The awards come at the end of what has been a remarkable year for Meghan Rutledge. Starting the year as a Junior, Meghan cruised to victory in two classes at the QLD Women’s State Titles before turning 16 and taking the step up to the Senior’s class. In her maiden race meet as a Senior at the NSW State Titles, Meghan stormed to victory in the Women’s class however it was at the Australian Women’s Championship where Meghan truly stamped her authority on the sport. On a wet and muddy Coolum race track, Meghan demanded the attention and gained the respect of the Australian motorcycle industry by winning 5 from 5 races in convincing fashion on her KX250F to be crowned the Australian Women’s Champion.
If that wasn’t enough Meghan then raced in the under 19s class of the Monster Energy Super X Championship as the only female competitor and made the finals 3 out of 4 times. Earning the privilege with her outstanding results throughout the year, Meghan pitted alongside the factory Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Billy Mackenzie and Dean Ferris throughout the Super X Championship and had Team Manager Troy Carroll’s guidance throughout the series.
Meghan’s outstanding results in 2011 have not just turned heads within the motorcycle industry, rather her achievements have been more wide-felt throughout Australia and in particular, within the Aboriginal community. Meghan was a finalist for a 2011 Deadly Award in the Female Sportsperson category and she was recently the subject of a profile piece on the SBS program Living Black.
A happy Meghan says, "There are so many people that have helped me achieve what i have in 2011. I would like to say a huge thankyou to Kawasaki, Troy Carroll for his help and guidance in recent months and all of my great sponsors. Also a special thanks to greg Moss from moss Institute of Coaching fo all his help, support and belief in me over the past 12 months. Last but not least, thanks to mum, dad and my sisters for all their support and understanding."
Through her hard work and outstanding results Meghan has set herself up for a bigger and better 2012 with increased support from Kawasaki Australia and the addition of Monster Energy to her growing list of sponsors.
(Super X images by Shayne Rice - Rice Photography)