The Southern 100 Marshals Association are to form an alliance with The South Australian Flag Marshals Association as a result of members of both organisations officiating at each other’s events in recent years.
Both the Southern 100 Marshals Association and SAFMA have similar goals, interests and structures and the procedures and responses to racing incidents are similar in motorcycle road racing and this new alliance will promote a hands-across-the-sea approach to help each other accomplish mutually beneficial objectives. This can be assistance in finding suitable accommodation and looking after visiting marshals whilst on duty at each other’s events and establishing a ‘esprit de corps’ among the marshals.
In addition to officiating at MotoGP and WSBK at Phillip Island, the SAFMA provide marshals at other circuits such as Mallala Motorsport's Park (Mallala), and McNamara Park (Mac Park) in South Australia, as well as many Club races run by ‘Phoenix’, Cafe Race Club SA(CRCSA) and Historic's Register.
Southern 100 Marshals Associations Deputy Chief Marshal, Peter Chadwick said: ‘Over recent years we have welcomed a number of marshals to Billown who have travelled over for the TT and have volunteered their services on the Billown Course during the Pre and Post TT Road Races, as well as having come over especially for the Southern 100. ‘Likewise our association members have been over to Australia to witness and assist at Phillip Island and other road racing venues, including myself and this relationship builds friendships across the world and gets the Southern 100 name, its partner’s Greenlight TV, Manx Radio and Manx Telecom and reputation known to the circuits, clubs and riders as well as the marshals and hopefully will encourage more to attend the ‘friendly races’ in future years.’
Mick Morris, Secretary of the SAFMA echoed Peter Chadwick’s words: ‘It has been a pleasure to welcome members of the Southern 100 MA to officiate at some of the road races we provide personal at. ‘Our members have also received a great welcome at Billown when they have been on the Isle of Man.’
Concluding: ‘This new alliance can only be of benefit to both organisations and the road races we attend.’
New Marshals are always required and most welcome, please visit the Southern 100 website (www.southern100.com
) for details.