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Following another very successful year in 2008 CAMS is now calling for nominations for the 2009 Rally, Off Road and Women’s Driver Development Programs.

The self-nomination approach has again been chosen to encourage Australia's young driving talent to be proactive in the pursuit of their motor sport careers.

Each driver wishing to nominate for the 2009 programs must meet specific assessment criteria including age, past driver performance and demonstrated interest in pursuing an international career.

The 2009 Rally Driver Development will see the return of co-drivers being considered for the program, a move that has been praised by Australian Rally Commission Chairman Colin Trinder -a co-driver himself.

“It’s great to see that co-drivers are able to attend this program and are being given the opportunity to progress their development before moving on to international competition,” he said.

“Australia has now produced a number of top-level co-drivers including Glen Macneall who has been competing in the World Rally Championship.

“I look forward to monitoring the progress of those who are selected.”

The successful 2009 squad members will be announced at the end of November, followed by at least two training camps at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Although the curriculum will be further updated for 2009, the camps will remain focused on elements of nutrition, physiology, psychology, strength and conditioning, and media training.

The nomination deadline is Monday 17 November 2008. For further information on the selection criteria and to download the 2009 nomination forms, please visit www.cams.com.au/go/sportsdev. CAMS would like to thank the Australian Sports Commission for its support of both programs in 2008 and for the three programs for 2009.

CAMS Rally and Off Road Driver Development Program Selection Criteria

1. Drivers and Co drivers are eligible to apply.

2. Applicants must be 25 years of age or under (as of 1 January 2009).

3. Applicants must currently be competing in a CAMS State Championship or greater.

4. Applicants must be competing in CAMS-sanctioned competition.

5. Applicants must have demonstrated outstanding results over the last three seasons of competition.

6. Applicants must present themselves as a good ambassador for the sport.

7. Applicants must have the potential, ability and desire to progress to an international level of competition.

8. Applicants must be available to attend camps at the AIS, Canberra in January, June and November (November camp TBC at a later date) 2009.

CAMS Women's Driver Development Program Selection Criteria

1. Drivers and Co drivers are eligible to apply.

2. Applicants must be 25 years of age or under (as of 1 January 2009)

3. Applicants must currently be competing in a CAMS State Championship or greater.

4. Applicants can be selected from any discipline of the sport, however must be competing in CAMS-sanctioned competition.

5. Applicants must have demonstrated outstanding results over the last three seasons of competition.

6. Applicants must present themselves as a good ambassador for the sport.

7. Applicants must have the potential, ability and desire to progress to an international level of competition.

8. Applicants must be available to attend camps at the AIS, Canberra in February, June and November (November Camp TBC) 2009.

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