Posted on March 8, 2021 Tags: Shannen Kiely
Shannen Kiely (left) and team boss Betty Klimenko. Image courtesy Erebus Motorsport.
Susie Wolff – Mercedes F1 boss Toto’s much better half – developed the concept and set it in motion globally in 2016. And now Erebus Motorsport managing director Shannen Kiely is the latest to be named an FIA Girls on Track ambassador.
Shannen joins Jessica Dane of Triple Eight Race Engineering on International Women’s Day to become the 9th in the programme set up by Susie, a former F1 development driver.
“I hope I can help inspire as many girls as possible to think outside the box and consider a career in motorsport.
“The door is open to anyone that is willing to take on the challenge and we want to see more female participation across all areas.”SHANNEN KIELY
Susie Wolff formed Dare To Be Different back in 2016 with then CEO of Motorsport UK Rob Jones.
From 2020, the Motorsport Australia-backed program was rebranded to FIA Girls on Track, a not-for-profit organisation aiming to inspire and celebrate women in every aspect of motorsport.
It offers school girls aged 8-18 a unique opportunity to participate in MA’s free Girls on Track events hosts each year to grow interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-based) subjects and industries among school girls with the aim of increasing female participation in these sectors, using motorsport as a tool to expose them to the incredible opportunities and career paths.
It also hopes to change the preconceptions of a male-dominated sport by increasing participation of women to spark change.
The initiative was designed to help young girls from around Australia understand the opportunities that await them in the motorsport industry, whether it is as a driver, engineer, mechanic or one of the many other roles in a growing industry.
“Motorsport is something I have been around for almost my entire life, so it was a natural path for me.
“For many others though, a career in motorsport isn’t something that would cross their minds, so it’s important to educate our next generation of girls about what opportunities are out there for them.
“I have seen the amazing work FIA Girls on Track have done for many years now, and I am very proud to be named as one of their ambassadors.”
SHANNEN KIELY, managing director, Erebus Motorsport.
Emily Duggan: Race Driver
Emma Notarfrancesco: Television Presenter & Journalist
Jessica Dane: Commercial Operations Officer and Team Co-Owner – Triple Eight Race Engineering
Jessica Nicholson: Senior Motorsport Official
Jessica Yates: Fox Sports Australia Host and Journalist
Kate Peck: TV Presenter
Molly Taylor: 2016 Motorsport Australia Rally Champion
Romy Mayer: Performance & Data Engineer at Triple Eight
Shannen Kiely: Managing Director at Erebus Motorsport
For more information, email [email protected] or phone the Motorsport Australia hotline on 1300 883 959.
For the global FIA Girls on Track website, click here. https://www.fia.com/thegirlsontrack
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