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Successful year for AWED

For Immediate Release: 8 January 2010.

2009 proved to be a year of firsts for Yamaha’s Australian Women’s Enduro Development (AWED). The first all-women’s enduro line-up placed first in the Australian Four Day Enduro, with team owner Alison Parker; the NSW Enduro Championship, with Jacqui Jones; and these ladies were members of the nation’s first ever Australian Women’s Enduro Team, placing third in the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal.

Other results included team manager Jacqui Beattie’s 2nd place in the QLD Enduro Championships; and Western Australian Dimity Duke’s 5th place in the Australian Off Road Championships.

“I’m very pleased with how the year panned out” stated Parker. “My motivation for starting AWED was to help develop female enduro riders and ensure strong attendance of women at off road events, helping Australia develop competitors strong enough to perform at the ISDE.”

NSW Enduro Champion, Jacqui Jones, used her motocross background to secure podium results at every national event this year, as well as the ISDE.

“It was very different to spend a year on the trails instead of motocross tracks” reflected Jones. “I was initially unsure of how I would handle the challenges of the off road scene, however my WR250F helped me podium every race I entered, with the highlight being the Six Days in Portugal.”

Team manager and coach, Jacqui Beattie, spent much of the year running all-female riding schools in southeast QLD, where she facilitated the development of women trail riders and future enduro competitors.

“The popularity of trail bikes for women increases every year” said Beattie. “It was great to see so many ladies at our schools, taking on challenges and honing their skills.”

AWED would like to thank Yamaha, GYTR, Yamalube, Suspension Matters, Fox, Barkbusters, Scott, Unifilter, Pirelli, Whipp’s Alloy Products, Quick Access Computing, Nine Two Decals, Galvin Constructions and Jamie Mackay Photography for their fantastic support this year.

The 2009 AWED Yamaha WR250F range is now for sale. Please contact Alison Parker on 0416 213 799 for more information.

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For further information, please contact:

Matt Cousins, Yamaha Racing Public Relations.
Phone: (07) 5535 0900 Fax: (07) 5535 0911
Mobile: 0416 015 650 Email: matt@fluidpr.com.au

 

AWED successful in separate state Enduro events

For Immediate Release: 26 March 2009.

Australian Women's Enduro Development (AWED) riders displayed exceptional stamina and perseverance on board their Yamaha WR250Fs in both the QLD and NSW Enduro Championships on the weekend.

AWED young gun Jacqui Jones, competing in her first state enduro events, performed strongly to win Rounds One and Two of the NSW Enduro Championships at the Watagans trails north of Sydney; in a race where she was the only female finisher in Round One.

"The course entailed two unrelenting loops littered with bulldust, rocks and ruts,” said Jones.

“There was no break from it and the conditions really wore me down; but I felt determined and motivated to finish because it was great training for next month’s Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE), and the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) later in the year".

Meanwhile, north of the border, another Jacqui was battling the largest women’s class ever to compete in a QLD Enduro, finishing second in the rocky and gruelling QLD Enduro Championship in Goomburra.

2008 QLD Women’s Enduro Champion, Jacqui Beattie, showed her strength and endurance, recalling afterwards that she “felt the motivation to push on in spite of the harsh terrain, as it was a great training opportunity for the A4DE".

AWED’s remaining riders, Alison Parker and Dimity Duke, spent the weekend training for next month’s A4DE, to be held in Orange, NSW on 16-19th April.

AWED thanks Yamaha, Suspension Matters, Fox, Barkbusters, Scott, Unifilter and Nine Two Decals for their ongoing support.

Photos: Jacqui Jones log jump by Jamie McKay; Jacqui Beattie rocks by Jamie McKay.

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For further information, please contact:

Matt Cousins, Yamaha Racing Public Relations.
Phone: (07) 5535 0900 Fax: (07) 5535 0911
Mobile: 0416 015 650 Email: matt@fluidpr.com.au

 

Alison Parker heads all-female enduro development team for Yamaha

For Immediate Release: 12 February 2009.

2009 launches a new era in Women's Enduro; for the first time in Australian racing history, there is an all-female race team competing in off road events in most states.

Backed by Yamaha Motor Australia, the Australian Women's Enduro Development (AWED) team consists of four enthusiastic women eager to take women's enduro to a new level.

AWED holds a trump card in Australian Women's Enduro and Off Road Champion, Alison Parker, who is well supported by current Queensland Women's Enduro Champion Jacqui Beattie, National Girls on the Gas competition winner Jacqui Jones, and runner-up Dimity Duke.

All raced the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) in 2008, where Alison won the event by an incredible margin of 14 minutes.

In 2009, AWED riders will be competing in the A4DE, Australian Off Road Championships (AORC), Australian Women's Motocross Championships and Australasian Safari, with events in NSW, QLD, VIC, SA and WA.

Riders are also striving for the opportunity to represent Australia in the International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal later this year.

Racing is just part of AWED's vision. AWED boasts Level One coaches who have identified a lack of female-only coaching camps in Australia, and aim to fill this void by running women-specific off road training clinics that cater to all level of rider.

AWED is about encouraging more women to participate in off road riding, said Parker.

We have found that women enjoy learning in all-female environments and we hope to inspire these ladies through our training schools and promotional activities.

The race team allows AWED to be represented at high-level off road events, including National and State races, as well as the pinnacle of Enduro, the ISDE.

Motorcycling Australia Women's Commissioner and manager of AWED, Jacqui Beattie said she had drawn inspiration from Parker after watching from the sidelines at a particular grueling ISDE event in New Zealand two years ago.

She is a true pioneer of women's off road riding, said Beattie.

The opportunity to join Parker in AWED will allow me to further my racing and coaching goals which, for a long time, have included developing women's racing in Australia.

AWED wishes to thank Yamaha Motor Australia, Suspension Matters, Fox, Barkbusters, Scott Goggles, Nine Two Decals, Stephen Gall Training, Yamaha Academy of Offroad Riding, Club Y, David Burnett and David James for their backing, in particular given the state of the economy at this time.

The first event for AWED is the Motorcycling Australia Women's Enduro Training Camp in Wee Jasper, NSW this weekend.

AWED management can be contacted at awed@live.com.au for coaching and promotional enquiries.

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For further information, please contact: Matt Cousins, Yamaha Racing Public Relations. Phone: (07) 5535 0900 Fax: (07) 5535 0911 Mobile: 0416 015 650 Email: matt@fluidpr.com.au