Speed queen Geena Watkinson has her sights set on becoming a professional motorsports driver and carving a successful career for herself in this male dominated sport.
Her fighting spirit and never-say-die-attitude brought her to the attention of Nile Henry from the Blair Project, who successfully mobilised the Facebook community to raise £1000 to help Geena purchase 2 x new sets of tyres, a new nose cone , kart graphics, and buy an MSA approved crash helmet.
Geena started driving when she was eight, after enjoying the children’s ‘Amen Corner’ track at Center Parcs.
In 2014, Emily was one of only 2 females in the UK to reach the final of the British Schools Karting Championship. She is currently helping to set up a school go-karting club for 2016 to encourage more people into the sport.
In October 2013, Emily competed against 60 of the world’s best racers for a chance to win a funded season in the prestigious Ginetta Junior Championship. She didn’t win, but drove an impressive race and was featured in a BBC documentary, ‘The Racing Set’, which aired in April 2014.
Having tested in a car, I wanted nothing more than to advance in my racing career but unfortunately a lack of funding meant Ginetta Juniors, Fiesta Juniors or even purchasing a kart was out of the question. In the future, I would love to pursue a career in the motorsport industry. I have always had a keen interest in design and engineering.
Emily has her sights set on a career in motorsport engineering and working in Formula One, specifically sustainability and safety. She has just secured the prestigious UK Arkwright Engineering Scholarship.
Emily added “ I think the work your organisation does is fantastic as I have, and continue to experience, how large a role money plays in the motorsport industry and how insufficient funds can hinder and prevent eager drivers from doing what they love”
The latest to join The Blair Project’s stable of young drivers is 10 year old school girl
Aaliyah Ali from Rochdale. The 10 year old is only a novice, but is loving every minute on the race track.
Aaliyah only recently started karting at Daytona Manchester before venturing out to do outdoor karting.
Part of The Blair Project stable of young rising stars, Aaliyah said: “ I am so excited to be given this amazing opportunity. I love gymnastics and cycling, but karting is definitely the best.
It’s not a man’s world anymore. Girls are just as good as the boys and can be the fastest. My friends at school say I’d better win a trophy next year!