Nathalie McGloin has won the BWRDC Lord Wakefield Trophy, presented annually in recognition of outstanding achievement by women in motor sport, and will receive the prestigious accolade at the MSA Night of Champions in London on 27 January.
McGloin, aged 34 from Towcester, is the first female MSA Competition Licence holder with a serious spinal injury, having been involved in a road traffic accident aged 16. She first got on track in 2015 with Mission Motorsport, and now competes in the Porsche Club Championship. She scored her first outright podium in the BWRDC all-comers race last November (pictured).
McGloin helps more people with disabilities to get behind the wheel through Spinal Track, an initiative she runs with her partner, Andrew Bayliss. She is also an ambassador for Dare To Be Different, and has been a guest speaker at FIA conferences internationally. Nathalie has recently been appointed as the inaugural President of the new FIA Disability and Accessibility Commission.
McGloin said: “I’m absolutely blown away by the news that I’ve won the BWRDC Lord Wakefield Trophy. Looking back through the history of who this award has been presented to makes me feel extremely humble. I continue to be surprised by where my motor sport journey takes me and I’m extremely grateful for the continuous support I receive from the MSA, BWRDC and FIA.”
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “We first met Nathalie three years ago when she was just getting started in motor sport and it is inspiring to see how much she has achieved since then, becoming one of the most recognisable names championing motor sport as an accessible and inclusive activity for all. We very much look forward to welcoming Nathalie to the MSA Night of Champions at the Royal Automobile Club.”
Lorraine Gathercole, Chair of the British Women Racing Drivers Club (BWRDC), said: “Nathalie has overcome enormous difficulties to compete in motor sport and encourages others with spinal disabilities, as well as the able-bodied, to challenge themselves. With strong performances on track, inspirational talks, motivating articles and her new role at the FIA, Nathalie is a most worthy recipient of this magnificent award.”
Previous winners of the BWRDC Lord Wakefield Trophy include Katherine Legge, Leena Gade, Claire Williams and Susie Wolff.
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