MOTY (Motorcyclist of the Year)
My name is Nancy Sabater – in 2011 the American Motorcyclist Association honored me with the title of Motorcyclist of The Year – I assure you it was not for my skills on a motorcycle however in the From The President column in the January 2012 issue of the AMA Magazine, AMA President Rob Dingman wrote; “The AMA Motorcyclist of the Year designation recognizes the rider who had the most impact on the world of motorcycling in the previous 12 months.”
Let me take you back to the day that day in December – I had just picked up my mail and was skimming through and noticed the AMA magazine – I flipped it over and was blown away to see my picture on the FRONT COVER! I didn’t noticed any of the words around it – I was sitting in my car and quickly called my man – I said “Hey, I just got the AMA magazine and I’m on the cover!” He was as surprised as I was and I started reading the wording THE AMA MOTORCYCLIST OF THE YEAR… I said “I think I am the Motorcyclist of the Year” He said something like “No – No… Nancy it probably just says that on the cover and there is an article inside with the Motorcyclist of the Year” I agreed with him and was thinking don’t be silly – why would they name you that – you hardly get out of third gear… but I found that article and sure enough it was me! It may seem silly but I started to cry – I was happy but I was really stunned and kind of embarrassed.
I wasn’t looking for this recognition but it felt good to be recognized. When I looked back at all the different things I did and all the time I had spent doing those things to create awareness about the upcoming lifting of the temporary stay on the Consumers Product Safety Commission’s “Lead Law” – it took me time but it finally seemed validated and basically although it was my face on the cover it was truly a nation of other faces there with me. It was absolutely not me alone – it was an army of individuals doing what they could do as well. Collectively we had a big effect in changing a law – and that is an amazing undertaking but we proved it could be done – as long as we all did what we could and reached out to our moto-community and beyond. It’s Grassroots at it’s finest ~ Once people started talking and they felt that passion in them ~ Once they started imagining their world without youth motorcycles and other off-roaders ~ They stepped up and the small ripple turned into a giant wave and what happened from that action was monumental!
Here is a link to the AMA regarding some of my efforts in the Lead Law issue: http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/news/11-12-12/ama_announces_2011_ama_motorcyclist_of_the_year.aspx
Here is a link to the actual January 2012 AMA magazine that has more complete information and story: http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Magazine/View.aspx?id=565