black as Director of Competition and Lisa Darley as Director of Promotion, Marketing and Media, myself and the Board are extremely confident that their knowledge and experience will benefit the skill set of the Board. I look forward to working with them into the future.
This year we saw the Hunter Valley Club form and successfully run a number of meetings at the Newcastle facility. We successfully ran four state titles NSW State Tiles at Dubbo, ACT State Titles at Canberra, Speedway, Endurance and new to state title status was the ever
increasing 4SS class.
Thanks goes to Goodyear and Dunlop Tyres and Les May at ALM Sales for sponsoring and promoting the grid kids opportunity to meet drivers and teams at Sydney Motorsport Park Beaurepaires Sydney Night Race at Sydney Motorsport Park and the Repco Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
2021 Annual Report
This year has been yet another interrupted race year, due to the delta strain of Covid-19 heavily impacting both our sport and our lives across New South Wales and the ACT.
However, we successfully implemented a number of
initiatives this year in accordance with our strategic plan and objective of having “More People Karting More Often”.
Savings for Karters in 2021
This year Karting NSW approved the use of non-genuine parts for the IAME Reedjet & Vortex Mini Rok engines from 01 January 2021. The rule change provided no performance advantage, but is intended to save the karter a
significant amount of money. The rule change complimented our previous rule change of October 2020, which also allowed the use of hard-chromed cranks in the Mini Rok engines.
In addition, Karting NSW also approved the use of any commercially available racing tyre that is currently sanctioned for a comparable class for unofficial practice. This decision is to assist with increasing the number of club memberships, increase participation and reduce costs for competitors.
Licences on Hold
Our events were suspended with lockdowns across Greater Sydney and then into regional NSW progressively from
June 2021. Karting NSW placed all licences registered in MyKarting™ Portal, “ON HOLD” from 28th July 2021 for a period of 8 weeks. [Read More]
2020 Annual Report
It has certainly been an extraordinary year, not only in karting, but for humankind.
I accepted the position of Chair on 06 March 2020 and certainly did not anticipate the enormous task ahead of us in managing the sport through bushfires, droughts and a global pandemic.
Prior to Covid-19 lockdowns at the end of March, KNSW hosted the 2020 Gala Weekend, the inaugral KNSW International Women’s Day Lunch and celebrated the opening of the track extension of the Canberra Kart Racing Club. Canberra hosted its first ‘fully booked” race weekend with over 120 participants attending in a restricted Covid-19 racing environment.
On 25 March 2020, due to government directions on Covid- 19 – all KNSW Sanctioned Events ceased. KNSW placed all licences “On Hold” until karters were permitted to practice or race again. In addition, KNSW…. [Read More]