Supercars team owner Betty Klimenko says she will not attend any of the upcoming events in Sydney because of what she believes is vaccination discrimination.
The Erebus Motorsport owner took to social media after one Daily Telegraph the story reported Glenn Matthews, CEO of Australian Racing Drivers’ Club, which operates Sydney Motorsport Park, had received hate mail from anti-vaxxers.
It came in the wake of the venue, which required anyone wishing to enter the site to be vaccinated twice in accordance with New South Wales health regulations.
In the Facebook post, Klimenko lamented discrimination against those who were unvaccinated, some who she said had no choice but to be ‘treated like the big ones unwashed’.
“For me, it’s not about you or not, it’s about my fellow human beings in Australia and the path we seem to be following, fear and misinformation is a terrible thing,” she wrote.
“The only thing Covid has taught me is how society arms FOMO (fear of missing out). Letting go of FOMO brings strength and power to yourself. You must own your own compass.
So to get back to ‘The Creek’, which from now on will be known as ‘The Swamp’, I will NOT participate in any of the races and will not go to The Swamp.
“I believe and have always lived by a great faith: ‘The only thing necessary for the victory of evil is that good men do nothing’
“This post goes up today [October 9] since I’m tired of people speaking on my behalf. I will never tell anyone how to live, eat or do anything.
“I do not want to give any power to use FOMO against me. I will not allow anyone to tell me, ‘What will people say?’, ‘What will people think?’. I do not want to live my life in fear.
As a great movie said, ‘I have no fear. Fear is the killer of thought. Fear is the little death that brings total annihilation. I want to face my fears. I will let it pass over me and through me ‘.
“I hope you understand what I am trying to say. Everyone eventually has a turn to be a victim, if you do not make a statement, you can turn around and it’s you in the firing line.
“Nothing stops today’s bullies as they are victims tomorrow. We need to stop being Karen, disease experts and vengeful analyst, what we need to be are just comrades. ”
Today, New South Wales ended its long lockdown, albeit with health restrictions still in place.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated will have special privileges, including being able to attend major sporting events that can accommodate up to 5,000 people.
When the Repco Supercars Championship returns later this month, all 24 full-time drivers are expected to be fully vaccinated.