You have to admire the Kiwis. As a Nation, they appear far more progressive on so many issues compared to Australia.
The conduct of the 57th KartSport New Zealand National Conference on the weekend is a classic example.
The Conference of Clubs was live-streamed to the public via Facebook – no hiding behind closed doors here!
“We knew that karting needed to undergo a significant change in management and process if it was to adapt to changing consumer trends, so the Executive took a radical two-pronged approach” National President Graeme Moore said.
“The first thing we did was commission the services of internationally acclaimed sports strategist and coach Wayne Goldsmith – to bring a fresh perspective and really challenge the Executive and Delegates who were at the conference – and the second was to use Facebook Live to transmit the proceedings so that anyone who wasn’t there but was interested in what was going on could dip in and out from wherever they were.”
“Members and interested parties from around the world were welcomed and included, and utilising a radically different format, managed by Wayne, we had all the Club Delegates, plus members of the karting trade and series promoters, working together as one to formally and thoroughly review each aspect of the sport and put on the table any and every option they wanted to see KartSport consider going forward if we are to sustain and grow membership.”
The result was a very different conference and a very clear mandate for the sport going forward.
“The most significant outcome, for me,” says Moore,” was empowering our Clubs to individualise their offering to meet the specifics of their local demographics and have the governing body serve more as an enabler than a facilitator.
“Ironically we discovered the rules and regulations governing this new found freedom largely existed already and many of our processes will simply need a little tweaking.”
- UPDATE – view the live stream videos of the day HERE (includes auction, awards and the National Conference in 2 parts)