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Year Awarded: 2019
Sport: Motor Racing
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Cameron Shields - Motor Racing

Since before he could barely walk, Toowoomba-born Cameron Shields has loved motor racing. After many wins, losses and ambulance trips, Shields was about to give up his love of racing, before an opportunity arose to drive race cars and after only four months was invited to drive in Australia’s fastest circuit – Formula 3.

At just 14-years-of-age, Shields was racing with speeds of over 250kph, two years before he could even apply for his Queensland learners permit.

In 2016, still unable to legally drive on Queensland roads, Shields went on to become the youngest person to win a National Formula 3 Championship. In 2019 he’ll be mentored by two-time World Series Baseball champion Graeme Lloyd.

“I really love the idea of mentoring athletes from different sports,” Lloyd said.

“I think it can open up a whole new facet or way of thinking that might not have been explored yet.”

Cameron; “To be selected in one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship programs is remarkable. The recognition I may receive from being a part of this program and the advice from my mentor, Graeme Lloyd will be invaluable for the progression of my racing career. This is the beginning of a new journey for me and it is one I cannot wait to embark on.”

 

Click here to read the 2019 Scholarship Media Release from 2018

 

NSO Quote: CAMS, Chief Executive Officer Eugene Arocca

CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca Quote said Cameron was a worthy recipient of the scholarship.

“Cameron gives motor sport his all and should be congratulated for being recognised with this scholarship,” Mr Arocca said.

“The Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship is a terrific opportunity for someone like Cameron who is showing tremendous skill whenever he races in the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship.

“Working with an athlete like Graeme Lloyd, who has competed in one of the biggest leagues in the world, including playing for the New York Yankees – one of the most iconic teams in the world – will be a terrific learning experience for Cameron and one that will certainly help him become the best driver and athlete he can be.”

 

 

What integrity means to me:

“Integrity to me is the ability for anyone to stay strong at heart and follow what they believe is right despite any external interference or influence. Not only that, they must stay true to the ones around them and uphold a high moral standard.”

 

Fast Facts

Disciplines: Formula 3, Formula 4, Formula Ford

Occupation: Student

All-Time Sporting Hero: Will Power

Favourite Quote: “To finish the race first, first you must finish”

Plans for life after sport: To continue my involvement with racing and to give back to the sport and travel around the world.


Honours, Awards & Results

2018 Formula 4 National Championships 1st Australian and lap record

2017 CAMS National Young Driver of the Year 

2017 Australian Formula 4 Championships 3rd

2017 Australian Formula Ford Championships 2nd

2016 Formula 3 National Class Champion – youngest Australian to win National F3

 

 

Picture credit: Matthew Paul

Mentor:  Graeme Lloyd

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When considering the stature of an athlete or for that matter any person, I set great store in certain qualities which I believe to be essential in addition to skill. They are that the person conducts his of her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty. These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition, and competitiveness.