BY Jonny Stapleton
Olympic hockey player Nicci Daly continues to move through the gears in her mission to rev things up in the world of Motor Sport.
The World Championships medal winner launched an all-female team to compete in the Tillotson T4 World Cup at Whiteriver Karting centre in Dunleer next month under her guise as Formula Female founder.
The Rathfarnham cross-sport inspiration set, a qualified engineer who has worked with a team in America’s IndyCar Racing series, set up Formula Female to both increase the participation of females in Motorsport and STEM education.
The plan is to use Motorsport as a platform to teach STEM education and to empower females through the visibility of powerful female role models.
Seven new potential role models were announced over the weekend as the seven-strong all-female team was revealed at an event over the weekend.
The racers, aged between 10 and 24, have been entered across three different categories at the Karting World Cup — T4 Mini, T4 Junior, and T4 senior.
The team, which consists of series regular Roisin Sweeney, IAME Junior X30 regulars, Amira Bouhlel, Holly Dunnion, Ellen Donnelly, IAME Cadet class’s Lily-Rose Hughes as well as Formula Woman competitor Kelsey Kirby and Ava Kelly, will make up just short of 80% of the female participants in the tournament with a ‘make the sport more accessible’ remit.
Without team Formula Female’s participation, there would only be two females competing in a field of 91 drivers.
In a bid to improve that stat in years to come Formula Female have also launched Daisy’s 1st Racecar, a children’s book written by Laura Hannon.
The book will be the first in a series of STEM-inspired children’s books that will follow Daisy on her journey through Motorsport and STEM.
“This year we wanted to create a team that embodies the #DreamLikeDaisy spirit and promote the real-life girls of Motorsport that are exactly like the character of Daisy.
“ We want to show the next generation what is possible and what they can achieve just like these real-life girls,” said Daly.
Ireland international hockey star Nicci Daly launched an all-female team to compete in the Tillotson T4 World Cup at Whiteriver Karting centre in Dunleer next month