RIP Sylvia Stania

Tributes have flowed from the karting fraternity with the sad news of the passing of former driver, valued official, coordinator & volunteer (over many many years), karting mum and grandmother, Sylvia Stania.

She passed away on Wednesday April 18 after a short illness.

Sylvia and Paul Stania. They celebrated their 59th Wedding Anniversary earlier this year.

Sylvia started in the sport with her husband Paul while working overseas. She officiated at all levels of the sport, from club racing to state and national championships and was a Life Member of Karting Victoria. More recently, she was heavily involved with the Geelong Kart Club, helping foster the growth of grass roots club racing.

“She was the kind assassin in the stewards room” posted Rotax Grand Final winner Lee Mitchener. “I still remember the first pink slip I got from her. She made it more educational than a punishment.”

Sylvia at Todd Rd with her Grandson, Oliver


Geelong Kart Club – With great sadness we have to report on the passing of Geelong Kart Club Chief Steward Sylvia Stania. Sylvia was one of the most respected people to ever take part in Australian Karting having been involved as a high level official, competitor, karting mum and grandmother. Words cannot express our thanks to Sylvia helping out the Geelong Kart Club when we needed her the most. She had so much wisdom and understanding of everything karting. Sylvia passed away Wednesday evening and at this time we are thinking of Paul, Jason, Amy, Oliver and Eden. We are going to miss you very much and you will never be forgotten. There will be one minute silence observed at our May 5th event in memory of Sylvia. Rest In peace.

Lee Mitchener – She was the kind assassin in the stewards room. Always fair but never outside of the rules! I still remember the first pink slip (infringement) I got from her. She made it more educational than a punishment, that’s just how she was. And there were plenty of lessons learned from that day on! She was what karting really needed. And what really made karting great.


Karting Australia – It is with great sadness that Karting Australia acknowledges the passing of Victorian karting identity Sylvia Stania. Sylvia passed following a short illness on Wednesday 17 April. Sylvia was a dedicated Official at a Club, State and National level for many years and a long-time Officials Co-ordinator for Victoria. She was a life Member of the Victorian Karting Association. Karting Australia on behalf of the entire karting community offers its condolences to the Sylvia’s family and many friends.

Karting Victoria – It is with great sadness we say goodbye to Sylvia who was a Life Member of Victorian Karting Association, officials Coordinator and a well respected official for many many years. Her dedication to our sport throughout the years at Club, State and National level was exceptional. Sylvia passed away on Wednesday evening. Our thoughts are with Paul, Jason, Amy, Oliver and Eden at this time. Rest in Peace Sylvia – Karting Victoria Executive, Clubs ,Competitors ,Officials and the Karting community.

Mike Skinner – All our condolences to Paul and the Stania family on the passing of a fantastic lady Silvia. We have known her for a very long time, Rosalie raced with Silvia in our younger days. She will be sadly missed by all the Skinner family.

Graham Ritter – Hard to believe that we have lost Sylvia. The Stanias have been active since forever in karting and we owe them a lot. Thoughts are with Paul and family. RIP.

Brian Francis – Our deepest condolences and sympathies at the sad passing of a wonderful lady Sylvia Stania. Thank you for everything you have done for our family, GKCV and the sport of karting. Always ready to help, so knowledgeable and caring. The Stania’s are amazing people and Sylvia will always be so fondly remembered.

Go Kart Club of Victoria